The fading of a Hebrew tattoo down the back of pop diva-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham prompted speculation by a British tabloid that all is not rosy between her and husband David Beckham, the former soccer star who captained the English national squad in two World Cup series.
Victoria, 41, who was known as Posh Spice during her days with the all-girl band, The Spice Girls, in 2005 commissioned an inking down the back of her neck and the top of her spine bearing a Hebrew phrase meaning “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”
However, when she stepped out this week to present her latest fashion collection in New York, the tattooed dedication to her husband was noticeably faded, leading to claims she is undergoing treatment to have it removed.
The back erasing isn’t the first of Beckham’s skin art to be banished. Already in June, another Hebrew phrase on her left wrist proclaiming “Together, forever, eternally” was showing signs of treatment to have it removed.
Despite the pessimistic speculations about the marital status of the couple who wedded in 1999, The Sun newspaper — which published the rumors — also reported the decision to come clean was because Victoria wants to be taken seriously as a businesswoman and the tattoos were getting in the way.
If she really is aiming to wipe the slate clean, then Beckham has a fair amount of work to do. She has another tattoo on her right wrist with roman numerals for the date she and David renewed their wedding vows — May 8, 2006 — as well as the Latin phrase “De Integro,” meaning “again from the start.” Those tattoos are also reported to have already come under the laser for removal.
In addition, five stars on her back represent herself, husband David, and three of their children — Brooklyn, 16; Romeo, 13; and Cruz, 10. That tattoo was completed before the birth of their now-4½-year-old daughter Harper.