Armed only with their good looks and intense likeability, David and Victoria Beckham arrived in Los Angeles yesterday. We welcome them with open arms — as soon as their immigration papers get sorted out (just kidding!) — but how much do we really know about Posh and Becks? For example, you may know that David plays soccer for a living, but did you know that the rest of the world calls the sport football? Crazy!
Here are some other things you might not know.
Before David and Victoria first met in 1997, Posh didn't know who he was, but she had seen pictures. "I remember thinking one word: gorgeous," she said. After finally making it to one of his Manchester United games, she headed straight for him and gave him her number. "When I got home, I wrote her number down on six or seven pieces of paper so I wouldn't lose it," he says. Later, after seeing Posh in the Spice Girls' "Say You'll Be There" video, Becks announced that he had found the woman of his dreams. "I knew that if she wanted me, we would be together forever," he said.
David and Victoria got engaged in 1998 at the Rookery Hall Hotel in Cheshire. He proposed by presenting her with a 3-plus-carat diamond ring reportedly worth $65,000. Then she busted out her own engagement gift — a three-tiered band of 96 diamonds, reportedly valued at $80,000.
Tom and Katie didn't start the idea of getting married in a castle with a baby. David and Victoria had already done it. In 1999, accompanied by their 4-month-old son, Brooklyn, they wed in front of 230 friends and family members at the gothic Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland, in an $800,000 ceremony. There were fireworks, literally, and an 18-piece orchestra playing Spice Girls hits. So they probably didn't play for very long. (Thank you, thank you. We'll be here all night.)
At the Pariwas temple in Bangkok, Thailand, a foot-tall gold statue of David was placed next to the main Buddha and other statues. "Football has become a religion," said senior monk Chan Theerapunyo. Life may be suffering, but say a little prayer to Becks and he'll ease the pain.
Remember that metrosexual craze that kicked off the new century? David Beckham helped get it started, wearing sarongs and nail polish and setting trends with his hairstyle, which included cornrows. "I've got more clothes than Victoria," he says.