The message from one of David Beckham’s bodyguards pinged on Rebecca Loos’ mobile phone: ‘Are you texting David right now?’
Taking her by surprise, it came in the midst of their 2003 affair – something that had not escaped the bodyguard’s notice. Rebecca was indeed texting David at that very moment.
What happened next, which she reveals for the first time today, marked what she calls a ‘significant’ moment in their brief relationship.
David Beckham didn’t seem so gallant at all
The Glamour model tells The Mail: ‘We were texting and it was getting naughty, it was fun… then suddenly I get a text from the Spanish bodyguard. It said, “Stop. He’s showing them to his friends and they are all laughing”.
‘All at once, the charming England captain didn’t seem quite so gallant after all. ‘I was now seeing him differently,’ says Rebecca, then his personal assistant.
‘He had made me feel so special, but I never ever wanted him to leave his wife and get together with me… after learning what he was like I never wanted to be with somebody like that anyway.
‘I was very hurt and that hurt and that pain led me to become more laissez faire and to not give a s*** about keeping this big secret for him when he’s treating me like that.’
A source once close to Beckham’s entourage in Madrid confirmed Rebecca’s account and told The Mail on Sunday: ‘He was showing the messages to his friends in a nightclub. It was about 4am.
‘Some of these friends were over from England. I remember the bodyguard warning Rebecca about what was going on.
The affair ended
‘Following rumours about their relationship, Beckham did not renew his contract with SFX, the global management company which employed Rebecca.
She was asked if she wanted to work in the London office ‘by then I was pretty much done with the sports industry’.
She adds: ‘It was a sad time, that job was the highlight of my career.’
The affair with Beckham ended shortly afterwards.
It would be some months however before Rebecca eventually decided to go public, when she vividly described making love to Beckham on at least four occasions.
Of this period, she says now: ‘I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for – I hadn’t even heard of the term kiss and tell.’
This might raise eyebrows in some quarters but few could doubt that Rebecca is atypical of the kiss-and-tell club. What her eminent family made of it all, she is reluctant to say.
Rebecca lived with her parents at the time of the affair in their rambling seven-bedroom mansion in one of the Spanish capital’s most exclusive suburbs.
How was Rebecca Loss’ childhood?
Born in Madrid in a convent, Rebecca later moved with her parents, older brother and younger sister to Notting Hill in West London where she attended Bassett House prep school.
Her childhood was idyllic. Her mother imbued in all her children a love of culture, and Rebecca recalls days roaming galleries and museums.
Before returning to Madrid when she was 11, they lived in The Hague in Holland.Several defining moments, she says, emerge from her youth. Other memories underline things she now knows to be true of herself.
She recalls weekly lessons with a Dutch language teacher when she was eight or nine. ‘I went to her home for extra classes. Then one evening she rang my mother and asked if I had taken the teacher’s gold bracelet.
‘My parents sat me down and asked gently if I had it. I said I hadn’t taken it – and the woman found it at her house a couple of weeks later. I never went back.’
It is to this incident, which left her with a sharp sense of injustice, that her mind returned while watching David Beckham on Netflix indirectly casting doubt, she says, on her story.