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Fling with Beckham lasted 10 days: Loos

Rebecca Loos who claims she had an affair with soccer star David Beckham said Monday that the fling lasted just 10 days - not as long as the story has since run on British front pages.
PTI | By Associated Press, London
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2004 03:44 PM IST

A woman who claims she had an affair with soccer star David Beckham said Monday that the fling lasted just 10 days - not as long as the story has since run on British front pages. "It was a space of 10 days and I had a bit of a fling, and then it was over," Rebecca Loos said in a live television interview. "I felt that I was falling for him pretty fast, but then again it was over so quickly," she said.

Beckham has described claims by Loos and other women that he was their lover was "ludicrous" and "absurd." He and his wife Victoria, the former "Posh" Spice Girl, have made a point of appearing happy and affectionate in a series of public appearances, which sometimes included sons Brooklyn and Romeo. Loos, 26, who had previously done an hour-long interview with the British channel Sky One, spent about 15 minutes answering questions from Judy Finnegan and Richard Madeley on the "Richard and Judy" show.

In the earlier interview, Loos said the affair amounted to half a dozen encounters: the first made her ecstatic but the last left her feeling "used."

Loos was asked on Monday whether Victoria's decision not to stay with Beckham in Spain after he transferred to Real Madrid was a factor in the fling.

"To a great extent I would. I feel that if there hadn't been a gap in that bed, I wouldn't have been in it," said Loos, who was formerly Beckham's personal assistant.

"He often said how much he missed his family, how much he missed the boys. He would never sit there and say, 'oh, I'm really lonely.' That's not what you do, is it? He was homesick and he missed his family."

As in the earlier interview, Loos was quieter and less animated than her interviewers. She showed the most life when told that the show would broadcast a murky videotape of her with Beckham at a nightclub on the night the affair supposedly began. "Wow! I've never seen the actual tape," Loos said. She said Beckham knew she was bisexual. "I think he quite liked it."

She denied that Beckham had ever said he was no longer attracted to his wife, who is notably thin.

However, she added: "We were in the nightclub ... and we were talking about what sort of girls or boys we like, and things like that. And he said he liked women with very curvaceous figures. I looked quite surprised, obviously, because that's nothing like his wife. And he said, 'you wouldn't think that, would you?"' Since the News of the World first reported allegations of an affair between Loos and Beckham two weeks ago, an Australian woman, Sarah Marbeck, has also claimed to have been Beckham's lover. Managers of two escort agencies in Australia have said Marbeck, a native of Malaysia, worked for them. One of the managers said she had confessed that her story about Beckham was false. In an interview broadcast Monday on Channel Nine's "A Current Affair" in Australia, Marbeck said it had been "love at first sight."

"I have waited three years and been really loyal to him," said Marbeck.
She added: "It upset me when he got that Parent of the Year award in Spain. You read things like that and you go 'unbelievable, you are so bad."'

The Beckham story showed signs of dying down Monday, with just two of the five popular tabloids giving it front-page space. The News of the World on Sunday had quoted a "friend" as saying Beckham had confessed to his wife; The Sun on Monday quoted a "friend" as saying he had nothing to confess.

Max Clifford, a British publicist who has been involved in other sordid exposes, has confirmed that he is working for Loos. The Evening Standard newspaper, which interviewed Clifford in Spain, quoted him as saying Loos had made media deals worth 800,000 pounds (US$1.44 million), including 350,000 pounds (US$630,000) for an exclusive interview with the News of the World. Clifford said the frenzy hasn't harmed anyone, including Victoria Beckham.

"For Victoria, it's given her what she craves most: saturation coverage. The only reason she's famous is because she's Mrs. Beckham _ her career disappeared years ago," Clifford was quoted as saying. "I wouldn't say she's enjoying it, but given the choice between no publicity and this, she would choose this."

Roy Greenslade, a former editor of the tabloid Daily Mirror, wrote in Monday's editions of The Guardian newspaper that the Beckham frenzy has been depressing, "even by modern tabloid standards."

"What was so noticeable was the amount of speculation presented as fact, innuendo covered by question marks ('Could Victoria be pregnant?') and the widespread reliance on unidentified 'friends' for sensational quotes.

"None of this is new in the daily diet of celebrity journalism (in other words, the majority of what is published by tabloids) where an assembly line of 'stars' are treated as objects for readers' amusement and what is written about them is often less than true," Greenslade wrote. 

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