Following the publication of an explosive new book written by Tom Bower, a former journalist for the BBC, David and Victoria Beckham are putting up a battle against allegations that their 25-year marriage is nothing more than a "distant business relationship."

A very harsh portrayal of the marriage is painted by the author in "The House of Beckham: Money, Sex, and Power," in which the author asserted that the couple made a contract many years ago to remain together in order to preserve their lucrative family brand.

“The claims are absolutely devastating – David atoning for his alleged cheating by funding her money-pit fashion house, her chain-smoking over Rebecca Loos in Madrid. David and Victoria are used to ridiculous stories about them but what will hurt most are the claims of their separate lives and almost divorcing,” an unnamed source told Woman’s Day.

“It’s true they did almost split so this does affect the kids now as they’re old enough to read and understand it – and they all remember what was a very dark time for their marriage,” the insider went on.

According to the book, David and Victoria Beckham were living different lives and was on the verge of getting a divorce as recently as 2016. It also claims that their respective publicists were spreading nasty stories about the other throughout this time.

As the problem began to have an impact on David's reputation as well as his project in Miami, it appears that he "made a deal" with his wife, who he had been separated from for some time.

“His status and survival would have been washed away without Victoria’s determination to maintain the illusion of a happy family,” the book suggested, adding that David agreed to fund Victoria’s fashion business in return. It is the opinion of friends that this was not a "deal" but rather a sincere effort to resolve certain issues that had arisen in their marriage.

“They were blame-gaming each other for their failure in the US, and their return to the UK was a bit of humble pie. When David started pouring everything into this Miami project, they were living an ocean apart for some time, but they’ve worked through marriage problems before,” the pal stated.

Victoria would be featured in Vanity Fair and Vogue raving about David, and the following year, the pair would reaffirm their commitment to one another by renewing their wedding vows. Perhaps it was not a coincidence that these two events would occur.

“People have talked about, ‘Do we stay together because it’s a brand?’ Of course not. We stay together because we love each other, because we have four amazing children. Do you go through tough times? Of course. That’s part of relationships. It’s part of marriages,” David spoke about marrying Victoria for the second time in an interview with Desert Island Discs.

According to their friends, David and Victoria Beckham are proud of the fact that they have persevered through difficult circumstances. “It’s hard being reminded of some of the worst times in their lives, but it’s also made them all, kids included, treasure what they’ve achieved,” the snitch stated.

Business Times has reached out to David Beckham and Victoria Beckham for comments.