Posh and Beckham welcome a 7-lb. baby boy, Brooklyn Joseph. "[A baby] is something we have always wanted," Beckham says to a crowd of reporters a few hours after the delivery in London. "[Victoria] is sitting up drinking champagne, and she has spoken to the other girls."
Posh and Beckham marry at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland in an $800,000 wedding. The bride and groom sit on gilded red-velvet thrones, while a four-month-old Brooklyn acts as ring bearer. The wedding includes fireworks and an 18-piece orchestra playing Spice Girls hits. A mere four months after giving birth to Brooklyn, Posh fits into an 18-inch corset at the wedding, which sparks reports concerning her waifish frame.
At a London fashion week party for designer Jade Jagger (daughter of Mick), Posh wears an attention-grabbing, silver chain-mail halter-top. Her jutting ribs and collarbones shock fellow guests, according to PEOPLE, and sparks rumors that she is anorexic. But Posh says her waiflike appearance is actually the result of nursing her baby, a low-fat diet and "200 sit-ups before bed." In 2003, Posh tells ABC's 20/20, "You pick up magazines and you see how you are meant to look when you're a famous person. I mean, I was never anorexic, I was never bulimic, but I was probably very close to it."
Being the last of the Spice Girls to go solo, Posh releases her first single "Out of Your Mind." She later signs with Virgin Records, releasing the single "Not Such An Innocent Girl" from her self-titled debut album in November 2001. But Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" overshadows Posh's debut worldwide. That November, she reunites with the Spice Girls to release their last studio album, Forever, but it doesn't live up to their previous albums' sales and the girls go their separate ways.
Posh's autobiography, Learning to Fly hits bookstores, and goes straight to the top of the bestsellers list in the U.K. The book's title comes from the theme song from the movie Fame – "I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly". She will write another book titled That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between on fashion, beauty and style in October 2006.
Posh signs with Telstar records in a deal made with Simon Fuller. She begins recording a pop album, but after dissatisfaction with the tracks the project is shelved. Shortly after, hip-hop producer Damon Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records begins working with Posh on a more hip-hop/R&B-influenced album. They release a double A-side single "Let Your Head Go/This Groove," which charts at #3 in the U.K. With Fuller and Damon behind her, Posh sets her sights on invading the U.S.
Posh and Beckham welcome Romeo James to their family. "Romeo's gorgeous," Beckham tells reporters. "He's got Brooklyn's nose and Victoria's chin."
London police arrest five people under suspicion of plotting to kidnap Posh and her two sons – Brooklyn, 3, and 2-month-old Romeo – for a $7.5 million ransom. Videotapes provided to authorities by undercover reporters for the British tabloid The News of the World reveal that the suspects had discussed ambushing Beckham and her sons outside their home and sedating them with chloroform. The Beckhams immediately begin beefing up security on their more than $13 million 24-acre Hertfordshire estate (popularly known as "Beckingham Palace"). Charges against the suspects are later dropped due to an unreliable witness.
With plans to break into the U.S. as a solo artist, Posh makes an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards with Beckham, increasing her visibility stateside. She also becomes the face of Rocawear, an urban clothing line by Jay-Z and producer Damon Dash, appearing on billboards and ad campaigns nationwide. But after public disputes between Fuller and Dash over the direction of Posh's "urban sound", the album Come Together is shelved.
The Real Beckhams, a reality TV series on the couple, is released on DVD. "When me and David look at 'Posh and Becks' in the paper," Posh jokingly tells British music magazine Q, "We think, 'We bloody hate those two!'" Some of Posh's earlier recordings, including "Resentment," are featured on the DVD. "Resentment" is later covered by Beyoncé Knowles for her solo album B'Day in 2006.
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