The Beckhams spoke to the ABC network
Singer Victoria Beckham has told an American news programme how she was "very close" to being anorexic.
She told the show 20/20 she was so determined to stay thin she became obsessed with what foods she ate.
"I could tell you the fat content and calorie content in absolutely anything," she said in an interview screened on Friday night on the American ABC network.
The 29-year-old said: "You pick up magazines and you see how you are meant to look when you're a famous person.
I have always dreamed of playing for Manchester United
"I mean, I was never anorexic, I was never bulimic, but I was probably very close to it."
David Beckham, told the same programme he became worried about his wife's health after seeing newspaper reports about her appearance.
"We went out to dinner one night and we got pictured," he said.
"And the next day ... I said, 'Have you seen this?' - the headline was 'Skeletal Spice'."
The England captain said he was unprepared for the media attention that came with being a star.
"I have always dreamed of playing for Manchester United and being famous... I don't think you realise what comes with that. But, you have to adapt to that."
He said the couple dealt with the stress by "being honest and being very family-oriented and living our dreams".