David Beckham has confessed to sending the leaked emails.
But he has told friends they were written “in the heat of the moment” after he was passed over for a knighthood – and that the content of some of the emails has been changed.
The former England and Man United star was alleged to have branded the honours committee “unappreciative c***s” after missing out on being a Sir in 2013.
Blasting the honours committee, Beckham, who won an OBE in 2003, said:
“I expected nothing less. It’s a disgrace to be honest and if I was American I would of got something like this 10 years ago.”
In another leaked email he appears to refuse to donate $1m to an event run by UNICEF, declaring “it’s my f***ing money”.
The revelations caused a storm on Twitter, with users tearing into the global icon, believing his UNICEF work was just glory-seeking.
But David insists: “I don’t care about being knighted.”
According to sources, David is determined to continue working with UNICEF, insisting he had not helped the charity just to boost his chances of becoming a Sir.
A close friend of Beckham said:
“He is very calm at the moment because he knows the great work that he has done for UNICEF. But he is just saddened that people would question all of that work.
“Genuinely, he wasn’t as vitriolic as that, but you do say some things in private and in the heat of the moment.
“To be honest, he does feel that he has given so much to his country. And sometimes you say things in private that anyone would say and you don’t really mean it.”
Referring to an email about honours in which he is alleged to have written “unless it is a knighthood, f*** off”, the pal said:
“While he was frustrated in those emails, he was over it the moment he sent them. Getting the knighthood is not what his work is about. He doesn’t care if he gets a knighthood or not.”
Beckham, 41, was spotted on Saturday watching son Brooklyn at a London skate park after the wheels of his knighthood bid were pulled from under him by the website leak of emails from him and his close aides.
Culled From MirrorUK