Hollywood sheds few tears over Beckhams

Fri Feb 6, 2009 5:05pm EST
 
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Maybe it was Posh's hair, her high-fashion style, the meager five goals from David or simply a lack of time.

But after the excitement over the arrival in Los Angeles of British soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria ("Posh Spice"), almost two years ago, the Hollywood celebrity scene is shedding few tears over their expected departure.

"Their impact was hugely anti-climactic for me," said Ted Casablanca, online columnist for celebrity show E! "Hollywood should have kept Posh and Becks as a fantasy, because in reality they didn't pan out."

Beckham, who has a five-year deal worth an estimated $250 million with the Los Angeles Galaxy, joined the Major League Soccer club in June 2007 amid a wave of publicity and enthusiasm about helping raise soccer's profile in America.

But after an injury-plagued first season and a total of five goals during his time with the Galaxy, Beckham, 33, made clear this week he wanted to make a permanent move to Italian club AC Milan, where he is on a two-month loan.

Milan has not yet made an offer but lawyers on both sides are exploring the best way forward.

The news made the inside pages of the Los Angeles Times sports section and barely a mention in celebrity magazines.

Household names in Britain and the rest of Europe, the Beckhams struggled to translate their appeal to star-heavy Los Angeles and a celebrity media obsessed with the antics of Britney Spears and the expanding family of Angelina Jolie.   Continued...