Victoria Beckham has admitted moving to Spain was ‘not ideal’ following her husband David’s shock move to Real Madrid.
The 48-year-old footballer was stunned to learn he had been signed for La Liga in 2003, after more than a decade with his boyhood club Manchester United, which meant his entire family had to move countries overnight to move house.
And in his Netflix documentary series BECKHAM, released on Wednesday, David admitted Victoria was ‘not too happy’ with the news they would be leaving Britain.
The designer said this was always seen as ‘the bad guy’ by Spanish football fans because she didn’t move there straight away with David, insisting she was only postponing it until she could find suitable schools for their sons Brooklyn and Romeo.
Victoria talked about the moment David shared the news of their move in the third episode of the documentary, replying: “What do you mean we’re going to Spain?”
Revealed: Victoria Beckham has admitted moving to Spain was ‘not ideal’ after her husband David’s shock move to Real Madrid
New move: The 48-year-old footballer was stunned to hear he had been signed for La Liga in 2003, after more than a decade at his boyhood club Manchester United
‘(David) said ‘we’re going to Spain’, when?’ ”In about 12 hours!”
Victoria added: “I thought, what do you mean, we don’t have anywhere to live, we don’t have schools for the kids, what do you mean? But the reality is that we moved to Spain.”
When asked what she thought of the move, Victoria said: ‘Not ideal.’
David endured a difficult few months as he settled at Real Madrid, with the club admitting he felt ‘lonely’ as he struggled to find form at the club, especially after they appointed Carlos Queiroz as manager.
He said, “That was hard, not having my family.”
“(Victoria) just didn’t want to sit at home, she didn’t want to be a footballer’s wife, and that’s what I loved about her from day one.
“I remember being angry on the phone with Victoria because I felt lonely.”
Victoria admitted Spanish fans struggled to warm to her, especially after it was reported she didn’t like Spain because it ‘smelled like garlic’, which she denied.
Opinion: The designer said this was always seen as ‘the bad guy’ by Spanish football fans because she didn’t immediately move there with David
Real? David admitted Victoria (pictured in 2004) ‘wasn’t too happy’ with the news they were leaving Britain, and the designer added: ‘We had a family to think about’
“More often than not, I was always the bad guy,” she said.
‘It was never about Spain, we had a family to think about. I had two children, Brooklyn and Romeo, and this is what no one seemed to take into account when I was criticized for not having been in Spain from the beginning.
“A kid needs to go to school, I knew I couldn’t move until I had a school for Brooklyn. I did Monday to Friday in London and then jumped on a plane to Spain.
‘But everything was made up, taken out of context. It was never about Spain.’
As seen in the documentary, David scored on his home debut against Mallorca to win the Spanish Super Cup, beginning a four-year spell with the club.
Later in the documentary, Victoria admitted that she hated her husband after he turned their lives into a “circus.”
Speaking about the experience, Victoria confessed: ‘Did I hate David? If I’m completely honest: yes, I did.’
The show then cut to footage of the famous couple driving through Spain with their distressed son Brooklyn, who cried as overzealous fans banged on the window of their car.
David tried to comfort Brooklyn by announcing “it’s okay, Buster, they can’t get in the car,” while Victoria calmed him down by saying, “it’s okay, mommy’s got you.”
Victoria candidly admitted, “If I’m honest, this is probably the most unhappy I’ve ever been in my entire life.
‘It wasn’t that I wasn’t heard. I chose to internalize a lot of it because I always took into account the focus he needed.”
In the four-part documentary, the Beckhams spoke emotionally about David’s life, from his childhood to his final role as co-owner of the American Inter Miami.
In the final episode of the series, Victoria broke a two-decade silence to detail the pain she suffered in the wake of the claims surrounding her husband David’s alleged affair with Rebecca Loos.
The designer revealed that the following months were the “hardest” of her life and that she no longer felt like the couple “had each other.”
Meanwhile, Beckham admitted he still doesn’t know how they got through the 2003 crisis, but he and his former Spice Girl wife knew they had to ‘fight for their family’, saying they felt like they were ‘drowning’ when their high- The profile wedding was in the news for months.
The former England captain also told how he felt ‘physically ill every day’ as he and Victoria battled to save their marriage.
In a stunningly honest interview in the fourth and final episode, Victoria appeared to fight back tears when asked if this was the hardest time in their marriage. “100 percent,” she admitted. ‘It was the most difficult period for us. Because it felt like the world was against us.
“The thing is, we were against each other, if I’m completely honest. Until Madrid it sometimes felt like we were against everyone, but we were together, we were connected, we had each other.
Tough: The latest episode also saw Victoria break a two-decade silence to detail the pain she suffered in the wake of claims about her husband David’s alleged affair with Rebecca Loos
‘But when we were in Spain, it didn’t really feel like we had each other. And that’s sad. I can’t even tell you how hard it was. And how it influenced me.’
Beckham stunned the world when his alleged relationship with Ms Loos was revealed in the now defunct News Of The World newspaper.
At the time, Victoria had decided to stay in Britain so that her young sons Brooklyn and Romeo could remain in their schools. The decision left Beckham lonely, and he admits he struggled.
He said: “When I first moved to Spain it was difficult because I was part of a club and a family for my entire career, from the age of 15 to the age of 27. I’m sold overnight, the next minute I’m in a city, I don’t speak the language. More importantly, I didn’t have my family.
“Every time we woke up, we felt like something was different… we both felt at the time that we weren’t losing each other, we were drowning.”
When asked how their marriage survived, David shared that he was afraid of football while his wife struggled to find a way out of their crisis.
Shaking his head, he said, “I honestly don’t know how we got through it. Victoria is everything to me, to see her pain was incredibly difficult, but we are fighters and at that time we had to fight for each other, we had to fight for our family.
“And what we had was worth fighting for. There were days when I woke up and thought, ‘How am I going to get to work? How do I walk onto that training field? How am I going to look like nothing’s wrong?’ I felt physically sick every day when I opened my eyes, ‘How am I going to do this?’
The crisis prompted Victoria to move to Madrid, where they bought a £3 million house that she says she decorated herself. She later had the couple’s third son, Cruz, now 18, in the Spanish capital.