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The Willistonian, Est. 1881

“Beckham” Presents Raw View of Colossally Famous Couple

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The life of one of Britain’s biggest beloved couples, the Beckhams, has come to the limelight in a new tell-all documentary.

Long-time fans of David Beckham, a football icon, and Victoria Beckham, a singing superstar, are now learning the story behind the family through “Beckham,” a five-episode limited series produced by Netflix.

The world was in awe when the young couple Victoria and David busted onto the scene in 1997. They were two attractive, emerging stars in their respective fields: David had just become a first-choice player at Manchester United, helping them to retain the Premier League title for the 1996-97 season; Victoria, part of the popular British girl band “The Spice Girls,” was still riding the wave of the group’s record-breaking debut single with their release of “Wannabe” the year before. The two were a star-studded pair.

The couple was first introduced when two of The Spice Girls were in the Manchester United player’s lounge at one of David Beckham’s games. Victoria (Posh Spice) Beckham and Melanie (Sporty Spice) Chisolm were in attendance together. In the show, Victoria and David admit that they fancied each other at first sight. In the docuseries, Victoria remarks how she would start going to his games, “Some to say ‘stalk’ him but I would say ‘see him,’” she said. From then the media coined them “Posh and Becks.”

Yes, the two were — and continue to be — an awesome couple, but they are also loved for their individual authenticity. Many have tuned into the documentary because it shows a charismatic side of the two. Other Netflix documentaries like “Harry and Megan” have come under fire for their seemly scrubbed approach to telling a story. There are many organic parts of “Beckham” that allow the series to feel real. Victoria and David talk openly about their affairs and other struggles they faced as a couple in the spotlight. According to Indiewire, the limited series has been the number one series on Netflix since its launch on Oct. 4.

Bermudian footballer Diego Richardson enjoyed watching the documentary because of how prevalent Beckham was for him growing up playing the sport.

“Even though his prime era was a bit before I was born, his slogan ‘Bend it like Beckham’ was very established in the football arena when I was playing,” he said. “David Beckham was able to differentiate himself from other footballers simply due to his drive to succeed, along with his ability to bend the ball like never before. His style of kicking the ball with the inside of the foot and getting it to bend was something that was never before seen, and something he widely popularized.”

[Editor’s Note: Diego is the author’s brother.]

Diego also gained an understanding of how Beckham’s bandwidth spread far past the football stadium.

“He was the pioneer for footballers to make a name for themselves outside of the sport, to make themselves a brand, and not just be a good footballer for a club,” he said. “In the documentary, another famous footballer Roberto Carlos said that after Beckham moved to Real Madrid the team took a trip to China where he joked that David Beckham had 17 billboards, and he only had one. That was crazy to me because David Beckham had just arrived at Real Madrid, nowhere near the best footballer there, however, he had created such a brand for himself.”

According to the documentary, Beckham tripled Real Madrid’s wealth the year he joined the team, according to team owner Florentino Perez.

Sophomore Juliana Castelo loved the documentary because it showed a less “posh” side of Victoria Beckham.

“I expected her to be very full of herself because she’s a Spice Girl,” Juliana said. “She was more down to earth than I expected. Her actual self that she presented, at least in the documentary, was different from the image that I had of her before.”

After years of denying the fact that David had an affair during his time at Real Madrid, the couple finally set the record straight. In the documentary, Victoria expressed her feelings about that tough time, saying, “It was the hardest period for us because it felt like the world was against us.” She continued to admit, “Here’s the thing – we were against each other if I’m completely honest.”

The couple was candid about how fame made fighting for their relationship even trickier.

“It was a nightmare. From the minute we opened, the press was there in cars and everywhere we went, we were followed,” she said. “It was an absolute circus – it’s really entertaining when the circus comes to town, right? Unless you’re in it.”

Victoria even admitted that she resented her husband at the time and that it was “the most unhappy [she has] ever been in [her] entire life.”

It’s safe to say she did not hold back, which made Victoria’s personality the real standout of the documentary.

Not only did the docuseries show the turmoil of their relationship, but it also revealed how strong the bond is between the two. The documentary is a true testament to the realities of a 24-year marriage rather than a fairytale.

David recalls the work he put into repairing the relationship.

“I don’t know how we got through it, in all honesty,” he said.

The two were once the most famous people in the UK, but they had the same struggles many other couples face day to day. The public will never know all the information about the relationship, nor should we, but it was refreshing to see a couple own their story.

Alex Tancrell-Fontaine tuned in to the documentary and appreciated the new view she had on the couple.

“It definitely gave me a new perspective on him,” she said. “I [liked] that the part where she was trying to say her family was working class and he called her out for getting dropped to high school in a Rolls-Royce every day in a joking manner. It was actually a very sweet moment. I can tell they’re very comfortable in their relationship.”

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