David Beckham's love life before Victoria – from highschool sweetheart to teammate's wife

David Beckham found true love with Victoria

David Beckham found true love with Victoria (Image: GETTY)

and are one of Britain’s most popular celebrity couples, but they dated their fair share of other people before getting together. Before meeting Victoria in 1997, David had a series of romances – including one with the now-wife of a former teammate.

Victoria also had a few different flames before she found David, having previously been engaged to burglar alarm fitter Mark Wood before rising to fame with the Spice Girls. She also used to date and ‘ ex, model and family friend Stuart Bilton, before she also left him.

However, it was practically love at first sight for David and Victoria when they finally met, with the young pair getting engaged just one year later and going on to have four children. The happy couple share: Brooklyn, 24, Romeo, 21, Cruz, 19, and daughter Harper, 12.

Following her successful singing career, Victoria has gone on to launch her own fashion brand. After kicking off on February 26, Paris Fashion Week will be in full swing up until March 5.

Today, the House of Victoria Beckham will present its Ready-to-Wear collection with an exclusive catwalk show. As Victoria puts her fierce new looks on display, Express.co.uk looks back on the events leading up to her sweet love story with her husband David.

David Beckham

David Beckham is celebrating his 48th birthday (Image: INSTAGRAM)

David found his first love up in the air

At the age of just 15, David met an American teen of the same age, Jodi Price, on a flight from Gatwick to her home city of Dallas.

The Sun reports how the pair became “inseparable” in the week he spent playing out there in a school tournament.

She said: “It was one of those lovely things. I’m gonna blush when I tell you but, just before he had to go home, David held me and said in his funny English accent: ‘I fink I’m in luv.’

“He was so sweet. I kissed him, of course I did. But I didn’t say anything back,” Jodi added.

“That guy did so much for me without really knowing it. Seven months before we met I was in a car accident. I had 132 stitches in my face. I was still getting over it when we met and he never seemed to notice the scars.

“For a teenage girl, that’s some morale booster, especially when the guy who can’t see the scars is funny, sweet, and handsome as hell,” she added.

The pair supposedly then went on to write each other letters and sent presents to one another for the next two years as David was starting his career at .

Julie Neville

Julie Neville is now married to David’s former teammate Phil Neville (Image: GETTY)

David’s kissing has been praised by his highschool sweetheart

According to a story published by the Mirror back in 2004 and quoted by Digital Spy in that same year, David’s first official highschool girlfriend was Claire Pankhurst.

According to the paper, they attended the same Chingford School in Essex, with Claire telling the paper at the time: “I still can’t believe my boyfriend from school has grown into such a megastar.

“It was just kids’ stuff really. We would go to the park and kiss and cuddle. I did like him though.

“We never went any further than kissing in the park. Although I can confirm he is a very good kisser.”


Victoria Beckham - Front Row - LFW September 2019

David and Victoria now share four children (Image: Getty)

David used to date his former teammate’s now-wife 

Just one year before David famously met his wife Victoria at the Players’ Lounge at Old Trafford, the young Manchester United player began dating Julie Killiea – now Julie Neville.

Julie has been married to David’s former teammate , who co-owns Salford City alongside several of his former Manchester United teammates, since 1999.

But before that in 1996, she could be seen posing for pictures with former spark David.

A 20-year-old David publicly dated Julie, who was then the 19-year-old daughter of a wealthy construction boss, even appearing with her at several events such as the movie premiere of Broken Arrow in Bury.

However, their relationship came to an end when David met Victoria, who completely blew the young footballer away.

In the end, Julie went on to date David’s fellow Manchester United teammate Phil, and it seems there are no hard feelings between the couples. They were even invited to each other’s weddings!

David met Victoria in the Manchester United players’ lounge

Victoria recalled how David had caught her eye on that fateful day in 1997, as she wrote about it in her own words back in 2016.

“While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family (He’s not even in the first team at this stage—you are the famous one),” she recalled in British Vogue.

“And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you.”

The next day, David asked for Posh Spice’s number and she wrote it down on a London-to-Manchester plane ticket that he has kept to this day.

The pop star and the football legend got engaged one year later and their first son Brooklyn was born four months before their wedding on July 4, 1999.

In July 2019, the happy couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a private tour of Le Château de Versailles, which Victoria described as “the most incredible visit on a very special day.

“Thank u to everyone who made it so memorable and all our family and friends for always supporting us as a family,” she wrote on at the time. “Can’t believe it’s been 20 years! So many kisses xxx.” (sic)


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