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Monday, 3 September, 2001, 07:29 GMT 08:29 UK
Posh: I punched David
Victoria Beckham
Posh is hoping to beat Kylie to the number one spot
Posh Spice Victoria Beckham has admitted she punched footballer husband David after claims he had an affair while she was pregnant.

The star made the revelation in her book Learning to Fly, which is being serialised in the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

The Spice Girl has also revealed she suffered from an eating disorder which she blames on former band member Geri Halliwell.


I hit him so hard I cut the inside of his mouth

Victoria Beckham
Meanwhile, Beckham played to a less than enthusiastic crowd at Radio 1's One Big Sunday event in Leicester as she was pelted with fruit and vegetables as she performed her new single, Not Such An Innocent Girl.

In her autobiography the singer reveals the moment she read about her husband's alleged infidelity in a newspaper.

It was claimed the England football captain had kissed another girl while the Spice Girls were on a world tour and Victoria was pregnant with Brooklyn.

Despite his denials, she said she "went straight up to him and just swung at him, punched him in the face".

Spice Girls
Beckham makes no secret of the falling out between herself and Geri
She added: "I hit him so hard I cut the inside of his mouth. Even then, with blood dripping down his chin, I just felt angry and hurt."

She said they were so upset they both contemplated suicide.

Anorexia

Beckham's book also describes her eating disorder, saying she was "obsessed" with her appearance.

"In the gym, instead of checking my posture or position, I was checking the size of my bottom, or to see if my double chin was getting any smaller," she wrote.

After her weight dropped following the birth of her son, Brooklyn, Beckham was led to deny accusations of anorexia in the press.

Now she has admitted that in the early days of the Spice Girls, when they were under pressure from their management to lose weight, dieting was a preoccupation.

Victoria Beckham
Beckham has previously denied that she had anorexia
Beckham said it was Geri Halliwell who encouraged her and Mel C to go running and take liquid meal substitutes.

Beckham is in the midst of a publicity campaign in an attempt to secure her first solo number one.

Her single is to be released on 17 September, the same day as Kylie Minogue's record, Can't Get You Out Of My Head.

But a section of the crowd at Sunday's concert in Leicester demonstrated their feelings for Posh.

Some missiles were thrown at the stage, although none actually hit Beckham, according to an eyewitness.

Victoria, Brooklyn and David Beckham
The Beckhams are constantly under the scrutiny of the media
Boos and jeers could also be heard from 100,000-strong audience but she continued her performance.

Beckham landed what is thought to be the highest price paid for the exclusive serialisation of an autobiography.

The book also describes her husband's Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as "vindictive" and said he had never said more than "hello" to her in more than four years.

Learning To Fly, complete with photographs of the star from spotty teenager to plump student to solo career snaps, will be published on 13 September.

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