A Timeline of Victoria and David Beckham’s Romance

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    A Timeline of Victoria and David Beckham’s Romance


    Posh and Becks! The romance between Victoria and David Beckham spans more than two decades and has produced four kids. But when they first met, she was a Spice Girl named Victoria Adams in the early stages of fame and he was a Manchester United soccer star who was rising in the ranks to later become one of the greatest midfielders in the sport. 

    The couple’s love story is featured in the new Netflix documentary, Beckham, which delves into the early days of their romance, honoring their more than quarter of a century together.

    ET is looking back at their love story, from the pair’s sweet love-at-first-sight beginnings to building their empires and families side by side. David and Victoria have endured their fair share of hardship and come through stronger. 

    Here’s a look back at their long-standing romance: 

    1996

    David recalls seeing a Spice Girls video featuring Victoria in a catsuit and he claims he proudly declared to his Manchester United teammate, Gary Neville, “That one there, that’s the girl I’m going to marry.” 

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    February 1997

    Posh attended a game in London with Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisholm) and as David recalls it, he blew his chance in the player’s lounge afterward. 

    “I’m quite shy,” David later told W magazine of the encounter. “I just sort of waved from the other side of the bar. I sort of said hello and then just went back to Manchester. I was quite upset and gutted.”

    A week later, David got another chance when Victoria attended another game in Manchester. 

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    “She’d had a couple of drinks, so I decided, ‘Why not? I’ll try to get her number,'” David shared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2020. “We talked for about an hour at the player’s lounge and then she actually got the train up that day, so she actually wrote her number down on the train ticket, which I still have.” 

    The pair both described this moment as a love-at-first-sight kind of feeling. 

    “I felt that, yeah. You did, I hope,” David teased Victoria on the Michael Parkinson Show. “It was definitely as soon as I seen her. I didn’t even have to meet her. I just wanted to meet her. I just fancied her. It was just a case of getting together then.” 

    “I knew as soon as I met him. One of the most attractive things I found with David is that he shared the same sort of family values as me,” Victoria recalled. “He’s a very kind person. We’re really good friends on top of everything.”  

    January 1998

    After David popped the question at Rookery Hall Hotel in Cheshire, England, the couple announced their engagement with Victoria flashing her massive marquise-cut diamond ring from her future husband. She would go on to have 15 different engagement rings gifted to her by her husband through the years. 

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    February 1998

    The couple found out Victoria was pregnant while the Spice Girls were on tour in Brooklyn, New York. Victoria recently shared a photo from that special day. 

    September 1998

    The duo was all smiles long before Victoria adopted her signature pout. They looked to be totally in love at the Antonio Berardi Fashion Show in London. 

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    1999

    Allegations came out that David had kissed another woman while Victoria was pregnant with their first child, Brooklyn. She shared in her 2001 autobiography, Learning to Fly, that she came home and punched the athlete. 

    “I hadn’t planned it. I hadn’t punched anybody before. Just instinct,” she wrote at the time. “I just felt angry and hurt.”

    The couple both spoke about having suicidal thoughts amid the scandal. They later fled to Lake Como in Italy to get away and came out of the trip together. 

    Victoria and David later spoke with TV host Michael Parkinson about the scandal. 

    “As much as you can trust someone and they say, ‘Obviously, I haven’t done this. I don’t know this person.’ As much as you want to believe that person, they’ve still put that element of doubt in your mind,” Victoria explained of the situation. “People can say what they want about me, but David is the one person — and Brooklyn — that’s mine.”

    “The worst thing for me was seeing Victoria hurting so much,” David said at the time.  

    March 1999

    Their first son, Brooklyn, was both on March 4, 1999. Victoria later shared that he received his name because she had always liked the girl’s name “Brooke.” The fact that she discovered she was pregnant while on tour in Brooklyn, New York, with the Spice Girls was a coincidence. 

    June 1999

    The couple rocked one of their most iconic looks ever at the Versace Club Gala Party in London. Victoria has gone on to say she doesn’t regret the matching leather looks one bit. 

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    July 1999

    The pair put aside their differences and tied the knot at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin, Ireland, on July 4, 1999. The wedding had a Robin Hood theme for the decor with a burgundy, dark green, and cardinal purple color scheme. Victoria wore a Vera Wang gown and a gold tiara from Irish designer Slim Barrett. David wore a white tux. For the reception, the pair changed into matching iconic bright purple looks. 

    May 2000

    Victoria brought their 1-year-old son, Brooklyn, to support his dad at the Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur match. The little cutie toddled over to his father on the pitch as his proud mom looked on. 

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    July 2000

    The Beckhams met royalty when they attended the Prince’s Trust Capital FM Party in the Park in London. The pair was seen smiling as they greeted the then-Prince Charles. 

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    March 2001

    The couple celebrated their son in style, throwing a second birthday party for Brooklyn at the Wacky Warehouse in Cheshire, England. 

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    September 2002

    The couple welcomed their second son, Romeo, at Portland Hospital in London. David later spoke with reporters at the nearby Regent’s Park. 

    “It’s always nervous having children but it’s the most beautiful thing in the world,” he said at the time. 

    May 2003

    Continuing their matching looks, the duo dazzled at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards with David sporting a ponytail and all-white look and Victoria in a lace-up corset dress.

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    November 2003

    Victoria proudly stood by her man’s side as he received the Order of the British Empire honor from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. 

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    April 2004

    A story came out that alleged David had an affair with Rebecca Loos, an assistant at his management firm. It was later reported that a tabloid paid the woman $600,000 for her story. 

    “David and I got through it together,” Victoria told W magazine years later. “No one said marriage was going to be easy. Yes, there have been bumps along the road. But the fact is we’ve come out of everything we’ve been through stronger and happier. It’s even better now than when we were first married. After all these years, we can just come home and have a laugh together.”

    February 2005

    Baby No. 3 arrived while the couple was in Madrid, Spain. Cruz was born at the Hospital Ruber Internacional while his father was playing for the Real Madrid soccer team. 

    November 2006

    Taking on Rome, the Beckhams attended the wedding of their pals, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, at Castello Odescalchi. 

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    July 2007

    As they arrived in Los Angeles following David’s relocation with LA Galaxy, the pair was greeted by some other famous couples. They posed with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes as well as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Warehouse for their welcoming party. 

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    August 2007

    Following their big move to America, the sexy couple got steamy on the cover of W magazine. Though the racy shoot made headlines, they also gushed about one another within the glossy pages. 

    “I trust my wife 110 percent,” David said. “When people say, ‘Victoria wears the trousers,’ I’m happy with that.” 

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    March 2008

    Victoria and the couple’s sons, Romeo and Cruz, cheered on their soccer star dad during his 100th appearance for England at a match between England and France. 

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    May 2008

    Solidifying their move to America, the sartorially inclined pair attended their first Met Gala together for the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy theme. Posh wore a sheer embroidered, collared white gown while Becks opted for a classic black tux. 

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    October 2009

    Embracing American celebrity culture, the Beckhams sat courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks game with their sons, Romeo and Cruz, on their laps. 

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    December 2010

    As the boys got older, they had a rare red carpet moment at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz all walked the carpet with their famous parents, showing off big grins. 

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    April 2011

    A pregnant Victoria attended Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding with David by her side. She wore a loose navy gown with a matching fascinator hat. 

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    July 2011

    After years of having little boys, the couple was delighted to welcome their daughter, Harper Seven, to the family. 

    May 2012

    The couple got caught on the Kiss Cam at the Staples Center, hesitantly complying while laughing off the sweet moment. 

    November 2012

    Victoria was surrounded by all of her boys at the press night for the West End show Viva Forever, which was filled with Spice Girls hits. 

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    May 2014

    The fashion-forward couple attended their second Met Gala together in matching, all-white looks. 

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    April 2015

    On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Victoria gave a rare look into her and David’s lives with their four kids. 

    “Me and David, we work a lot, but the kids are everything to us. And we’re very, very present. And I think it’s important that the kids have a good work ethic and try to help other people in the world.” 

    February 2018

    Victoria gave her husband a sweet hug as he sat in the front row at her New York Fashion Week show, alongside their kids. 

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    May 2018

    The couple was in attendance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, England. Months later, Meghan would wear some of Victoria’s line for her farewell tour of the U.K. 

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    March 2019

    Marking David’s impressive stint with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2007 to 2012, the two posed in front of a statue erected for him at Legends Plaza in Carson, California. 

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    November 2019

    During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Victoria quipped about her longtime husband, “I’ve been married to him for 20 years, so I’m kind of fond of him. He’s a good dad. He’s a very good dad.” 

    February 2020

    The proud Beckham family posed alongside Anna Wintour while sitting front row at London Fashion Week for Victoria’s show. 

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    April 2022

    The proud mom and dad attended the wedding of their oldest son, Brooklyn, and their daughter-in-law, Nicola Peltz. Though they were all smiles at the event, there have since been rumors of a rift between the Beckhams and their daughter-in-law. 

    May 2022

    When posting a birthday tribute to Becks, Victoria wrote, “I love you so much @davidbeckham you are the most incredible husband anyone could wish for and I feel truly blessed. You are my everything x I love you so so much x happy birthday.” 

    July 2022

    In honor of their 23rd wedding anniversary, Posh posted a sweet smiling snap with her man, shutting down the years of haters and adversity. 

    “They say he isn’t funny, they say I never smile, they said it wouldn’t last 😂 Today we celebrate 23 years being married. David you are my everything, I love you so much!!!! 💕,” Victoria wrote next to a photo of her and David smiling. 

    October 2022

    Victoria couldn’t help but gush about her man during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, saying of David, “He’s amazing. He’s so supportive. We’re so supportive of each other. He’s a really, really, really great dad. He’s a fantastic husband. He works so, so hard and I feel very lucky that we have each other.” 

    November 2022

    David got lots of support from Victoria and three of their kids — Harper, Romeo and Cruz — at the London screening of his Disney+ series, Save Our Squad With David Beckham

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    February 2023

    The lovebirds couldn’t help but gush over one another on Valentine’s Day, each choosing to share sweet throwback photos. 

    “26 years and still my Valentine, I love you so much @davidbeckham 💕💕💕💕 kisses,” Victoria wrote. 

    David shared his own post, writing, “Happy Valentines to my valentine 🌹 we Love You @victoriabeckham.. ❤️ ❤️”

    March 2023 

    The couple that works out together! David and Victoria showed off their dedication to keeping each other accountable in a video of them doing a joint workout. In coordinating black sets, the pair locked arms and did a core workout. 

    “Happy Mondays on a Thursday 💪🏼 @victoriabeckham not over the moon with my Made in Manchester playlist but look at her form 🔥 your welcome @victoriabeckham ♥️ @mrbobbyrich 🔥,” David wrote. 

    Victoria poked fun at her husband’s music choices as she shared the same video. 

    “Happy Mondays on Thursday! Husband’s playlist @davidbeckham @mrbobbyrich 🏋️‍♀️💪 xx,” the designer wrote. 

    July 2023

    The couple celebrated 24 years of marriage by sharing sweet anniversary posts on social media. 

    “On this day 4.7.99 ❤️ 24 years and counting 👵🏼 👴🏼 To the best wife , mummy & drinking partner ( most of the time 🤪 ) Happy Anniversary love u so much ❤️” David captioned the shot, which shows the young, fresh-faced couple cuddled up with a pair of puppies. 

    Victoria offered up her own sweet post with a trio of images, including one in which she tips back a glass of wine with her husband. 

    “Still holding hands and still laughing (with you not just at you😂) I love you so much @davidbeckham xx” she wrote. 

    The couple was also filmed later that month jamming out to the Spice Girls’ hit, “Say You’ll Be There.”

    September 2023

    David displayed even more Victoria-themed ink when he got a “Posh” tattoo in cursive writing on his middle finger. 

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    “I’ve just had ‘Posh’ done . . . any of the tattoos I’ve got are of the family,” David told The Sun

    Later that month, the couple opened up about their highly publicized romance in the first trailer for the documentary Beckham. They revealed the sneaky way they used to keep their relationship on the down low in the early days. 

    “My manager kept saying, ‘Try and keep it under wraps,'” Victoria shared. “So we would meet in car parks, and that’s not as seedy as it sounds.” 

    David joked of their secret meetings, “Classy.”

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