Victoria Beckham Tells Hubby: 4 is Enough

Victoria Beckham told her husband David Beckhamas she cuddled their new daughter Harper Seven, “We’ve had four kids — no more,” The Sun reported Tuesday.

The 37-year-old designer insisted that their family was now “complete,” a friend revealed — and her soccer star husband, 36, agreed.

LA Galaxy star Beckham is said to understand why his wife is calling a halt to more children after her difficult pregnancy gave her back pain and bunions. Read more

The Beckhams’ baby is born to be cool

Harper Seven is more than the name of the world’s most famous newborn. It is a measure of how far the Beckham brand has come in the 12 years since they named their first son Brooklyn to a chorus of hilarity and barely concealed snobbery. When Brooklyn was born, the media reaction could be summed up as: how typical that such a ridiculous couple should pick such an eye-roller of a name.

With Harper, it couldn’t be more different. The eye-rollers haven’t got far this time, because the consensus seems to be that it is a really nice name. Subtle, with literary connotations rather than name-in-lights razzle-dazzle. What’s more, this time the Beckhams have shown they are one step ahead of the pack. Ever since it was announced that their fourth child was to be a girl, gossip magazines and tabloids have been in such a frenzy of thrilled excitement, you’d think the other Beckham babies had been lizards rather than a trio of gorgeous, mop-haired boys. The common assumption was that the name would be a frothy celebration of femininity. Mea culpa: last week on the Guardian fashion desk we discussed our predictions. My colleague Imogen was backing Audrey; I thought it might be a Grace. Both a bit Hollywood, a bit European, very chic, very fashion.

The Beckhams were way ahead of us. They have resisted the syrupy appeal of the noughties crop of little-girl names – the formula seemed to be, take one Flower Fairy name and one Vegas showgirl stage name, and stick a hyphen in the middle – and chosen a girl’s name that sounds a bit like a boy’s name. What’s more, they haven’t paired it with a cutesy middle name to girlify it. Continue

Beckhams’ former nanny apologises for breaching confidentiality

David and Victoria Beckham’s former nanny apologised to the couple in the high court today for disclosing private and confidential information about them after her resignation.

Abbie Gibson has agreed to give the Beckhams “permanent undertakings of confidentiality”, Mr Justice Eady heard.

Their solicitor, Gerrard Tyrrell, told the court: “Ms Gibson has also agreed to the withdrawal of her claim for constructive dismissal that she made against the claimants which was issued in the employment tribunal in August 2005.”

He said Gibson had “unconditionally apologised to David and Victoria Beckham and their family for breaching her duties of confidence”.

The proceedings against Gibson resulted from the publication of an article in the News of the World in April 2005, headlined “Beckhams behind closed doors”, for which she was paid £125,000. The Beckhams failed to stop the story being published. Read more

Beckham gives in-laws $16mn Palm home

England football star David Beckham has given his $16 million mansion on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to the parents of his pop singer wife Victoria, press reports said on Sunday.

British weekly tabloid News of the World reported on Sunday that Beckham has given the keys to the waterfront villa on the palm-shape artificial island to his in-laws Tony and Jackie Adams, parents of ‘Posh’ Spice Girls singer, Victoria.

“David realised he was not going to be able to spend any time in Dubai,” said a source close to 32-year old Beckham, who now plays for Los Angeles football team, LA Galaxy.

“He’s got his commitments in Los Angeles and it’s a long trip, especially when he still has to spend a lot of time in London – so he discussed it with Victoria and decided that the Dubai place would be a really special present for her parents.” Continue

David Beckham’s highs and lows and Real Madrid Read

HIGH – July 1 2003 completes signing with Real Madrid from Manchester United for £25m.

HIGH – Instantly becomes a hit with the Real fans and scores five times in first 16 matches.

LOW – April 2004: his affair with personal assistant Rebecca Loos is revealed. Tabloid frenzy.

LOW – Euro 2004: Beckham is among those who miss penalties as England lose shoot-out to Portugal and go out in the quarter finals.

LOW – July 2004: An intruder scales the walls of his home carrying a petrol can while Victoria and their children were in. Security guards apprehend the man before he gets to the house.

LOW – October 9 2004: Controversially admits intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in a England/ Wales friendly. The yellow card he received gave him a suspension coincided with a game he was going to miss through injury anyway.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is astonished by Beckham’s admission and “disappointed with his behaviour”.

LOW – 2005/6 Real Madrid season: Team finishes disappointing second to Barcelona with a 12 point gap.

HIGH– World Cup 2006: Beckham’s free kick leads to own goal in opening match against Paraguay. The goal is the only one of the game.

He also scores the only goal in the second round game against Ecuador.

LOW– World Cup 2006: England crash out of the World Cup on penalties to Portugal in the quarter finals. Beckham substituted off before the end of the game.

Beckham resigns as England captain after criticism of his performance during the tournament.

LOW – Dropped from England team by new coach Steve McClaren.

LOW – 2006/7 Real Madrid season: Out of favour with coach Fabio Capello. Starts only a few games.

LOW – January 10 2007: Real Madrid announce Beckham will be leaving in the summer.