Admit it. You didn’t think the marriage between Posh Spice and David Beckham would last. It’s OK; I didn’t either! A pop star and a soccer player? When does a relationship with such combined star power ever work out?
Yet these two have lasted. They’ve surprised everyone by sticking together through thick and thin. 2017 will mark 20 years together as a couple, and the pair will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary on July 4.
Here are five facts you may not have known about this powerhouse relationship.
1. They met at a charity soccer match
A young Victoria Adams and David Beckham met at a charity soccer match, where it was love at first sight — at least for Beckham.
He later requested a meeting with her, and while she says, “I didn’t really know who he was. I was never into [soccer]”, she agreed. The pair began dating and announced their engagement just a year later in 1998.
2. They survived infidelity
Although neither Victoria nor David has ever admitted it, David allegedly has had at least one affair during their marriage.
Rebecca Loos, who worked in sports PR in Spain while Beckham was living there and playing for Real Madrid, is the most publicly known affair partner. Back in 2004, Loos went on record about the affair, saying, “We developed a bond as I got to know him. I began to find different aspects about him attractive; he is physically attractive. We couldn’t keep our hands off each other.”
Regardless of the allegations, the Beckhams appear to have worked through the difficulties (if the rumors are true) and come out stronger for it.
3. She’s the breadwinner in their relationship
Though many initially mocked Victoria’s eponymous fashion line, she’s worked hard to make it one of the most respected brands in the business. Her Victoria Beckham clothing line was awarded the U.K.’s Designer Brand of the Year in 2011, and it’s the major moneymaker in their marriage.
Just as Victoria supported David during his soccer matches, David — alongside four children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper — are often regulars in the front row at Victoria’s fashion shows.
4. They support each other’s medical conditions
Living with chronic medical conditions can be challenging, for the person suffering from the condition but for their spouse too. Despite these challenges, the Beckhams have supported each other through their health ups and downs. David Beckham has obsessive-compulsive disorder, which makes him incredibly particular about the need to control, organize and arrange things in a specific way. Victoria has struggled with acne, polycystic ovary disease and an eating disorder.
Both have worked together to manage and overcome these issues, becoming stronger together for it.
5. They understand that a marriage takes work
In a recent interview, David had some inspiring things to say about his then-18-year marriage. “Of course you make mistakes over the years; we all know marriage is difficult at times, and it’s about working through it,” he said. “Whenever we’ve come up against tough times, we know each other better than anybody knows us, so we talk.”
He also addressed those who think their marriage is manufactured, saying, “Do we stay together because it’s a brand? Of course not. We stay together because we love each other. We stay together because we have four amazing children. Of course we go through tough times. When we go through tough times, we work through it as a unit, as a family.”
Awwwwww. Happy anniversary, lovebirds!