Soccer superstar David Beckham and his former SPICE GIRL wife VICTORIA have hit back at reports she has demanded a trial separation - by heading off for a romantic meal together.

The Real Madrid ace yesterday (12SEP04) treated Victoria - who is pregnant with their third child - to a four hour meal at the Spanish capital's Ritz Hotel.

The Beckhams left sons BROOKLYN, five, and ROMEO, two, with David's mother SANDRA so they could spend some quality time alone.

An insider says, "They've always had a stormy relationship. But they're not splitting up."

And David promises to never let the pressures of being under the media spotlight get to him.

He says, "I will never crack. When you get criticised, some people go the other way. But my way is to come out fighting."

13/09/2004 03:03