Not content to invade the lives of American celebrities, stateside reporters and paparazzi are lying in wait for the imported charms of David and Victoria Beckham.
Thanks to a five-year $250 million soccer deal, English footballer Beckham will be heading to Los Angeles to play for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, according to published reports. It was a surprising move all around since most Brits expected him to return to their shores after finishing his stint with Real Madrid in June. Instead, it looks like he'll join the L.A. Galaxy four months after the April start of the MLS season.
Not only will this be a boost for soccer, which still hasn't been embraced fully in the U.S. as it has been worldwide, but also a boon for American marketing hoping to capitalize on Beckham's ability to sell products. Although the details of the deal haven't been disclosed, officials have indicated that only about a fifth of the $250 million is for actual soccer-playing, with the balance coming from "commercial opportunities."
But more importantly, the coming of the Beckhams will add a much-needed infusion of new celebrity blood to the mix. Move over Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. The wave of the paparazzi future is hunting down pics of celebrity couples and their kids -- like Brangelina and their brood or TomKat and the security-laden Suri.
It also doesn't hurt that Beckham and his former Spice Girl wife (she was Posh Spice) are young, good-looking and already have a friendship with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The Beckhams still may not achieve the level of fame and fanaticism that they did in Britain though. At one point, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum had cast their waxwork figures in the roles of Mary and Joseph for a nativity scene.
Posh and Becks, as they're known across the pond, have three sons: Brooklyn, 7, Romeo, 4, and Cruz, 23 months.
Posh starred in the 1997 Spice Girls film "Spice World," while Becks played himself in "Goal: The Dream Begins" and its upcoming sequels. He is also the inspiration for the title of Gurinder Chadha's 2002 film "Bend It Like Beckham."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times