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Victoria Beckham’s ‘brutal’ 2000 interview where Parkinson asks ‘if she’s anorexic’ horrifies Angela Scanlon

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Victoria was grilled about anorexia in an interview with Parkinson (Picture: BBC)

Angela Scanlon kicked off new series The Noughties with an ‘brutal’ clip of Victoria Beckham being quizzed ‘if she was anorexic’ by Michael Parkinson.

Starting in the year 2000, Angela was joined by comedians Ellie Taylor and Geoff Norcott to relieve the turn of the millenium, including pop culture moments, news of the time, and a life of Bacardi Breezers.

But all three were shocked when they were shown an unearthed clip of Victoria – who at the time was about to release her debut solo single – being asked outright if she was anorexic on Parkinson.

As Victoria arrived on stage in a cream leather dress, Parkinson immediately kicked off the interview by going: ‘Three questions I’ve got to ask you. Is it true that David wears your knickers? Second, is it true that you wear the trousers in your house, and thirdly, are you anorexic?’

‘Bloody Hell!,’ Ellie exclaimed at the clip. ‘Parky is not one for small talk.’

Thankfully, Victoria proved she was ever the pro, and joked that the veteran talk show host could ‘borrow her knickers’ if he wanted them.

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Angela found the interview hard to watch (Picture: BBC)

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Ellie Taylor was stunned by the line of questioning (Picture: BBC)

She then went on to deny that she was anorexic, and stated she was angry that it was setting a narrative for the young girls that looked up to her because of the Spice Girls.

Stating she knows she’s not anorexic because she eats, she said: ‘I have a perfectly healthy diet.

‘I know I’m fine. My family know that I’m fine, but there are lots of young children out there who look up to the Spice Girls, and, think “goodness, you know, are you meant to be thin?”

‘I look the way that I look now, I used to be a lot bigger, and I lost a lot of weight after having Brooklyn, but this is just the way that I look now.’

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Victoria brushed off the question and denied being anorexic (Picture: BBC)

But that didn’t deter fellow guest, Two Fat Ladies star Clarissa Dickson Wright asking her what she ate, and ‘how many lettuce leaves a day’ that was.

Seeing as, at the time, Victoria’s weight was a source of gossip, Ellie conceded it may have been a topic that needed to be discussed, but was handled badly.

‘I think it would have inevitably come up in a big interview like that,’ she said. ‘But there’s ways of phrasing it, and ways of getting into that subject rather than doing it as the third point on a list.’

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The trio agreed while it was a discussed topic at the time, it wasn’t handled well (Picture: BBC)

‘Also doing it in a delicate way that shows like a bit of compassion,’ Angela added. ‘It just feels so brutal to me, and then put the guests piling on next to her, like it was a joke.

‘She’s this young woman who’s kind of, obviously, massively famous and used to that level of scrutiny. Her sitting there, kind of thrown to the wolves… I mean so much respect to her that she’s like, “whatever”.’

In the years following the interview, Victoria did admit in her autobiography Learning To Fly that she had suffered issues with eating, including binge eating, as a result of pressures on how she looked during her years in the Spice Girls.

The Noughties continues Wednesdays at 10pm on BBC Two.


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Credit: Original article published here.

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