The Beckhams face backlash: ‘They’ll do anything for a cheque’

David's £10m deal with Qatar hasn’t gone down well with fans

Victoria Beckham and David Beckham

by Charlotte Oliver |
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From where we’re sitting, they have the kind of wealth we can only dream of. But, as the saying goes, “The more you have, the more you want”. And according to insiders, the Beckhams want a lot – and don’t mind creating a bit of controversy to get it.

Last week, reports surfaced that David’s latest scheme involves a highly lucrative deal he’s just signed to be the media-friendly face of Qatar – which is known for its anti-homosexuality laws, as well as human rights abuses of migrant workers. Sources say that the former football player has been offered at least £10million to be the Gulf state’s ambassador, which will see him promoting the World Cup, which is due to be held there in 2022.

According to insiders, the “top secret” deal is being kept quiet “until there is an opportunity to land it without David’s PR being affected too much”. It is also only going ahead on the understanding that the country changes its homophobic policies.

Victoria Beckham and David Beckham

Many of David’s fans were quick to express their outrage that someone who’s previously said he’s “honoured to have the tag of gay icon” would want to promote a country where homosexuality is illegal. “He’ll do anything for a cheque,” wrote one online commenter, while another weighed in with, “Everything he does is for money or self-promotion.” A third added that David and his wife Victoria – who are vocal LGBTQ+ supporters, and count lifelong AIDS activist Elton John among their best friends – would “flog their souls for cash”.

Embarrassingly for the couple, just a day before the news of the £10m deal came out, Victoria had put up several Insta-stories in support of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

CHECK OUT Victoria and David Beckham's love story from the start


Relationship Timeline: Victoria And David Beckham

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The happy couple moments after their wedding announcement.

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David and Victoria share a moment before flying to Ireland to get married.

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See here, the infamous durag David chose to wear to meet Prince Charles.

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The Beckhams always did couple dressing well, right down to the matching chunky cross chains they wore to the NRJ music awards.

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Spotted at the 2001 Silver Clef Awards.

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Another memorable style moment when the Beckhams attended David Furnish's 40th birthday at Jewel bar in London.

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The MTV music awards was a bejeweled highlight for the pair.

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And this is why the 'black blazer and a pair of jeans' look was such a thing...

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Remember when the Beckhams moved to Spain? It was the early development of David's affection for beanies.

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Victoria and David had dinner at the Ivy in London .

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At the 19 Management's 19th birthday party David and Victoria shared a sweet moment on the red carpet.

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The beanie returned in L.A. As did Victoria's fleeting appreciation for bohemian-inspired styling.

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The Beckhams were pictured on a shopping trip in Paris.

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Another memorable style moment for the Beckhams as they arrived in Venice.

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If anyone were to resurrect the nickname 'Posh and Becks', this image of the pair at the Sport Industry awards is probably one of the ones that comes to mind.

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David and Victoria hit the red carpet at the superhero-themed Met Gala.

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A formal look for the New York launch of the couple's his and hers perfume, 'Signature.'

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The couple launched a collaboration with Adidas, one of their first fashion partnerships.

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David, Victoria, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz scrubbed up for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards.

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The couple were invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Victoria wore a dress from her own collection for the Vanity Fair post-Oscars bash.

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The whole family (minus baby Harper) supported Victoria at the West End launch of the Spice Girls musical, Viva Forever.

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The Beckhams attended the premiere of The Class of 92 en famille.

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David and Victoria returned to the steps of the Met in 2014, bringing back their matchy-matchy couples aesthetic with these white outfits.

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Attending the British Fashion Awards.

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On a trip to Shanghai.

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A night out in Mayfair.

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Looking chic at the Louis Vuitton show.

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David and Victoria were guests at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Windsor wedding.

Speaking to heat, a Beckham insider tells us that, when it comes to money, they are open to discussing all deals – especially since Victoria’s business has been hit hard by COVID, while David’s funneling cash into his football club Inter Miami (he’s reportedly invested another $11m). “David is arguing that Qatar is changing and the World Cup will help to change it even more. Football as a whole now has links with the country – he’s hardly the only person,” says our source. “And, with £10m on the table, he found it hard to turn down – especially after spending time with the in-laws.”

As heat has told you, since their son Brooklyn, 21, became engaged to actress Nicola Peltz, 26, this summer, the Beckhams have been awestruck and intimidated by the wealth and social standing of their soon-to-be in-laws, Nelson and Claudia Heffner Peltz – whose £1.3billion fortune massively eclipses their teeny tiny £336m. Having spent Christmas with the Peltzes in Miami, David and Victoria are apparently feeling like they need to pull out all the stops to up their wealth.

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“Nelson and Claudia have two private jets, a helicopter, about 20 cars, and mansions in the most exclusive areas of New York and Palm Beach in Florida,” we’re told. “David and Vic felt like the country relations when they stayed there. They had Champagne and cheese flown in from France, as well as food freshly prepared by famous chefs.”

The source adds, “On paper, the Beckhams have a significant amount, but what you don’t see is how much it costs to maintain their lifestyle: the staff bills, the houses, the travel expenses, the kids’ schools. They’ve realised that – in the Peltzes’ world – they’re not rich enough.”

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