The messages portray a Beckham quite different from the public persona of a kind-hearted, down-to-earth man committed to charity. Instead, the show the former England captain complaining to his trusted aide about everything from donating money to charity, to being left out of the Queen’s Honours List.
The claims are quite shocking, considering Beckham’s extensive work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. As part of his work with the charity, Beckham set up 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – a fund named after his former shirt number – to commemorate his tenth year as a UNICEF ambassador..
“Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops plus taking coke. Fucking joke.”
His representatives have dismissed the emails as “outdated material taken out of context” which have been selected to portray a “deliberately inaccurate picture”. UNICEF has refused to comment on the content of the emails, instead highlighting Beckham’s extensive charity work and confirming that he had indeed given some of his personal funds to the project.
“David Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, and as well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for children, David has given significant funds personally.”
In the meantime, Beckham and his team continue to battle the reputational damage caused by this privacy breach. It is not clear whether or not legal action is being considered at this time.
The hacked emails and their allegations in summary
Slammed the honours committee: The former England captain was accused of calling the honours committee ‘unappreciative cunts’ for its failure to make him Sir David.
£6,685 from Unicef for a flight: Beckham, an ambassador for Unicef, allegedly demanded £6,685 from the charity for a business class flight for him to attend an event in Asia, even though his sponsors had provided a private jet.
Becks in space: It is also claimed that in 2013, Tess O’Sullivan, head of sales at Doyen Sports, teamed up with Space Adventures, a US company that arranges private space flights, in a bid to increase his sponsorship.
Financial affairs: He was also allegedly warned by his advisers that certain financial schemes he was involved in was damaging his chances of further honours.
Golden laptop: Advisers stopped Beckham from posting a picture of a gold-plated laptop on Instagram, stressing it went against his ‘man of the people’ image.
Katherine Jenkins: When the classical singer was awarded an OBE in 2013, the decision was allegedly branded a ‘fucking joke’ by Beckham, with the star also referring to her admission she had previously taken drugs.
Scottish referendum: Messages also suggest he fiercely backed the ‘stay’ campaign during the Scottish referendum in order to appear to be backing a United Kingdom, and improve his chances of becoming Sir David.
The Jonathan Ross Show: Simon Oliveira allegedly wrote to the programme’s producers: ‘Maybe Jonathan should ask about the knighthood and say he should get it. What do you think? David is up for it.’ He was subsequently recommended for one on the show by Ross: