Some dude in short pants to accompany her....
The Beckhams -- a soccer icon and a former Spice Girl -- are leaving London for the lights of Hollywood.
By Robin Abcarian, Scott Martelle and Kim Murphy
Times Staff Writers
January 12, 2007
Somehow, it was just meant to be.
International soccer star David Beckham — perhaps equally famous hereabouts as the husband of former pop singer "Posh" Spice — announced Thursday in Madrid that he has agreed to a five-year, potential $250-million deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, injecting a fresh shot of celebrity into a city where it is practiced as an art.
While Galaxy and Major League Soccer officials hope the deal will vault the American professional league into the global ranks, Londoners are feeling a sense of loss and local paparazzi are relishing the arrival of the photogenic jet-setters — he of the constantly changing locks and quintessential metrosexual wardrobe, and she of the impossibly thin frame and penchant for shopping.
"It's like manifest destiny," said producer Peter Guber, the host of the TV entertainment talk show "Sunday Morning Shootout." "At a certain point in somebody's career, Hollywood is an inevitable stop on the journey. Whatever the luminosity of these celebrities in New York or England or Paris, they want to test it against the ultimate pop culture of Los Angeles."