The revelation in the new Netflix series called “Beckham”: a look at the career of the former football star with interviews with Posh and Becks and other faces in the family circle
Victoria Beckham said that the negative reaction David Beckham received after his red card in the 1998 World Cup in France left him ‘clinically depressed’. A new Netflix series titled “Beckham” launching Wednesday will take a look at the former soccer star’s career with interviews with Posh and Becks and other faces in the family space.
The red card, the death threats: the memories of the footballer and his wife
In the second episode of the documentary series, Victoria and David discuss what happened in the late 1990s after David was sent off during a match with Argentina. After the match, a pub placed a picture of the star outside its premises and during Manchester United’s first away match the following season, at West Ham, the team bus was pelted with stones and pint glasses. “He was absolutely devastated. He was broken. He was really depressed, absolutely clinically depressed. It hurt me so much, I still want to kill these people,” Victoria said.
While David added: “I wish there was a pill you could take that could erase certain memories. I made a stupid mistake. It changed my life. We were in America, about to have our first baby, and I thought ‘ we’ll be fine, in a day or two people will have forgotten about it.” I don’t think I ever talked about it, just because I couldn’t. I find it hard to talk about what I went through because it was so extreme. Everywhere I went, I was abused every single day “Walking down the street and seeing people looking at you a certain way, spitting at you, calling you names, getting in your face and saying some of the things they said, it’s hard. I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping. I was a mess. I didn’t know what to do.” , said the former player.
“The manager Alex Ferguson called me. He said ‘David, how are you?’ I think I got pretty emotional. He said, ‘How are you, son?’ I said, ‘It’s not that great.’ He said, ‘Okay, don’t worry, son.’ once on the pitch I felt safe. It attracted a lot of attention that I would never wish on anyone, least of all my parents, and I can’t forgive myself for that. That’s the difficult part of what happened, because I was the one who made the mistake,” David Beckham said.
“When I went through difficult moments, I managed to block it, but inside it killed me. Every time I was sent off during that season, it was as if the opposing team had scored two goals. As horrible as it was to see Victoria in the stands (receiving those insults), was the only thing that spurred me on,” he added. In the episode, Victoria talked about how difficult it was to re-examine those memories and said: “Now I understand why I found it so stressful doing these interviews with Netflix, because I blocked out so much of it, and I think David did too, but now it comes back to me: Imagine having a baby and getting death threats? David had to play with everything that was going on.” The couple had their first child Brooklyn in March 1999 and are also parents to Romeo, Cruz and Harper.