David and Victoria Beckham: A Timeline of Their Relationship

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Through thick and thin. David and Victoria Beckham are one of Hollywood’s longest standing couples for good reason: These two have been through the ringer together.

From raising four children — sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, and daughter Harper — to navigating their spotlight-filled careers, which sometimes intertwine (you may recall the pair’s eye-popping Emporio Armani ad in 2009), they rely on each other to get through whatever adventures life throws their way.

They also rely on each other to overcome struggles, including the never-ending gossip mill that seems to revolve around their love life: Allegations of infidelity and rumors of divorce have plagued the twosome throughout the course of their marriage, but the English duo remains united. “People have been making things up about our relationship for 20 years,” Posh Spice told British Vogue for her October cover story in September 2018. “We both realize that we are stronger together than we are as individuals.”

David spilled a similar sentiment to the BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in January 2017. “We’re a strong family unit,” he said on the show. “We’ve got strong parents. We were brought up with the right values. Of course you make mistakes over the years, and we all know marriage is difficult at times. It’s about working through it. We know each other better than anybody. People have talked about, ‘Do we stay together because it’s a brand?’ Of course not. We stay together because we love each other, because we have four amazing children.”

Scroll through to relive all of the power couple’s highs — and lows! — since they first laid eyes on each other in the Manchester United players’ lounge way back in 1997!

1997

The lovebirds first crossed paths in early 1997 while attending a charity football match at the Manchester United players’ lounge. The former Spice Girl described their meet-cute in a letter she wrote to herself for British Vogue in September 2016. “Love at first sight does exist,” she wrote. “It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge – although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy. While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage – you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you. He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)”

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1998

The singer was all smiles one year later while announcing her engagement to the soccer star at a press conference. “It’s lovely, it’s a surprise, as well,” she said of her engagement ring.

 

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1998

The twosome had more exciting news to share in 1998: They were expecting their first child! However, Victoria’s bandmate Mel B revealed that Posh “had a really tough time” with her pregnancy during the group’s Spice World tour that year. “She was running off the stage to go vomit,’ Scary Spice said during an appearance on The Meredith Viera Show in September 2014.

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1999

It’s a boy! David and Victoria welcomed their first son, Brooklyn, on March 4, 1999.

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1999

Posh and Becks tied the knot just three months later on the 4th of July at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin. The fashion designer walked down the aisle in a strapless Vera Wang gown with a 20-foot train and an 18K-gold tiara, while her husband and son wore all-white tuxes.

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2002

The Learning to Fly author and the athlete announced that they were expanding their family in February 2002. “This year has been such an exciting year for us — England are in the World Cup finals, Victoria’s had a second top 10 hit and now we are expecting a new baby,” they said in a joint statement at the time.

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2002

 Six months later, a second son was born to the couple via C-Section: Romeo James Beckham. “He looks like Brooklyn,” proud dad David told reporters outside Portland Hospital in London. “He’s got Brooklyn’s nose and Victoria’s chin.”

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2003

The family began a new adventure when David was transferred from his Manchester United team to Real Madrid, with the group moving to Spain to be centrally located.

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2003

The twosome were subject to rumors of infidelity in Spain after David was photographed leaving a Madrid nightclub with a mystery woman. Though she was later revealed to be his assistant, Rebecca Loos, Loos’ brother John Charles reportedly told the Daily Mail in 2004 that the buzz was true. “She has confirmed to me she had an affair with David,” Charles claimed. David, meanwhile, dismissed the allegations as false. “During the past few months I have become accustomed to reading more and more ludicrous stories about my private life,” he said in a statement. “The simple truth is that I am very happily married. I have a wonderful wife and two very special kids. There is nothing any third party can do to change these facts.”

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2004

Having survived the infidelity scandal, the pair continued to grow their family: The Spice World star announced in late August that she was pregnant for a third time.

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2005

The couple’s little one made his grand entrance into the world on February 21, 2005. “We’ve got a baby boy. His name is Cruz,” David shared with reporters outside a Madrid hospital, according to Reuters. “He is beautiful. He is in there with his brothers now and he is very happy.”

 

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2007

Big changes were on the horizon for the Beckhams once more in 2007: David joined the L.A. Galaxy team, resulting in a relocation to sunny California.

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2009

David and Victoria had tongues wagging in 2009, when they appeared together in a super sexy ad for Emporio Armani that showed them lying together in minimal clothing.

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2009

For the duo’s 10th wedding anniversary, the soccer stud got sentimental. “I had 10 roses [tattooed] around my arms…for the 10 years,” he revealed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

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2011

By early 2011, a fourth baby was on the way for Posh Spice and her husband. “David and Victoria Beckham are delighted to confirm they are expecting their fourth child in the summer,” a spokeswoman for the musician said in a statement.

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2011

A pregnant Victoria ventured across the pond with David in April 2011 for Prince William and Duchess Kate’s royal wedding. They were dressed impeccably for the occasion, with the businesswoman in a navy frock from her eponymous fashion line and a matching fascinator from Philip Treacy, and David opting for a dark Ralph Lauren suit.

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2011

And then there were six! The pair welcomed their first baby girl, Harper Seven Beckham, shortly after their 12th wedding anniversary. “Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are excited to welcome their new baby sister to the family,” family rep, Jo Milloy, told Us Weekly at the time.

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2013

David showcased his love for his wife through ink once more in September 2013, when he showed up to The Global Fund at Apsley House in London with her name tattooed in cursive across his right hand.

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2015

The duo enjoyed a date night out on the town for a Haig Club London dinner of David’s in March 2015. “Great to have my beautiful wife in attendance,” he later wrote on Facebook.

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2016

Just three years’ shy of their 20th wedding anniversary, the Vogue cover girl gushed about her spouse on Instagram. “I feel so loved and truly blessed,” she captioned a picture from their wedding day. “My best friend, my love.The kindest man who inspires me every day. Happy Anniversary to the best husband and daddy in the world!! EVER! #HappilyEverAfter”

 

David was equally as complimentary, sharing a similar photo along with the caption, “Wow 17 years ago to this day this happened… I was lucky to meet someone who has the same drive and wanted the same things in life… We have created 4 beautiful children and I couldn’t wish for a more loving and caring mummy for them… Happy anniversary, I love u.”

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2017

The professional soccer star shared that he and Victoria had renewed their vows while speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in January 2017. “It was a lot more private with only six people there in our house.”

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2017

During a March 2017 appearance on the Today show, Victoria praised her longtime love, calling him her “soulmate.” “I’m very lucky that David is the most fantastic father and husband, and he’s great and we’re very equal at home and we’re a very, very good team,” she said. “We complement each other. He’s the most incredible husband, fantastic father. He inspires me every day, just seeing him with the children and how he treats me; it just works. We are lucky to have each other.”

 

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2018

 The stylish twosome attended their second royal wedding in May 2018, when Prince Harry wed Duchess Meghan in a romantic ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. “It was such a beautiful, incredible wedding. “It was just the best day,” Victoria, who wore another dark blue Victoria Beckham dress, told the Evening Standard at the time. “They looked so happy and everybody was just so happy for them.”

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2018

Divorce rumors began to plague the lovebirds in 2018, but they quickly shot down the chatter. “There is no impending statement, has been no statement and there is no divorce,” Victoria’s rep told Us. “What nonsense. Fake news fueled by social media. Embarrassing for the sloppy outlets who have chosen to write such rubbish.”

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2018

David got real about marriage in October 2018, telling the Daily Mirror that he has to work at his relationship with the entrepreneur. “To have been married for the amount of time that we have, it’s always hard work,” he said. “It becomes a little more complicated.”

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2019

Victoria admits that after all these years, sometimes she drives her husband a bit crazy. “My room is a dump. I realize I’m too close to Blue Jasmine, and I feel very uncomfortable about that,” Victoria joked, referencing the 2013 film in which Cate Blanchett plays a fallen socialite. “You can see why I drive my husband crazy, because he is super, super tidy.”

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2019

The duo celebrated Victoria’s 45th birthday on Wednesday, April 17, surrounded by family and loved ones. “The most beautiful day with my favorite people in the world xxx,” The Spice Girl captioned a photo on Instagram. “I Love u so so so much xxx kisses from a very loved mummy and wife x.”

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2019

“20 years today. I love you so much xxxxx Kisses x,” Victoria wrote on Instagram where she posted a video collage of photos on July 4, marking their 20-year anniversary. David also shared throwback photos, adding “WOW 20 years, look what we created. Love you so much.”

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