Victoria Beckham’s relief: ‘I almost lost David – I’ll never let that happen again’

She's reportedly considering a permanent move to Miami


by Daisy McLure |
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They’ve reportedly snapped up the sprawling £20m Miami penthouse they were seen viewing last summer, just a stone’s throw away from the grounds of David Beckham’s new MLS football team, Inter Miami. News of the joint purchase of their five-bed home was a stark contrast to last year, when insiders claimed Posh, 45 – real name Victoria Beckham – had been left upset over her husband’s desire to buy the “bachelor pad”, instead of a more practical base for her and their four children, as she described the persistent speculation over their marriage as “frustrating” ahead of their 20th wedding anniversary.

And pals say her U-turn over buying the luxury penthouse – which has its own helipad, rooftop pool, gym and hair salon – was fuelled by the current coronavirus pandemic, which has made her reassess her priorities.

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David and Victoria at Meghan and Harry's wedding ©Getty

A source says, “After everything that’s happened over the last few weeks, and having relished in having so much quality time together as a family, Vic’s realised how the most important thing is them being all together in one place and creating new memories. They’ve spent years of their marriage apart because of work. She’s glad they’ve spent all this time together recently as they’ve reconnected. It made her feel that, if she hadn’t agreed to the purchase of the new pad and made the decision to spend more time over there with him, it could have just driven a wedge between them further and she couldn’t bear to lose that closeness with David again.

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Mel’s sex claims

Mel B, 43, sensationally revealed last week that she'd had a boozy night of passion with Geri, 46 – who is said to be furious with her, as her daughter Bluebell, 13, could read the story. A worried Mel C, 45, hinted the fallout could ruin the reunion, responding to Mel B's exposé by saying, "That's it then, the tour is off."

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Geri’s posh new life

Geri married F1 boss Christian Horner in 2015 and replaced the tongue-poking andpeace-signs with spiritualism sessionsand cookery classes. She has a society neighbour, Lady Joanna Wellesley, and a menagerie of goats and donkeys at her country manor. She also reportedly stopped a photo shoot with the Spices so she could meditate – and her new lifestyle is said to have irked Northern lass Mel B.

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Manager fallout

The Spices sacked old boss Simon Fuller in 1997, amid reports he'd had a relationship with Emma Bunton, 43 – which they both denied – but he's involved with the tour in partnership with Mel C's Modest Management agency. He's also responsible for Brand Beckham – which won't sit well with the girls if they reportedly continue to clash with Posh, 44.

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Post & Mel B's feud

Fans want a guest appearance fromPosh, but she doesn't get on with Mel B. Mel reportedly described Posh as "a bit of a bitch" in an interview last month, and allegedly told her to "f*** off" during a phone call last year. She then dressed up as her for Halloween. Posh also said the girls used to switch off her mic on-stage!

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Nerves over past humiliation

Their 2007 comeback single Headlines was a flop, limping into the charts at number 20, and they fear the same will happen with the tour. Emma suffered anxiety before tickets went on sale, while Geri is reportedly taking singing lessons to avoid embarrassment.

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Fury at Jess Glynne payout

Allegedly without the girls' say so, tour managers booked Jess Glynne as their support act, agreeing to a hefty £1.3million fee. The Spice Girls, who are rumoured to be pocketing £2.2m each, are said to be furious, suggesting tensions will rise in the dressing rooms. Jess, however, said she only agreed to the tour as she was such a massive Spice Girls fan and wanted to "hang out" with them.

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Wardrobe woes

Stage costumes are causing problems as the foursome struggle to agree whether their fans want to see them wearing their '90s outfits – think Union Jack dresses – or more grown-up attire. While Mel B is apparently "desperate to relaunch herself as an edgy, sexy star to compete with the likes of Rita Ora", Geri wants a more wholesome image to appeal to the older, original fans.

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Victoria is still cashing in

It's no secret that money is a big motivation for the tour. But Victoria will still make millions without stepping foot on stage, as she owns an equal stake in the band's brand. This has reportedly caused fury among the band members.

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A fifth spice?

The Girls are reportedly discussing having a "fifth Spice". Comedian Jack Whitehall and superfan Adele have offered their services, while The X Factor's Saara Aalto revealed Mel C told her she could join. But would that mean splitting their earnings even further?

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Old animosities

Although Emma is seen as the sweet one, she's no pushover. She may have forgiven Geri for quitting the band in 2003, but reveals that she won't stay quiet if the Girls squabble. "I was never afraid to say exactly what I thought. It's still the same now," she said recently.

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“After he opened her mind to what an incredible space it would be for the kids, and said she could have free rein with the interior design, Vic started seeing everything in a different light and realised how exciting this move could be. She wants to focus on creating a dream home for them and spending as much time there with him as she possibly can.”

Insiders recently told Closer how the fashion designer – who’s been holed-up at their Cotswolds mansion with David and their youngest three children, sons Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, and eight-year-old daughter, Harper – was struggling being apart from her eldest son, Brooklyn, 21, who’s isolating in New York with his US girlfriend Nicola Peltz, 25.

And with the budding photographer reportedly set to make his stay more permanent and move in with actress Nicola, pals say it’s further fuelled Posh’s decision to spend as much time in the US as possible – with Miami being just a three-hour flight away from Brooklyn’s new home, which is also on the East Coast. The source says, “Vic’s conscious about the issues involved in moving over there permanently while Romeo and Cruz are at such crucial stages in school. For now, she’s vowed to spend all school holidays in Miami with David and split her time between there and London for the next couple of years, at which point the boys will be out of school and she can move Harper before she starts high school there.”

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Posh and David continued to prove their marriage had weathered the storm last week, amid a flurry of flirtatious posts on Instagram proving their undeniable chemistry as they showed off their silly sides. In one, the former Spice Girl revealed how David cheekily vandalised her washing-up gloves with a drawing of a penis after coining them her “new best friend” in reference to the amount of cleaning she’s been forced to undertake.

And after navigating their conflicting schedules for the last two decades and being forced to spend chunks of time apart, pals say having turned the lockdown into a positive to treasure the time with her husband, Posh can’t wait to start their new adventure in Miami.

The source adds, “Vic loves being with David 24/7 – using the time to reconnect, bond and talk for hours on end.

“She’s so excited about their new home and can’t wait for this current situation to be over so that they can start living their new dream in Miami – even more so now she feels like she’s fallen in love with David all over again.”

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