David Beckham was ‘like an addict’ during early romance with wife Victoria, Netflix documentary reveals

The footballer spoke about his personal life in a new Netflix documentary

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David Beckham and his wife Victoria Beckham pictured early in their relationship in the footballer's new Netflix documentary Beckham (Netflix)

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David Beckham was described as being "like an addict" during the early days of his romance with his wife Victoria, it has been revealed in Netflix's new documentary about the footballer.

The couple began dating in secret in 1997 as they were urged they had to keep their relationship "under wraps" as much as possible, leading the footballer to go to great lengths to see the Spice Girls singer.

Gary Neville, who was Beckham's Manchester United teammate at the time, said: "I knew the lengths he was going to to see Victoria and it was a lot, he was like an addict.

Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) and David Beckham the Manchester United footballer leave the Hotel near Crewe today (Sunday) where the announcement of their future wedding was made.   (Photo by John Giles - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham pictured when they announced their engagement in 1998, in the documentary Beckham was said to be "like an addict" when it came to their early romance (PA Images via Getty Images)

"It was like he had to... he would drive four hours to spend 20 minutes with her."

Neville added, "He couldn't kid us, we said 'where were you last night mate?' and he said 'I just went for a drive', what do you mean went for a drive."

Beckham spoke candidly about this period, saying of his relationship with Victoria: "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."

What, how, and why?

LONDON - OCTOBER 6: British footballer David Beckham and wife pop star Victoria Beckham attend the MOBO Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on October 6, 1999 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham pictured in 1999 after their wedding, Beckham said in the Netflix documentary that he knew he'd marry her the moment he watched Spice Girls' Wannabe music video (Getty Images)

The couple first met in March 1997 after Victoria and her Spice Girls bandmate Mel C were invited onto the pitch during a Manchester United match.

Victoria explained that she felt a kinship with Beckham immediately because he was close to his family, something she felt was important, and that they both had similarly lonely childhoods.

But Beckham explained the moment he knew he was going to marry Victoria, and it was before they had even met, it was when they saw the music video for the girl group's song Wannabe.

Pop star Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) and her footballing husband David Beckham wait to meet the Prince of Wales at the Prince's Trust Capital FM Party in the Park, in London. Victoria made her solo debut at the huge outdoor charity show.   (Photo by Matthew Fearn - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham pictured in 2000, their high profile romance saw them become a cultural phenomenon and be dubbed "Posh and Becks" (Getty Images)

He was watching the music video with Neville, and he said in the documentary: "I turned to Gary and said 'I'm going to marry that one', we were laughing and joking but I said 'no, I'm going to marry that one. The Posh one, the one in the black dress.'"

Neville added: "I suppose most blocks joke about that, 'oh I like her', they don't f***ing end up with them."

In the early days of their relationship Victoria said that she and Beckham "would meet in car parks" and joked "that's not as seedy as it sounds", with her husband also revealing that their first kiss took place when they were sat together in a parked BMW during this period.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Mia Regan, Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Beckham, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz attend the Netflix 'Beckham' UK Premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on October 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
The Beckhams share four children together: sons Brooklyn, 24, Romeo, 21, Cruz, 18, and daughter Harper, 12, who attended the Netflix documentary's premiere. (WireImage)

They were able to keep their relationship a secret for some time until they were photographed together, at which point they became a cultural phenomenon: Posh and Becks.

From then on the couple were always in the public eye, they became fashion icons in their own right and they have continued to be at the top of the celebrity sphere ever since.

The Beckhams got engaged in 1998 and married in July 1999, and they share four children together: sons Brooklyn, 24, Romeo, 21, Cruz, 18, and daughter Harper, 12.

What else happened on Beckham?

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David Beckham also spoke in the documentary about the allegations he had an affair in 2003 while playing with Real Madrid (Netflix)

Beckham's relationship with his wife was one of the main topics in the docu-series, and another element of their romance that was brought up was the alleged affair the footballer was said to have had when playing with Real Madrid in 2003. The couple have always denied the claims.

Addressing the claims in the documentary, Beckham said: "There [were] some horrible stories that were difficult to deal with, it was the first time that me and Victoria had been put under that kind of pressure in our marriage."

Victoria said of the time: “It was the hardest period because it felt like the world was against us, and here’s the thing — we were against each other if I’m being completely honest.

NARITA, JAPAN  - JUNE 18:  English footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at New Tokyo International Airport on June 18, 2003 in Narita, Chiba-Prefecture, Japan.  The England mid - fielder Beckham 28, has ended weeks of speculation by agreeing personal terms on a four year contract from Manchester United to Spanish football giants Real Madrid, worth ?24.5m.  (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images).
David and Victoria Beckham pictured in 2003, when he was alleged to have had an affair. In the Netflix series, Victoria said that was "the hardest period of [her] life" (Getty Images).

“You know, up until Madrid sometimes it felt like us against everybody else but we were together, we were connected, we had each other.

“But when we were in Spain, it didn’t really feel like we had each other either, and that's sad."

She added, "I can’t even begin to tell you how hard it was and how it affected me."

Beckham was emotional when speaking of the period, adding: "Victoria is everything to me, to see her hurt was incredibly difficult. But we're fighters, and at that time we needed to fight for each other, we needed to fight for our family, but it was worth fighting for. Ultimately it is our private life."

Beckham is available to watch on Netflix now.

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