David Beckham will address his lifelong OCD struggles in an upcoming £16million Netflix series, revealing he spends hours every night cleaning his home.
The former footballer, 47, who has previously spoken about his need to keep everything in straight lines or pairs, reveals he stays up for hours tidying after his family have gone to bed.
As early as 2006, the star told the Daily Mail: ‘I have got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs.’
In new clips, he admits his compulsive behaviour disorder means he cleans his used candles every day – and he gives wife Victoria, 49, a telling off for leaving the salt out.
Filmed by a camera crew in his kitchen, David explains: ‘I clean [the house] so well, I’m not sure it’s actually appreciated so much by my wife, in all honesty. The fact that when everyone’s in bed I then go around, clean the candles, turn the lights on to the right setting, make sure everywhere is tidy.
Opening up: David Beckham will lay his lifelong OCD struggles bare in an upcoming Netflix series (pictured in April 2023)
David, Victoria and their children live in a huge £25million mansion in Holland Park, London
Beckham, with son Romeo, admits the condition forces him to clean his used candles every day
‘I hate coming down in the morning and there’s cups and plates and, you know, bowls. It’s tiring going around every single candle cleaning it.
‘I clip the candle wax, I clean the glass, that’s my pet hate, the smoke around the inside of a candle… I know, it’s weird.’
The Beckhams live in a £25million mansion in Holland Park, London, which they purchased in 2013.
It has eight bathrooms, seven bedrooms and a gym and spa.
OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, is a mental health condition that can affect anyone at any age. Sufferers typically develop obsessive thoughts and compulsions which have significant impacts on their daily life.
This can manifest in many ways, including obsessive cleaning to a particular standard, body dysmorphia, compulsive skin picking and hoarding, the mental health charity Mind says.
In the footage, Victoria tells the crew of her husband: ‘He’s just so perfect,’ before telling David he is ‘appreciated’.
But he jokes to the production team: ‘Don’t believe that for a second. She sounds so sarcastic when she says it.’
Earlier this month Victoria and David the loved-up husband and wife took a stroll along a beach in Miami and were filmed arm-in-arm, enjoying their trip. Posting the sweet clip on Instagram, Victoria wrote: ‘I think I’ll keep him’.
Last July, Netflix confirmed the docuseries starring the sportsman was in the works, following reports he had signed a £16million deal with the streaming giant.
The former footballer, who is a keen cook, previously confessed he keeps everything in straight lines or pairs
Beckham said: ‘I have got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I’ll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there’s one too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere’
Beckham has confessed his OCD means he spends hours each night cleaning their home in Holland Park, pictured
The Beckhams’ glorious home features a large kitchen, complete with three fridges. Victoria is here pictured at home with friend Eva Longoria
Last July, Netflix confirmed a docuseries starring the sportsman was in the works, following reports he had signed a £16million deal with the streaming giant
In new footage, he admits the condition forces him to clean his used candles every day – and he even gives Victoria, 49, a telling off for leaving the salt out at one point
In the series, David will look back on his working-class beginnings in east London, and the drive and determination that led him to become one of the most recognisable and scrutinised athletes of all time.
It will feature a mixture of never-before-seen personal archive footage from the last 40 years as well as interviews with David, his family and friends, and key figures who have been part of his journey both on and off the pitch.
What is obsessive compulsive disorder?
Obsessive compulsive disorder, usually known as OCD, is a common mental health condition which makes people obsess over thoughts and develop behaviour they struggle to control.
It can affect anyone at any age but normally develops during young adulthood.
It can cause people to have repetitive unwanted or unpleasant thoughts.
People may also develop compulsive behaviour – a physical action or something mental – which they do over and over to try to relieve the obsessive thoughts.
The condition can be controlled and treatment usually involves psychological therapy or medication.
It is not known why OCD occurs but risk factors include a family history of the condition, certain differences in brain chemicals, or big life events like childbirth or bereavement.
People who are naturally tidy, methodical or anxious are also more likely to develop it.
Oscar-winner Fisher Stevens – who also stars as Hugo in hit series Succession – is director and executive producer, along with Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producer John Battsek.
David is producing the project with his TV company Studio 99, which launched in 2019, in association with Ventureland.
The ex-Manchester United player wrote in an Instagram post: ‘I’m excited to confirm that I am partnering with @Netflix on a documentary series about my life and career.
‘The series will feature unseen archive, untold stories as well as interviews with the people who have been a part of my journey.
‘The series is directed and produced by Academy Award winners @fisherstevens and John Battsek. Watch this space… @studio99.’
He was reportedly inspired by the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, which began streaming on the platform in 2020.
Beckham has spoken openly about his struggles with OCD for two decades.
In 2006, he told the Daily Mail how he would count clothes and place magazines in straight lines and symmetrical patterns. And he added that one of the reasons why he keeps getting new tattoos is that he is addicted to the pain of the needle.
Beckham said: ‘I have got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs.’
He went on: ‘I’ll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there’s one too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere.
‘I’ve got that problem. I’ll go into a hotel room. Before I can relax I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect.’
He added he would ‘like to’ rid himself of OCD but that he ‘can’t stop’ his compulsive behaviour.
Victoria has also previously commented on her husband’s behaviour. She said: ‘He’s got that obsessive-compulsive thing where everything has to match. If you open our fridge, it’s all coordinated down either side.
‘We’ve got three fridges — food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there’s three cans, he’ll throw one away because it has to be an even number.’
Victoria Beckham poses in the couple’s tidy home, which has eight bedrooms and a spa
Dapper: David, 47, cut a suave figure as he jetted to Italy to attend Milan Design Week
The former footballer, who attended Milan Design Week with Maserati, shared a snap of himself in a navy blazer and white trousers with a light blue shirt
The revelations come just a week after Beckham jetted off to Italy to attend Milan Design Week.
The former footballer, who attended the event with Maserati, shared a snap of himself in a navy blazer and white trousers with a light blue shirt.
But fans will get a glimpse of life behind the chic looks thanks to his new partnership with the streaming giant, which will see him delve deep into his mental health struggles.
An insider previously The Sun: ‘It’s something David is excited about and has wanted to do for a while. The film will feature new content and archive footage.
‘It’s going to be about David’s life post-football, especially the creation of his new team in Miami, but will have some personal content too.
‘Interest in his life and family is huge. Everyone has high hopes for this.’
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