So This Is How David Beckham First Won Over Victoria

So This Is How David Beckham First Won Over Victoria

Nandos was clearly fully booked that night...

Picture the scene: David Beckham stranded on a desert island. It’s the stuff of Monday day dreams, but in the place of this actually happening, here's what DB actually revealed when he appeared on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. From wedding outfit regrets to the strength of his marriage to Victoria Beckham… trust us, you'll enjoy it. 

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On dating in Harvester Car Parks…

Nandos may be your go-to first date destination, but in a time before Nandos, there was another chain to try. ‘Their manager, Simon Fuller, was very protective over the girls, at the time he wanted to keep it quiet. Every time I went on a date with her we would sit in a car park and talk. This particular time I had this bright blue BMW that I spent my whole pay packet on… I drove down, picked her up… we used to sit in the Harvester car park and we kissed, of course…’

On the strength of his marriage…

Touching on some bumps in the marital road, David said he and Victoria have survived as a couple, he thinks, ‘because we are a strong family unit. We have got strong parents too and they taught us the right values. Of course you make mistakes and we all know that marriage is difficult at times. It is about working through it. We have come up against tough times. But we know each other better than anyone else knows us. And we talk. Do we stay together because it is a brand? Of course not. We stay together because we love each other and have four amazing children.’

His wedding regrets…

The wedding of David and Victoria Beckham was national news at the time and certainly lived up to the hype with doves, thrones and OTT outfits. But looking back on their 19-year-marriage David regrets only one thing, his showy sartorial choice, comparing to something out of Dumber and Dumber, ‘I even had a top hat in purple. Unbelievable. What was I thinking?

On Elton John not performing at the wedding…

DB and VB are not only good pals with Elton John, he is also the godfather to their children. But ahead of the Beckham wedding, Elton was taken ill, ‘we became friends with Elton and he was coming to the wedding to perform. But on the morning of the wedding we got a call to say Elton was on the plane and had a heart attack. So obviously we were more worried about his health. But eventually, a couple of years later we christened the kids and he performed this song (Something About The Way You Look Tonight) in our house.’

On cat suits and love at first sight (AWWW)…

Having joked previously that Victoria picked him out from a football sticker book and he chose her from the telly, David said, ‘I am not sure that is true on her part because she was never into football but at that time everyone had their favourite Spice Girl and I remember seeing her on the telly wearing a black cat suit… that was one of the reasons why she became my favourite Spice Girl.’ They first met in the Manchester United’s player lounge, spoke for 25 minutes and David got her number. DB goes on to say it was love at first sight. Awww!

On being a style icon…

Mentioning a turning point in his style, David recalled the decision he made as a 6-year-old page boy, ‘I had two options: just a normal suit or burgundy velvet knickerbockers with white tights and white ballet shoes and I chose that, believe it or not!’ It gets better… he wore it again.

On his shoe collection vs. Victoria’s…

It turns out DB is a bit of a collectomaniac, not only does he have 115 caps for England he has a lot of memorabilia. ‘I have so many pairs of boots because I always used to keep them after games… over a 1000 pairs of boots.’

That actually could put Victoria’s shoe collection so shame.

 
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