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TALK OF THE TOWN: Beckhams slap down divorce rumours after agreeing to appear on Vogue cover


David Beckham has been persuaded to appear on the cover of next month’s Vogue magazine with wife Victoria – to avoid further spurious rumours that the couple are set to divorce.

I can reveal that in May, the former England captain insisted he would not feature on the front page picture to go alongside a family interview in the glossy magazine.

The shoot, with Posh and their four children, was arranged to mark ten years of Victoria’s fashion range. Annoyingly for Vogue, Beckham agreed to appear on the inside pages only.

However, after the couple were forced to deny earlier this summer that their 19-year marriage had hit a rocky patch, David, 43, thought his original decision would prompt yet more silly claims.

Interestingly, the Beckhams believe it was the decision for Posh, 44, to pose with her children – but without David –that prompted the whispers in the first place because it made her look like a single mother.

David Beckham has been persuaded to appear on the cover of next month’s Vogue magazine with wife Victoria – to avoid further spurious rumours that the couple are set to divorce

David Beckham has been persuaded to appear on the cover of next month’s Vogue magazine with wife Victoria – to avoid further spurious rumours that the couple are set to divorce

A source said: ‘Initially David wanted to leave it to Victoria – he didn’t want to be her appendage.

‘Their businesses are run separately, so given that the whole interview and photoshoot was to mark the anniversary of her company, David felt he should leave it to her. Then, of course, the rumour situation happened, which David and Victoria think was started by her posing without him.

‘After much deliberation, David decided that to avoid even more nonsense when the magazine is published in September, he would go on the cover.’

Fortunately, I hear, there were so many lovely family pictures that included the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star that Vogue editor Edward Enninful did not have to order an expensive reshoot. The interview will be the first the couple have done alongside their children – Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13, and Harper, seven.

Although Victoria’s high-end fashion label is celebrating its tenth anniversary, it has faced a rocky past 12 months. The firm lost £8.4 million last year, and four months ago Victoria was forced to make 60 staff redundant.

But I hear that the Vogue article will focus on her success as a fashionista and working mother – and Victoria cannot wait to see it in print.

A source said: ‘Their businesses are run separately, so given that the whole interview and photoshoot was to mark the anniversary of her company, David felt he should leave it to her'

A source said: ‘Their businesses are run separately, so given that the whole interview and photoshoot was to mark the anniversary of her company, David felt he should leave it to her’

 

Eyebrows were raised when Prince William missed his friend Charlie van Straubenzee’s wedding in Frensham, Surrey, last weekend – but I think I know why. As the register was signed, Wills’s first love Rose Farquhar sang Elvis’s hit Can’t Help Falling In Love. Awkward!

 

Strictly Come Dancing, the show that has turned some of the most unremarkable people in the public eye into stars, has had to break its own recruitment rules. Producers had banned reality TV personalities from the line-up and were hoping to attract Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Only they’ve ended up with Lee Ryan the former boyband and Celebrity Big Brother hunk. 

Strictly Come Dancing has ended up with Lee Ryan the former boyband and Celebrity Big Brother hunk

Strictly Come Dancing has ended up with Lee Ryan the former boyband and Celebrity Big Brother hunk



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