David Beckham teaches long-lasting marriage rules to those who want to stay married at least as long as he is. The soccer star and his wife of 18 years Victoria Beckham have recently renewed their vows.

David Beckham and his daughter, Harper.
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David Beckham gave an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs over the weekend, in which he opened up about his marriage and the rules they go by. The retired soccer player revealed he and Victoria recently renewed their vows. “It was a lot more private, about six people there in our house”, he said.

When describing his marriage, the 41-year-old says: “We’re a strong family unit. We’ve got strong parents. We were brought up with the right values”. And even though admits that they make mistakes, just like anyone else, he concludes: “It’s about working through it.”

Love is the glue that holds these two together and Beckham admits it is just that simple: “People have talked about, ‘Do we stay together because it’s a brand?’ Of course not. We stay together because we love each other”.

Time does make its mark on a marriage. Beckham recalls how little responsibilities they had when it was just the two of them. “Back when we were 22, 23 years old, the only responsibility that we had was to ourselves and to our jobs at the time.”. Now, as he explains, the family-unit is the key for their stability. “When we do go through tough times, we work through them as a family, as a unit.”

David Beckham married former Spice Girl Victoria Adams in 1999, after being engaged for a year. They had met at a charity football game in 1997 and have not been apart since.

The couple has four children: 17-year-old Brooklyn, 14-year-old Romeo, 11-year-old Cruz and 4-year-old Harper.