Why Victoria Beckham feels so bad about Brooklyn’s bust-up

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by Kate Randall |
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Is life in the public eye too much for their eldest?

She’s always been very protective of her children, so it’s hardly surprising Victoria Beckham was horrified at recent pictures of her eldest son Brooklyn having a very public row with girlfriend Hana Cross.

The young couple were pictured arguing in the street in LA, with Brooklyn’s 16-year-old brother Romeo trying to keep the peace. That evening they were seen looking tense outside a restaurant, and days later they were pictured having a very heated exchange in Brooklyn’s car, with both of them breaking down in tears at one point.

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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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And heat magazine have been told Posh – who also has Cruz, 14, and Harper, seven, with husband David – is worried they may have exposed Brooklyn too much, and is feeling guilty that photographers now follow his every move.

"Both Vic and David are starting to grow concerned," an insider told the publication.

"They worry that life in the spotlight might be a little too much for him, especially Vic. Brooklyn and Hana have had a few rows recently."

They went on to say: "Brooklyn’s a pretty recognisable face now, so he gets a lot of attention from girls – and he can’t handle it.

"Like any young guy, he enjoys it, but at the same time, he likes having a girlfriend – because being in the spotlight means he needs the security and privacy that comes from being in a relationship."

The source adds that Posh, 45, and David, 43, both have their son’s wellbeing at the top of their list of their priorities, they disagree over how to handle things.

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"David is very adamant that Brooklyn should never indulge this kind of behaviour in public, he’s giving him a bit of a hard time over it, much to Vic’s annoyance, who has been very defensive of her son.

"She’s trying to counsel Brooklyn through it by encouraging him to open up to Hana if he wants to save the relationship. David sometimes blames Vic for putting the kids in the spotlight in the first place – saying if they had sheltered them more they wouldn’t have to have their lives and dramas played out in public."

Ever since Brooklyn was born, he has lived his life in the public eye, as the Beckhams built their brand around their happy family image. But it’s clear he has struggled to find his path in life.

After finishing sixth form, he went to university in New York to study photography, but quit after just one term. However, he has managed to shoot some high-profile campaigns, which has not gone down well with many people who think it’s only because of his mum and dad’s connections. Now, his parents are trying to figure out what is best for him.

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"His parents know it’s not always easy having your every move scrutinised," the source says.

"It’s really tough having to deal with all the accusations that he’s only where he is because of his famous family and he gets a lot of trolls and haters bullying him online – it’s tough for him.

"He’s struggled with his self-esteem a lot, especially since dropping out of college. He also feels like he’s the test case for all the kids – and being the oldest he’s the one that has to be successful for the others, so there’s always a lot of pressure there.

"Victoria and David definitely feel a sense of guilt over where Brooklyn is at right now."

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