Victoria and David Beckham are celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on Monday. But if you read the tabloids, you might have thought the couple wouldn’t make it to the milestone.
OK! has been the biggest offender when it comes to manufactured claims about the Beckhams splitting. Last September, the magazine claimed their long-lasting marriage was “just for show.” This past February, a cover story from the publication announced a “$1 billion divorce shocker.” (See photo right.)
That was followed in March by an online story speculating Victoria had separated from David. Then that same month, RadarOnline sensationalized the couple’s decision to reorganize their companies, speculating that it signaled the couple was on the road to divorce. The webloid went on to claim in a follow-up story that they were in the midst of a “down-low divorce.”
David’s rep exclusively gave Gossip Cop a strongly-worded statement in response, saying, “There is not one ounce of truth to this story. Anyone saying it is on a form of hallucinogenic drugs and should come back to reality.” Still, the National Enquirer, a sister publication to OK! and Radar, published its own “barreling towards splitsville” tale in April.
Then in May, OK! said the superstar couple was fighting over David’s friendship with Tom Cruise. And continuing on the marriage trouble angle, a June piece from the outlet said they were splitting for the summer. But each and every one of these articles was false, and Gossip Cop corrected them all.
Given all that inaccuracy, the tabloids don’t have anything to celebrate today. But the Beckhams do. Victoria posted on Instagram, “I feel so loved and truly blessed. My best friend, my love. The kindest man who inspires me every day. Happy Anniversary to the best husband and daddy in the world!! EVER! #HappilyEverAfter.”
And David wrote on his own page, “David Wow 17 years ago to this day this happened… I was lucky to meet someone who has the same drive and wanted the same things in life… We have created 4 beautiful children and I couldn’t wish for a more loving and caring mummy for them… Happy anniversary, I love you.”
Gossip Cop wishes the couple another year of wedded bliss. And we’ll be here to call out any untrue story that tries to tear them apart.