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David Beckham's alleged lover bares all

England football captain David Beckham's latest alleged lover Sarah Marbeck has paraded topless in British newspapers. The Aussie model left on only shoes and fishnet tights in a series of snaps published by the tabloid press.
PTI | By AFP, London
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2004 02:32 PM IST

England football captain David Beckham's latest alleged lover has paraded topless in Tuesday's British newspapers.

The former Manchester United star, sold to Real Madrid for 25 million pounds last July, has been the target of a daily barrage of revelations in the British press for the last nine days despite a stream of denials.

His first alleged lover, erstwhile personal assistant Rebecca Loos, offered only a cheek glimpse of her talents to the press when she came out last week.

But Malaysian-born Sarah Marbeck from Australia has left on only shoes and fishnet tights in a series of snaps published by the tabloid press.

Marbeck claims she had a passionate affair with Beckham while Beckham's wife, Victoria, was pregnant with second son Romeo.

But Victoria, the Posh Spice pop singer, has adamantly stood by her man throughout the storm.

To make matters worse for the 28-year-old, Beckham was dubbed Forrest Gump by the Spanish press after Real Madrid lost at home for the first time this season - 3-0 to Osasuna Pamplona - to fall behind Valencia in the Spanish league.

He can at least find refuge from his private woes in Spain where the local press has concentrated on his football with Real.

The Beckhams made a show of unity over the Easter weekend travelling to London from their Hertfordshire home -- dubbed Beckingham Palace by the media -- for dinner at the exclusive Claridges restaurant.

After three hours at the celebrity hotspot, the pair emerged smiling before a horde of waiting photographers and journalists.

But the media frenzy surrounding arguably Britain's most celebrated couple is unlikely to subside in a hurry.

Sky News, Britain's most-watched 24 hour news channel said late Sunday it had scooped a TV interview with Loos to be screened on Thursday at 10:00 pm (2100 GMT).

Loos gave a "kiss-and-tell" interview to the News of the World on Sunday, a week after the allegations first surfaced that she had bedded Beckham.

"What happened between me and David was more than just sex," she told the Sunday newspaper, which reportedly paid 300,000 pounds (450,000 euros, 550,000 dollars) for her story.

"He needed a woman to be with him and to help him through a difficult lonely spell in his life," said Loos, who met Beckham while chaperoning him when he moved to Madrid.

Victoria, a former member of now-defunct British band The Spice Girls, continued to base herself in England in order to pursue her own career, fuelling media speculation that their marriage was under strain.

"His wife was thousands of miles away all the time and was no support to him at all," said Loos, the daughter of a Dutch diplomat.

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

Victoria told The Sun newspaper the next day: "We have been through a lot worse than this, and we're definitely going to get through this."

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.

Beckham reputedly nets around 20 million dollars a year in wages and sponsorship deals, dwarfing the earnings of his wife who is trying to revive her pop career.

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