Split misery: Victoria Beckham fears for kids amid custody battle

Victoria Beckham

by Daisy McLure |
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The Beckham name was dragged through the mud yet again last week when the ex-partner of David’s sister Joanne spoke about the devastating impact his dispute with the family had taken, claiming it had led him to consider taking his own life

Former Big Brother star Kris Donnelly, 33 – who split from Joanne last year, just six months after welcoming their daughter Peggy – revealed he took an overdose after he was pushed away from the family and prevented from seeing Peggy.

He said, “There were a load of tablets and I just grabbed as many as I could. I stuffed them into my pocket before saying good night to my parents and going upstairs. I was living my worst nightmare.”

Fans hit out at David, 43, and Posh, 44, in the wake of Kris’ revelations, with one posting online, “I wonder what @davidbeckham would have felt if @victoriabeckham kept his children away from him?”

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Katie Price VS Victoria Beckham

This is one of our favourites. Picture the scene: Victoria Beckham (then Queen WAG, not top fashion designer), at Manchester United, surrounded by a group of Gucci-clad wives and girlfriends – singing Who Let The Dogs Out as Katie Price walked through the lounge.Speaking on her Fubar radio show in 2014, Katie explained: "All it is is that years ago she sang the song in the Manchester United lounge and there's where it started from. "And in a nightclub David held my hand behind her back, it was in my book. It was years ago."

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Katie Price VS Kerry Katona

After meeting in the I'm a Celebrity jungle in 2004, Katie and Kerry quickly became besties – and Kezza was even bridesmaid at Katie's wedding to Peter Andre.But they fell out in 2007, when Katie publicly disapproved of Kerry's relationship with Mark Croft, labelling her 'a druggie' and him a 'bully'.They made up in 2014, and Kerry asked Katie to be a bridesmaid at her wedding to George Kay.

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Katie Price VS Kelly Brook

Katie briefly dated Kelly's ex-boyfriend Danny Cipriani, but ended things when she caught him in bed with another woman.But model Kelly was NOT impressed when Katie sold the story in 2013. She tweeted: "@MissKatiePrice Your [sic] doing a kiss&tell on Danny?? Haha that's hilarious. You dated for 5mins and was one of many at the time. Desperate."They've never resolved things, and fell out again in 2014 when Katie branded Kelly a 'heifer'.

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Katie Price VS Katie Hopkins

Before coming face-to-face in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2015, motormouth Hopkins angered the Pricey by slamming her youngest daughter's name.Referencing Pricey's husband Kieran's affairs, she tweeted: "BUNNY? Makes sense, given your dad was going at it like a rabbit will all of mum's mates."They did not resolve things in the house, and shortly after winning the show Pricey said: "She's a disgusting human being. She really is."

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Katie Price VS Peaches Geldof

In November 2012, Katie commented negatively on a photo of the late Peaches Geldof's son Astala, then six-months, playing with their dog Parper.Writing in her column for The Sun, Katie said: "An animal is an animal and that means she they can turn on you at any point. All new mums should also remember that dogs can easily get jealous of new babies."But Peaches hit back. She tweeted: "Funny that Katie Price aka 'Jordan' lol thinks that I shouldn't allow my gentle, sweet golden retriever dog near his best friend, my son. Could say the same thing to her about letting some of the multitude of 'boyfriends' she has near her kids [sic]."

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Katie Price VS Kavana

Poor Katie. She went into the Celebrity Big Brother house to make friends – and it looked like she did. She and 90s pop star Kavana teamed up for his new music video following their exit, but he later made the mistake of talking about her in an interview.Discussing the budding pop star, Kav told The Sun: "We've decided to to a duet. I mean, God bless her, she can't really sing, can she? But I've said to her that I'll get her in the studio and make it sound good."Unsurprisingly, Katie was NOT impressed with his catty comments. She said: "I did a favour for @kavana_official by appearing in his music video as a favour when he asked but NEVER discussed going a duet with his and this is something that will NEVER happen as infact I'm in the studio recording my own tracks solo [sic]."

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Katie Price VS Kimberley Crew

When Katie sent a cryptic tweet on Joe Hart and Kimberly Crew's wedding day in July, it was assumed she was suggesting she and Joe had history.Katie teased: "All Harts go out to the married couple is he going to tell her the truth about us? [sic]."Joe and Kimberly have never publicly commented on the rumours, but a source told The Sun at the time: "Kim couldn't care less. She thinks Katie is a clueless bimbo. "She has no concerns about Joe's loyalty and told friends, 'In her dreams! She probably wishes she could get her hands on him!'"

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Katie Price VS Alicia Douvall

Katie came up against another former frenemy in the CBB house in 2015: Alicia Douvall. Although the two former glamour girls appeared to make up during their time on the show, Alicia hit out after being the first evicted.She told Star magazine: "[Katie] was looking at my body and making comments. There was a twitch of jealousy. Katie is a very clever girl and it was a strategic move to save Katie H [from nomination]."It was revealed in the house that Katie and Alicia both dated Dwight Yorke, the father of Katie's eldest son Harvey.But Alicia added: "It wasn't only Dwight. There are other exes we've shared. We were direct rivals when we were both modelling. She once tried to beat me up in a night club when she was pregnant!"

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Katie Price VS Jodie Marsh

Probably Katie's most infamous feud – she and Jodie Marsh have never hidden their feelings about each other.When Jodie first emerged on the glamour modelling scene Katie accused her of 'copying her'.In 2015, over a decade after their feud originally erupted, Jodie angered Katie again by insisting she's 'the one who's famous for having loads of kids with different dads'.Katie took to Twitter to hit back, writing: "Don't knock mothers like me, there's lots of us. Didn't you go out with my exes names written all over your body, marking them out of ten after you shagged them (classy)? Well, you've shagged nearly all my leftovers and not one of them wanted you (gutted)."

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Katie Price VS Chris Hughes

We will NEVER forget Katie Price and Love Island star Chris Hughes' 2017 drama. It all began after Katie denied sending Chris any flirty messages after he said he was ignoring her.Things took a turn for the worse when Chris posted text messages she had sent him but it wasn't long before she hinted she has over 50 screenshots of private messages he sent her.Just when we thought things couldn't get any more juicy, The Sun then verified that Chris HAD sent the mum-of-five private messages (even though he originally denied ever doing so). Pricey then went one step further and flashed one of those secret messages.Eek!

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A source says, “This is incredibly stressful for the whole family. Vic was shocked by Kris’ confession and has admitted how torn she feels, which has only added to her misery. She and David struck up a close bond with Kris and it’s tough to hear of anyone struggling emotionally. It’s also distressing for her to see Joanne upset, so she can’t help but despair at the situation.”

In December, Kris hit out at the footballer in an interview, accusing him of “going back on his word” after reportedly failing to help him gain access to one-year-old Peggy.

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The reality star – who was briefly reunited with his daughter at the end of last year – said, “I had a conversation with David and he was concerned I might go to the press and disclose family secrets. We had a man-to-man conversation.

“He gave me his word he’d get Joanne the help and support she needed so that our daughter would have a relationship with her dad – and I promised I wouldn’t speak about the family publicly. Sadly, he’s not a man that sticks to his word. The reality now is he is getting to see Peggy on Christmas Day and I am not.”

And insiders say the bitter custody battle – which led to Kris staging a protest on the doorstep of their London home in January – has caused tension between the couple.

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An insider reveals, “Vic desperately wants to resolve the situation, whatever way they can, because it’s extremely hurtful for everyone involved. David is understandably sympathetic to Kris, but Joanne is his sister and pals feel he just wants to stay out of it, whereas Vic is adamant they should intervene and try to devise a plan to sort things out. It’s not surprising things are a bit strained between them.”

Insiders say the former Spice Girl is panicking the drama could also impact on their four children, Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 14, and Harper, seven.

A source adds, “The public backlash against her family is really hurtful and Vic’s main concern is her children and protecting them from it all. They’re really close to their aunt and baby cousin, and it’s only natural they’ll pick up on the strained atmosphere. Kris recently went to the extreme of staging a protest by placing a collage of pictures of himself and Peggy on their doorstep, so naturally Vic worries about the children getting caught up in all the drama.”

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To add to her misery, insiders say Posh is also feeling unsettled following Mel B’s shock revelation last week that she’d slept with Geri Horner back in their Spice Girls days, reportedly leading to more tension between the two.

Posh and Mel’s friendship has grown increasingly frosty over the years, with Mel, 43, lashing out at her former bandmate for refusing to join their upcoming reunion tour.

A source adds, “Mel’s sex confession really shocked Vic and she felt it was a bit of a betrayal. She can’t help but feel that any trust the girls had is now broken and that nothing is off limits. Vic was in her early twenties when she met David, so it’s only natural she’d have confided some of her inner-most feelings to her bandmates. She wouldn’t want any of her personal details aired in public.

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