Soccer ace David Beckham is set to join Italian club AC Milan permanently - while wife VICTORIA stays in Los Angeles with their children, according to reports. The sportsman transferred to the European side from Los Angeles Galaxy for a three month stint, which ends next month (Mar09), leaving his wife to jet between the U.S. and Europe.
The pair's three young children - Brooklyn, nine, six-year-old Romeo and Cruz, three - are schooled in L.A. and the couple is said to be reluctant to remove them while they are settled there.
And now the former Spice Girl and her husband - who previously played for Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid - have reportedly made the tough decision to live apart for the good of their family.
A friend of the couple tells British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, "It was a painful decision for Victoria and there were a lot of tears. She was really worried about leaving David behind in Italy. It brought back terrible memories of Madrid and all the stories about women and nightclubs.
"But what she likes about Milan is that it is a very family-friendly team. After the matches, it is very Italian and players are out with their wives and children. It's not like Real Madrid where they were all egotistical, supergod players with their fast cars and champagne lifestyle."
The singer is already plotting to move her fashion design studio from London to Milan so she can work on her dVb clothing range when she jets over to see her husband of nine years.
The source adds, "She also realised she was fighting a losing battle - David is playing extremely well with Milan and she can see he has got his spark back. He knows if he is going to make the England World Cup 2010 team he has got to start playing top-flight football again.
"Posh decided she has to stay in Los Angeles for the children but will commute regularly to Milan."