David Beckham packs on the PDA with bikini-clad Victoria in never-before-seen snaps from their honeymoon at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mansion as he reveals Alex Ferguson FORCED him to cut the trip short
David Beckham has revealed he was forced to cut his honeymoon with wife Victoria short after Sir Alex Ferguson hauled him back to training.
The footballer, 48, tied the knot with Victoria, 49, on July 4, 1999, at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland with the couple then jetting off to the South of France.
Speaking about the trip on his docuseries BECKHAM, David explained: ‘We had a short honeymoon. We ended up at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s house in the South of France – I have no idea how we ended up there!’
The couple looked more loved-up than ever in never-before-seen snaps from the trip, with the pair kissing in the ocean and cuddling up together in their swimwear.
Yet they crashed back to reality with a bang, with David explaining: ‘We were meant to be there for 10 days but the manager called me about five days in said “I need you back in training.”‘
Fun in the sun: David Beckham has revealed he was forced to cut his honeymoon with wife Victoria short after Sir Alex Ferguson hauled him back to training
Adorable: The couple looked more loved-up than ever in sweet snaps from the trip, with the pair kissing in the ocean and cuddling up together in their swimwear
David and Sir Alex had a famously fractious relationship and Gary Neville confirmed: ‘Ringing David up five days after his wedding is classic Sir Alex Ferguson. “Get back here you flash b*****d.
‘Sir Alex Ferguson had an uncanny habit of bringing you back down to earth.’
Speaking in the docuseries, Manchester United legends revealed David and Victoria Beckham’s relationship used to ‘p*** off’ Sir Alex.
As they were both high-profile celebrities before dating, Posh and Becks generated extreme levels of publicity and media attention, and it’s claimed this angered Ferguson during the early stages of their relationship.
The manager believed that David’s relationship with Victoria ‘changed’ him as a footballer, as he was more focused on his celebrity status rather than his efforts on the pitch for Manchester United.
Former teammate Paul Scholes said: ‘His relationship with Victoria was p***ing the manager off. He thought it was affecting his football.’
Meanwhile, fellow Red Devils icon Paul Ince revealed Sir Alex used to do background checks on his players’ love lives, eager for them to be in ‘stable’ relationships.
‘Sir Alex liked you to be stable. He looked at your background. Didn’t want you to be out partying every night,’ he said.
When asked about their relationship Sir Alex admitted: ‘He changed, there’s no doubt about that – and all the media and celebrity attention was different from what I wanted.’
Cute couple: The footballer, 48, tied the knot with Victoria , 49, on July 4, 1999, at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland with the couple then jetting off to the South of France
David revealed: ‘We had a short honeymoon. We ended up at Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘s house in the South of France – I have no idea how we ended up there!’
Baby-faced: The pair shared adorable images from their romantic getaway as they gave fans a glimpse inside their honeymoon
Oh dear: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) forced David to fly home after five days with Gary Neville noting ‘Sir Alex had an uncanny habit of bringing you back down to earth’
Unexpected: The pair had been staying at the home of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Elsewhere in the documentary, David’s friends and loved ones recalled their shock at the extreme lengths the Manchester United player would go to in order to spend time with Victoria when they first started dating.
The pair’s intense and conflicting schedule – with David at football training in Manchester and Victoria touring the world with The Spice Girls – meant that they rarely had any free time together.
Yet David didn’t let it stop him from doing all he could to meet up during their early courtship in 1997, with the sportsman confessing: ‘I didn’t care when I saw her, how much I saw her.
‘If it was me driving down to London to see her for seven minutes, I did it!’
He added: ‘Everything about Victoria, I loved. I didn’t know she was the strong woman that she was and I like that. I don’t whether it was because I wanted her to look after me… She’s a strong, strong woman. She can be a pain in the a**e though!’
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Victoria was left smitten by his grand gestures, recalling: ‘I was on tour but not knowing when I was going to see him was the difficult thing.
‘He would do anything to just try and spend time with me, he would sometimes charter a tiny plane, like a two seater plane, he would come over literally for a few hours then go back.’
Yet while the pair only had eyes for each other, those on the outside were concerned about the impact it was having on the footballer and his career.
Fellow Manchester United player Gary, 48, explained: ‘The lengths he was going to see Victoria, it was lot. He was like an addict! He would drive four hours to spend 20 minutes with her.
‘He was on the phone to Victoria every second, and he would stay on the phone until 1 o’clock in the morning.’
David’s mother Sandra, 74, was also concerned, revealing she intercepted calls between the pair in a bid to stop David becoming distracted.
She recalled: ‘Victoria would be away and we’d be staying at David’s house and 3 o’clock in the morning the phone would ring.
‘He had a game so I’d answer the phone and say “he’s in bed, asleep” and they’d want to talk. But me being a protective mum thought “you shouldn’t really be ringing this time in the morning”.
‘But how can you tell them? They’re adults. I was worried he’d lose all he worked for because football come first and all of a sudden it wasn’t.’
The celebrity couple, who met in 1997 after Posh Spice attended one of his Manchester United matches with Mel C, became engaged a year later and married in 1999.
Their wedding was a fanfare, with OK! magazine paying £1 million for the photography rights.
David shared clips from his big day in the docu-series, laughing at his decision to make their guests wear black and white while he and Victoria donned garish purple ensembles.
As Gary described the wedding as ‘a spectacle’, David mused: ‘I try to think back to when I decided to wear a purple suit and I don’t know when that happened…
‘I think I just took Victoria’s lead on it but what were we thinking?!’
Having no regrets on her end, Victoria quipped: ‘It was fun! We weren’t worried about what people were going to say.’
Wedding day: The celebrity couple met in 1997, became engaged a year later and married in 1999. Their wedding was a fanfare, with OK! magazine paying £1 million for the photo rights
Bold look: David shared clips from his big day in the docu-series, laughing at his decision to make their guests wear black and white while he and Victoria donned garish purple ensembles
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She continued: I mean Christ, how lovely to be that way when you just don’t really care you just want to express yourselves’ but she did confess ‘I don’t know where the thrones came from’, while referring to the gold chairs she and David posed on.
Fans were also given a glimpse at his best man Gary’s very rude wedding speech, when he made reference to the Spice Girls’ sex life.
He joked: ‘David said the Spice Girls requested the Bayern Munich team be present today and David was puzzled at this request and asked why.
‘The Spice Girls replied that they’d like to meet any men who could stay on top for 90 minutes and still come second!’
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