David Beckham documentary director Fisher Stevens insists footballer ‘DID come clean’ over Rebecca Loos scandal in series – but admits there ‘were things he had to cut out’ because footballer ‘wouldn’t go there with me’
The director of David and Victoria Beckham’s Netflix documentary has insisted the sportsman has opened up about his alleged affair with Rebecca Loos after she accused him of making her ‘look like a liar’ by appearing in the four-part series to topic. .
The former footballer, 48, made no direct reference to an affair and admitted no guilt in the new four-part docuseries, titled Beckham – but did address the “terrible” aftermath, which he said left him feeling “sick every day.” .
Rebecca, 46, who worked as David’s assistant before going public with details of their alleged secret relationship in 2004, accused him of “portraying himself as a victim” and shirking responsibility.
But now director Fisher Stevens, 59, has apparently dismissed her claims that David ‘wasn’t honest in the documentary’.
Fisher Stevens has claimed that David Beckham has ‘come clean’ about his 2004 affair in his recent Netflix documentary
David’s former personal assistant Rebecca Loos, 46, claimed she had an affair with him in 2004
David, 48, and Fisher, 59, pictured together at the Beckham premiere in London on October 3, 2023
Speaking about the ‘tabloidization of the cases or the supposed cases, which he did not deal with diplomatically… even diplomatically, which he did not deal with…’ Marc added: ‘He was not honest in the doc…’
Fisher replied, “He did.”
“Well, whatever they were able to survive in was a testament to what the family was made of, and what she was made of,” Marc said.
Rebecca, now a mother of two and living in Norway, expressed her disdain for David’s handling of the scandal and told the Mail on Sunday she wanted him to admit it.
“Yes, the stories were terrible, but they are true,” she said. ‘He says in the documentary that this is ultimately his private life and that he is closing it off.
‘I think it’s one thing to keep your private life to yourself. It is another thing to mislead the public. And so many people had forgotten all about this. So many people have put all this behind them, this whole affair, the scandal and everything. And he’s dragged it back out in a way that’s damaging my reputation…
“I think if he was going to elaborate on this time and how hard it was, it would have been really nice for him to have said, ‘It wasn’t my proudest time.’
Critics accused Fisher of sidestepping the subject of infidelity because neither the name “Loos” nor the word “affair” are mentioned.
David instead spoke about his wife Victoria, telling viewers: “Victoria is everything to me, it was incredibly difficult to see her pain.”
He also admitted he still doesn’t know how the family got through the crisis and said they felt like they were “drowning” when the scandal hit the headlines.
David talked to Fisher for hours during documentary filmmaking, but the word “affair” was never mentioned
David, center, with his wife Victoria and their family at the London premiere of Beckham: Mia Regan, Romeo, Cruz, Harper, Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz (L-R)
The docuseries was criticized for blatantly falsifying a newspaper article about the scandal
Former Spice Girl Victoria also spoke about the pain she suffered following the rumors, claiming she felt like the couple no longer ‘had’ each other.
The docuseries charted David’s meteoric rise to football superstardom and his highly publicized relationship with Victoria.
Despite previously claiming that “nothing was really off limits” and that he “could have gone anywhere,” Fisher told Maron that there were areas that David refused to discuss.
“It was difficult,” he said. “There were other things I had to cut because David just didn’t want to go there with me.”
When Marc mentioned that it might be because David is British, Fisher continued: “They are… very oppressed. The man never looks back, I mean there were times when he didn’t even… his body….”
Fisher also discussed the fallout from the 1998 World Cup, for which David was red carded he kicked the back of Diego Simeone’s leg after Argentina’s captain pushed him to the ground.
“That’s what I was fascinated by… how this man survived that journey and continued to thrive,” Fisher said of the adversity David faced at the time.
“What he brought up and what was so interesting to me was how he didn’t mentally become a drug addict or an alcoholic or fall apart….”
After watching the series, Rebecca accused David of ‘painting himself as a victim’
The docuseries came under scrutiny last month for blatantly falsifying a newspaper article about David’s alleged affair with Rebecca.
Close-ups of the article appear twice in the four-part documentary, which was produced by Beckham’s own company and paints a flattering portrait of the former England captain.
The day after the scandal broke in April 2004, the Daily Mirror published a front-page article with the headline MY SISTER IS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH BECKS.
It began: ‘David Beckham and his personal assistant Rebecca Loos were indeed having an affair, her brother claimed yesterday.’
But when they appear on screen in episodes three and four, the first two lines of the headline disappear, leaving only AN AFFAIR WITH BECKS – and the opening line changes completely to: ‘The English captain dismissed the accusation as ridiculous.’