David Beckham has explained why he feels a strong connection to Ireland – even deciding it was the perfect place to get married.
The football superstar married pop star wife Victoria at in Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin in 1999. He spoke to Joe.ie about why the venue was so special to them both.
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan man said: “One of the reasons I wanted to get married in Ireland is because I felt there was a connection in some way.
“My first trip abroad with Manchester United was in Ireland in the Milk Cup and I spent so much time there. When Victoria was in the Spice Girls, she was living there for about six months. So it was always a big part of my life and Victoria’s as well.
“Once we decided to get married, and where we wanted the venue and where we wanted our friends to celebrate with us Ireland was the natural choice for us.”
Beckham also spoke about his new fragrance ‘Respect’ and said that he liked the name because if is a value that he has always tried to instil in his children.
He said: “[Respect] is one of the things I always talk to my children about. Respecting people, respecting what you have, respecting your parents. Respect is such a strong word, and it has so many different meanings. For this we felt it was just a strong name.”
Victoria Beckham is now a successful fashion designer and over the years David has become known as a fashion icon as well as a footballer.
He said: “If you look at some of the outfits I’ve worn over the years, you probably wouldn’t say it’s simplicity, but those are moments where you look back and think, ‘What was I thinking?’, although it felt great at the time.
“My style; I’ve always tried to keep it simple, very classic, something that I’m comfortable in. I’m a very organised person, so the night before, I’ll get my outfit ready for the next day, not because I’m conscious of how I want to look, because I’m very organised. It’s always very easy, jeans t-shirt, pair of trainers… always a hat.”