It seems Victoria and David Beckham are always the subject of divorce rumors. But the speculation grew so loud this week that multiple official comments were issued from their camp. Of course, Gossip Cop readers already knew the couple wasnâ€™t breaking up, as weâ€™ve rightly said that for months. Below, check out some of the fact and fiction weâ€™ve separated on this topic just in the last year alone.
FICTION: According to RadarOnline, time apart is causing a â€śriftâ€ť in Victoria and Davidâ€™s marriage.
FACT: Last July, the website lazily picked up this narrative from the tabloid Now, claiming Victoria was â€śincreasingly concernedâ€ť that time apart was wreaking havoc on their marriage. As Gossip Cop pointed out at the time, the couple had actually spent quite a bit of time together around when the stories were published, with the Beckhams even putting an appearance at Glastonbury. And while the blog said a rep â€śdeclined to comment,â€ť a spokesperson told us on the record that the storyline was â€śnonsense.â€ť
FICTION: Victoria and David are â€śheaded for divorce,â€ť according to OK!.
FACT: In September, a so-called â€śsourceâ€ť quoted by the magazine claimed they had â€śmore of a business relationship than a romantic one at this point,â€ť and that they were â€śboth eager to start the next chapter of their livesâ€ť separately. But our own trusted insider, who never steered Gossip Cop wrong, assured us their marriage was going strong and the claim otherwise was simply â€śnot true.â€ť
FICTION: Victoria is worried David is growing â€śtoo closeâ€ť to Lady Mary Charteris, according to OK!.
FACT: After there was no divorce, in November the tabloid tried to stir the pot by contending the superstar duo had â€śtrust issues.â€ť It was specifically alleged that while Victoria didnâ€™t â€śbelieve David is cheating on herâ€ť with Charteris, she was â€śnot happy about their friendship.â€ť But this tale was so off-base that a source bluntly told Gossip Cop the report was â€śnot worth commenting on.â€ť
FICTION: Victoria and David Beckham are preparing to split after Christmas, according to OK! Australia.
FACT: In late December, the aforementioned quotation about the pair being â€śeager to start the next chapter of their livesâ€ť was repeated with the added contention that there probably wouldnâ€™t be an â€śamicable split [until] after the holiday period.â€ť At the time, a rep told Gossip Cop the claims were â€śrubbish,â€ť and further deemed the â€śincorrect nonsenseâ€ť about the Beckhamsâ€™ relationship to be â€śembarrassing.â€ť Of course, Victoria and David went on to spend Christmas and New Yearâ€™s together, as documented on Instagram. Now nearly six months later, theyâ€™ve still yet to split.
FICTION: Victoria and David are â€śheaded for divorce,â€ť according to OK!â€¦ again.
FACT: Just after the New Year, it was once more alleged the designer and athlete were â€śhanging by a threadâ€ť and â€śready to call it quits for good.â€ť Bizarrely, though, the tabloid simultaneously claimed that â€śneither of them want to carry on the farce much longerâ€ť and that they â€śjust donâ€™t seem to care.â€ť The assertions appeared to be in conflict. Gossip Cop also pointed out that after years of predicting a divorce, time kept proving the outlet wrong. A spokesperson correctly told us that would again be the case.
FICTION: Victoria is â€śfuriousâ€ť over David launching a Miami soccer team, according to The Sun.
FACT: In early February, we called out the British paper for inaccurately claiming the coupleâ€™s marriage was in â€ścrisisâ€ť due to Davidâ€™s plans. Victoria was described as â€śseething, devastated and furious.â€ť In actuality, she showed he had her approval and support by sharing a congratulatory video for David on Instagram. On top of that, her rep told Gossip Cop exclusively, â€śThey are aligned as a family. It was a family decision and they are all excited about spending more time in Miami.â€ť
FICTION: Victoria and David are â€śliving apart,â€ť according to NW.
FACT: Shortly after the soccer team announcement, the magazine alleged David was â€śditching his familyâ€ť to move to Miami, while Victoria and their kids would be left behind in the UK. â€śThe last thing Posh needs right now is more drama on her plate,â€ť it was asserted. Curiously, it wasnâ€™t said with what other â€śdramaâ€ť she was supposedly dealing. The story was just more bogus sensationalism, as Victoria already made clear on Instagram that sheâ€™d be in Florida with her spouse, writing, â€śWe canâ€™t wait to spend more time in Miami!â€ť
FICTION: Victoria and David had the â€śbiggest fight everâ€ť over his â€śwandering eye,â€ť according to NW.
FACT: In March the tabloid was back at it, now insisting they were seen having an argument outside a New York hotel and that the spouses â€ślooked like they hated each other.â€ť Both Davidâ€™s alleged flirtations with women and their â€śtotally different livesâ€ť were said to be at issue. But a source with whom Gossip Cop spoke chalked it all up to â€śtabloid nonsense.â€ť And that same week, David paid tribute to Victoria for the British Motherâ€™s Day holiday.
FICTION: Victoria and David are splitting over Bella Hadid, according to OK!.
FACT: That same month, the magazine fixated on David sitting next to Hadid at a soccer game, contending that amid marriage problems, â€śseeing a gorgeous young model chatting up her husband is just rubbing salt in [Victoriaâ€™s] wounds.â€ť A purported source even speculated, â€śThat may have been the last straw.â€ť Of course, this was a non-story designed to give the appearance of scandal where there wasnâ€™t one. Gossip Cop was assured by a spokesperson that Victoria was not upset with her husband for innocently chatting with another celebrity at a public event, and their relationship surely wasnâ€™t ending over it.
FICTION: According to the Australia version of OK!, Victoria and David are on the brink of a split after a big fight at the royal wedding.
FACT: After they attended the May nuptials, the outlet manufactured a cover story in which it was alleged the couple was getting along so poorly before the wedding, they almost didnâ€™t go. Tellingly, though, it was never said just what they had an â€śepic blow-upâ€ť about. It was also claimed that the Spice Girl was unhappy about their seating at the wedding, and put the blame on her husband. A rep for the Beckhams, however, said the narrative was all baselessly fabricated, which was apparent considering Victoria herself had already called her royal wedding experience â€śjust the best day.â€ť She also had a front-row view for the ceremony.
As the list above shows, a disproportionate amount of the untrue breakup claims involving the Beckhams have come from one brand in particular: OK!. Of course, other publications are just as guilty, and itâ€™s frankly not clear why the gossip media often seems dead-set on tearing the couple apart. But while many outlets helped David and Victoria deny the divorce rumors on Friday, Gossip Cop has been rightly debunking them all along. And weâ€™ll continue to do as necessary going forward.