David Beckham reveals he renewed wedding vows with Victoria Beckham: 'Marriage is difficult at times'



Nearly 18 years after tying the knot, David and Victoria Beckham are taking steps to keep their marriage strong.

In a rare interview over the weekend on a special 75th anniversary edition of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the retired soccer star opened up about life with former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, admitting that the A-list couple recently renewed their wedding vows.

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"We have renewed our vows since [our first wedding]. It was a lot more private, about six people there in our house," David, 41, stated about the quiet affair.

Their renewal was a far cry from their lavish nuptials in 1999 where the couple wore matching purple outfits. "I even had a top hat in purple," he noted. "What was I thinking? I looked like the guys out of Dumb and Dumber."

The sportsman further elaborated on making his marriage to Victoria, 42, a priority. "We're a strong family unit. We've got strong parents. We were brought up with the right values," he said. "Of course you make mistakes over the years, and we all know marriage is difficult at times. It's about working through it."

"We know each other better than anybody. People have talked about, 'Do we stay together because it's a brand?' Of course not. We stay together because we love each other, because we have four amazing children," he continued. "Do you go through tough times? Of course. That's part of relationships. It's part of marriages. It's part of having children. It's part of having responsibilities."

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David, who recently collaborated with Kent & Curwen on a new fashion collection, also reflected on the time he and Victoria first met, saying, "She was never into football. Everyone at the time had their favorite Spice Girl. I remember seeing Victoria on the telly, and she was dressed in this black cat suit, which is one of the reasons why she became my favorite Spice Girl."

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) British fashion designer Victoria Beckham, British former footballer David Beckham and Taiwanese model Pace Wu stand on the stage during a gala of the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on November 10, 2016 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the British Fashion Awards 2015 at London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham congratulate Romeo Beckham after he completed the Junior Marathon during the London Marathon on April 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arriving at the Victoria & Albert Museum Fashion Benefit Dinner & Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty preview in London. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend a private view for the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum on March 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
David and Victoria Beckham attend the British Fashion Awards at The Coliseum. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Victoria Beckham and David Beckham attend the British Fashion Awards at London Coliseum on December 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham attend the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Palladium. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: David Beckham (L) and Victoria Beckham attend an after party following the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the London Palladium on November 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham in the Royal Box on Centre Court before the Gentlemen's Singles Final match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: Wax figures of David Beckham and Victoria Beckham are unveiled at Madame Tussauds on June 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
David, Brooklyn, Cruz, Romeo and Victoria Beckham attend the premiere of 'The Class Of 92' at Odeon West End. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Victoria Beckham, winner of the Special Contribution to British Fashion award, attends the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year awards at Claridge's Hotel on November 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Victoria Beckham and David Beckham attend an evening celebrating the Global Fund featuring the first green carpet challenge at Apsley House on September 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 05: David Beckham and his daughter Harper Seven are seen arriving at the Eiffel tower on May 5, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Hubble/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 04: Victoria and David Beckham are seen leaving the 'COSTES' hotel and restaurant on May 4, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Hubble/FilmMagic)
David and Victoria Beckham walk into the Royal box in the Final at Wimbledon, 2012 (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 20: (L-R) Executive Board Member Beth Moskowitz, professional soccer player David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham arrive at the 27th Anniversary Sports Spectacular benefiting Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 20, 2012 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Sports Spectacular)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY; NO NORTH AMERICAN ON-AIR BROADCAST UNTIL MARCH 1, 2012) David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF12/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/GP/Getty Images)
�2009 RAMEY PHOTO /XPOSURE US ONLY! DECEMBER 8, 2009 - LONDON - UK DAVID AND VICTORIA BECKHAM PICTURED ARRIVING AT A HARPERS BAZAAR PRIVATE DINNER HOSTED BY VICTORIA BECKHAM IN LONDON! XP/AS007KH (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
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He added, "I'd seen her the week before, and I must have caught her eye because then the week after she came to another game. She was obviously there for a reason and I was hoping I was that reason, and apparently I was."

David is quick to add that while their lives have changed over the years, they have grown stronger and continue to work together as a team.

"Back when we were 22, 23 years old, the only responsibility that we had was to ourselves and to our jobs at the time," he said. "We're very respectful of our life and when we do go through tough times. We work through them as a family, as a unit."

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#tbt Just Married! ❤️ March 29, 1997
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 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Happy Anniversary Darling. 16 years ago today was the happiest night of my life.
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6 years ago today we were married. Time sure does fly when you're having fun and you marry up. I'm very grateful to have an amazing wife and mother by my side!!
20 years ago on this day ...
On our anniversary. I'm so thankful to have you in my life... I can't imagine finding my way without you. You are my best friend, the only person in the world that I trust completely and utterly with my heart and soul. I love you more with each passing day and I don't know what I did to deserve you. Happy Anniversary My Love...
Love of my life... thank you for this incredible and sweet journey of being your wife. Today we celebrate 8 years of marriage and 11 together... Thanks for my beautiful and vibrant daughter Sebella Rose... you're truly an inspiration.... Que Dios te bendiga y nos bendiga hoy y siempre!
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The Roaring 20! I love you @instasuelos #cheerstotwentyyears
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We set up our Leica on the tripod and took this photo upon returning from the Philipsburg courthouse, marriage license in hand. I adore this photo for many reasons... that I had just married the love of my life, that we were in Montana, & that we had our baby girl Sissy with us. #nationaldogday #love
Happy Anniversary!! My love!! My dream come true!!! Soooo extremely inlove with you
Celebrating 2 wonderful years with my love today!
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Forever beloved @kyle_newman - Happy 9 years of marriage my dearest one. May you always have the Light, Loving, and Angels surrounding you. Always. 💜🙏💕
7 years in, and still laughing at life together!! Best. Decision. Ever. Happy Anniversary to my best friend, soul mate, and truly better half ❤️
7 years in, and still laughing at life together!! Best. Decision. Ever. Happy Anniversary to my best friend, soul mate, and truly better half ❤️
Happy 2 year wedding anniversary to the love of my life @michaelturchinart!! You make every single day an adventure! I love you more than 3 rescue puppies playing with a baby hamster! #LanceLovesMichael ...still.
Today is our Civil Partnership and Wedding Anniversary. I am so grateful to live in a country that acknowledges and supports same sex relationships. David and I feel very blessed. After 23 years together, we are blissfully happy. Love is universal. @davidfurnish #ShareTheLove
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