Beckham: 'Paparazzi may force me from Spain'
24 March 2005, MADRID-David Beckham, the Real Madrid and England football star, is considering his future in Spain because of press intrusion into the lives of his family.
24 March 2005
MADRID-David Beckham, the Real Madrid and England football star, is considering his future in Spain because of press intrusion into the lives of his family.
After two frustrating seasons with Real Madrid and allegations that he had an affair, he said he was thinking about returning to Britain because his two elder sons had been the target of paparazzi, the British Daily Telegraph reported.
Beckham said: "There have been two incidents with my eldest son, Brooklyn.
"Brooklyn's six and goes to a football school. I was working. Victoria was looking after Cruz. The paparazzi showed up and harassed Brooklyn and chased him into the football school.
"He is a little boy and for me that's crossing the line. He was scared."
Beckham said his two-year-old son Romeo had also been harassed.
"There was an incident when he was going to nursery and the press started taking pictures of him while he was playing with the other kids.
"I don't know what to do. Me and Victoria have always accepted we're in the limelight and people are going to want to take pictures of us. But when it comes to our children being out on their own or at school, that's crossing the line."
If he decides to return to Britain, no one will be more pleased than his wife. She joined her husband in Spain last year despite allegations in the British newspaper, News of the World, that he had had an affair with Rebecca Loos, then 26, a Dutch diplomat's daughter.
Despite the disclosure of intimate text messages between them, Beckham denied having an affair.
Last week he said he wanted to stay at Real Madrid. "I'm happy in Madrid. I want to stay but you never know in football."
The Beckhams also made a very public attempt to give the impression that Victoria was settling in Spain by giving their month-old third son the Spanish name Cruz. But speculation has continued that she is restless.
In an interview with sports journalists in Manchester before England's World Cup game against Northern Ireland on Saturday, Beckham said: "I love Spain and the fans are incredible. But what I do get there I've not had anywhere else before, apart from America once."
Subject: Spanish news