David Beckham has revealed he and wife Victoria used to have dates in restaurant car parks in the early days of their relationship in order to keep it a secret.
The ex-England captain opened up about his long-lasting marriage to the fashion designer and former pop star in a wide-ranging interview on the 75th anniversary edition of Desert Island Discs.
He said keeping an open dialogue was the secret to their “strong family unit”.
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"We’ve got strong parents, we were brought up with the right values. Of course you make mistake over the years. Whenever we’ve come through tough times… we talk.”
He added: “People have talked about ‘do we stay together because it’s a brand?’ Of course not, we stay together because we love each other, we stay together because we have four amazing children.
“We’re very respectful of our life. And when we do go through tough times we work through them as a family, as a unit.”
“I drove down, I picked her up… we used to sit in a Harvester car park and we just used to kiss, of course, and spend time together.”
The couple married in an extravagant ceremony in 1999, with David cringing as presenter Kirsty Young recalled the lavish affair which saw the happy couple wearing purple outfits.
“That was bold,” said David. “What was I thinking?”
He revealed he keeps all his England caps at his house and his “precious” medals in a safe in a bank.
“I have so many pairs of boots, over a thousand pairs of boots. I keep them in storage.”
Asked by Kirsty if it competes with Victoria’s shoe collection he replied: “It does actually.”
“The closest part would have been certain professionals that if we had gone out of line they would have made us do a funny dance in the middle of the changing room in front of the professionals, in front of our heroes at the time.”
David said it was humiliating, adding: “That was all it was, but that was just to teach us a lesson, there was never any wrong-doing.”
His luxury item was his England caps and his book was the cookery book On Fire by Francis Mallmann.
Desert Island Discs airs on BBC Radio 4 today at 11.15am.