Beckham 'affair' claims dominate British tabloids

Published on Apr 14, 2004 08:36 PM IST

David Beckham's love life dominated Britain's tabloid newspapers on Sunday with a second woman joining his former personal assistant in alleging an affair with the England football captain.

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David Beckham's love life dominated Britain's tabloid newspapers on Sunday with a second woman joining his former personal assistant in alleging an affair with the England football captain.

"What happened between me and David was more than just sex," claimed Beckham's former PA Rebecca Loos, who reportedly sold details of her alleged affair to the News of the World for 350,000 pounds (530,000 euros, 640,000 dollars).

"He needed a woman to be with him and to help him through a difficult lonely spell in his life," said 26-year-old Loos, who claims to have slept with Beckham on four occasions.

The daughter of a Dutch diplomat, Loos had been chaperoning Beckham in Madrid, where the midfielder plays for giants Real Madrid.

Beckham's wife, the pop star Victoria, has continued to base herself in England in order to pursue her own career.

In a statement issued via his agent last Sunday, Beckham said the initial allegations were "ludicrous" and that he had a "wonderful wife and two very special kids".

Meanwhile Victoria, a former member of now defunct British band The Spice Girls, told the News of the World's daily sister paper The Sun the following day: "We have been through a lot worse than this, and we're definitely going to get through this."

But the allegations have not gone away, and on Sunday a second woman came forward claiming to have had an affair with the former Manchester United star.

Malaysian-born Sarah Marbeck, 29, who now lives in Australia, alleged she had an affair with the father-of-two for up to two years.

Beckham, who moved from United to Real last July in a 25 million pound (45 million dollar) deal, spent a short holiday with his wife and two sons, Brooklyn and Romeo, at the French ski resort of Courchevel earlier this week but has since returned to Spain.

He is expected to play for Real against Atletico Osasuna later Sunday.

Beckham is reputedly the world's best-paid footballer, earning around 20 million dollars a year in wages and sponsorship deals.

His earnings currently dwarf those of his wife who is trying to revive her pop career.

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