Soccer ace David Beckham is extending his visit to Britain to support his wife VICTORIA as she launches her new hip-hop career - because she's nervous about the reception she'll receive.

The former SPICE GIRL is performing on a revamped version of British TV music show Top Of The Pops on Friday (28NOV03), and critics are eagerly awaiting her much-hyped reinvention as an urban artist.

And Real Madrid player Beckham is expected to stay in London after he receives his ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (OBE) honour from Queen Elizabeth II today (26NOV03) so he can be close to his spouse as she prepares for a live performance of her first single - double A side LET YOUR HEAD GO and THIS GROOVE - in two years.

An insider says, "It's going to be the most important night in Victoria's music career. She is dreadfully nervous, but with David there she knows she can cope with whatever response she'll get."

26/11/2003 13:51