David and Victoria Beckham Meet the Press
He gets his new soccer jersey, while she jokes about living in the shadow of his looks
The morning after their ballyhooed arrival in Los Angeles, the Beckhams kicked off their U.S. press assault with a photo op for him and a self-deprecating radio interview for her.
First, Victoria called in to Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM morning radio show, and engaged in some playful flirting with the host.
“When I see your husband I feel a little ill because he’s too perfect,” Seacrest said. Replied Victoria: “He is very handsome. You’re handsome, too! You’re both really handsome. David’s got a great sense of humor, he’s very funny, he’s a fantastic husband and he’s great with the children.”
Later, when Seacrest told her, “You’re as sexy as you are clever,” Victoria again mentioned her husband’s famous looks: “It’s so nice that you say that. Normally what we get is, ‘David is so handsome, he’s just gorgeous – but she’s so funny.’ But you know what that means, it means you’re a pig with a sense of humor.”
If she’s not yet considered a comedic genius in the U.S., she noted that it may be because her humor is “very British, very dry.” She’s also not often photographed smiling, although she promised to try to flash a grin more often in America, “because you all smile.”
Asked by Seacrest, “How are your teeth? Are they okay, or are they British?” she replied: “My teeth are fine! They don’t look like a row of bombed-up houses or anything.”
Later Friday morning, David was formally introduced to the press as the newest member of the L.A. Galaxy soccer team after Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber called him “more than just a terrific player, he’s a guy with tremendous character and tremendous integrity.” Galaxy coach Frank Yallop noted: “We’re getting a great person, a winner on and off the field.”
Wearing a gray suit with a white shirt and a silver tie, Beckham stepped out in a cloud of confetti, holding up his new Galaxy jersey and then turning it around to show off his name and number 23 on the back as fans cheered and photographers’ flashbulbs popped.
“It’s nice to see so many fans, and I thank you for that,” he said at the podium after the photo op. “I have always looked for challenges in my life. My family has moved to Los Angeles and this is something we are proud of. Right now, everything is perfect. My family is the most important thing for me, but the soccer is second.”
Another new endeavor for David is his newly-launched blog. In a posting Friday, he says he’s excited to be able to “raise the profile of football in America, (or soccer I should say),” and promises to keep fans “updated with everything.”