Accusations of selfishness have overshadowed the Beckham family’s decision to relocate from west London to their spacious Cotswold’s bolthole during the current UK lockdown.
But David appeared nonplussed on Wednesday evening as he maintained his daily habit of sharing social media posts from the cosy country home he currently shares with wife Victoria and three of their four children.
Taking to Instagram, the former Manchester United and England midfielder, 44, shared a video of his first attempt at making homemade mushroom and olive pizza.
Carrying on: David Beckham appeared nonplussed regarding criticism of his decision to relocate from London to the Cotswold’s during the coronavirus crisis as he took to Instagram on Wednesday
Beckham, who developed a passion for cooking at the height of his playing career, also gave followers a step by step guide as he made an impressive Nutella sponge cake for his children.
With plenty of time on his hands, the retired sportsman also took the opportunity to reconnect with Brazilian World Cup winner and former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, with whom he played for the Spanish giants over four largely unsuccessful seasons.
The Beckham family opted to leave their west London property and relocate to a second UK home in the Cotswold’s in March as Britain prepared for an unprecedented lockdown in the fight against coronavirus COVID-19.
This is how you do it: Beckham gave fans an insight into his attempt at making pizza in a series of Instagram stories
Tasty: The former footballer later shared a shot of his finished pizza as one of the family’s dogs played in their sprawling garden
As of March 31, London was the most deeply affected city in the United Kingdom, with 7,121 recorded coronavirus cases and 600 fatalities.
Those worrying figures have since prompted Cotswold’s residents to hit out at the family for putting others at risk of contracting the highly infectious disease by leaving the capital.
One woman who works at the butchers near their home in Great Tew, Oxfordshire, said: ‘The Beckhams and these other fancy folks who think it’s a good idea to self-isolate in the country are just being selfish.’
Tasty treat: Beckham, who developed a passion for cooking at the height of his playing career, also gave followers a step by step guide as he made an impressive Nutella sponge cake for his children
Very nice: A Nutella flatbread was also served up by Beckham during his cooking demonstration on Wednesday
Criticising their continued social media activity, a local councillor: ‘Showing off your beautiful country mansion on social media and telling us all what a wonderful time you’re having is just rubbing our noses in it. The Beckhams and other celebrities are just being stupid, irresponsible and insensitive.’
Other local workers said the famous couple would have to wait their turn at local shops while the vulnerable and elderly were served first.
The Beckhams left their London home to stay at their countryside property before the UK was put on lockdown on March 23.
Good times: With plenty of time on his hands, the retired sportsman also took the opportunity to reconnect with Brazilian World Cup winner and former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo
Although they spend a lot of time there on a regular basis, they have been bombarding their followers with pictures and videos of enjoying a luxurious lockdown in their palatial surrounds.
So many videos have been posted on their feeds that locals have branded their stay ‘selfie-isolation.’
Among those posted by Victoria was a video of Harper and Cruz tie-dying clothes in their large garden and another of Harper holding a tray of snacks in their ‘cinema’ room.
Fit and healthy: David Beckham is pictured out jogging in the Cotswolds after moving his family from London to their second home in Great Tew amid the coronavirus lockdown
Throwback: Victoria, 45, posted this picture to her Instagram page to tell her followers that all of her brand’s employees are working from home
On Tuesday, David filmed himself jogging around the country lanes near their rural home.
The Beckhams’ Cotswolds home is a Grade-II listed converted barn that boasts a natural swimming pond, sauna, hot tub, tennis court and a garden designed by Chelsea Flower Show winner Marcus Barnett.
The two-acre site has been planted with 23 different kinds of trees and also has its own croquet lawn.
Fun and games: One of Victoria’s Instagram posts shows Harper, eight, (left) enjoying some tie-dying with her older brother Cruz, 15
David and wife Victoria, 45 are quarantining with their children, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 15 and Harper, eight, – while eldest son Brooklyn, 21, is isolating with girlfriend Nicola Peltz, 25, in New York.
Joe Williams, 39, owner of a nearby village shop said: ‘Our business is up by 20 per cent and I’d say quite a lot of that is from people who’ve come from London to self-isolate in their second homes.
‘We have a lot of elderly and vulnerable people in this area and it doesn’t help that the Beckhams and other people like them have chosen to come here at this time. We need to look after the locals first, which is what we’re doing.’
Beckham’s close Gordon Ramsey has also come under fire for relocating from the capital to his own second home in Cornwall, a decision that prompted outrage from locals and criticism of his subsequent social media activity from Daily Mail columnist Janet Street Porter.
Bend it like Beckham: Other posts have shown the Beckhams (including Harper, eight pictured) enjoying their home cinema
Writing on Wednesday, she commented: ‘At the start of the government-imposed lockdown, Gordon left his mansion in South London and decamped to his (equally large) £4.4 million beach house in Cornwall, along with his wife Tana and their five kids – Megan 22, twins Holly and Jack, 20, Tilly 18 and baby Oscar, 1.
‘He hasn’t made any secret of it. We know exactly where Gordon is because the family’s social media accounts are packed with images celebrating their one year old son’s birthday last Saturday, as well as witty posts on TikTok featuring Gordon and Tilly doing a ‘food’ dance.
‘Meanwhile Gordon has been sharing his feelings about constantly cooking for his brood. He’s fed up like the rest of us – but fed up in a gorgeous swanky house.’
She added: ‘I know it’s part and parcel of modern celebrity world, sharing (and showing off) – letting your fans get a glimpse (always carefully curated and airbrushed) of your lovely family at leisure.
Controversy: Beckham’s close Gordon Ramsey has also come under fire for relocating from the capital to his own second home in Cornwall
‘But isn’t it a little bit crass – not to mention tactless – in the current climate? Millions of people all over the world are confined to very small spaces, sharing one bathroom and toilet. Many are not allowed out at all and do not have a view of anything other that the buildings on the other side of the street.
‘So seeing Gordon and Co cavorting about in their lovely home might just make you a little bit cross.
‘For Gordon and Tana, a stroll from their front door takes them directly onto a beach, whereas most people might have to spend their daily government-permitted exercise walking around a dreary patch of green avoiding the dog poo and discarded fag ends.’