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Rebecca Loos at party hosted by Emma Basden in 2006
Rebecca Loos Bartholdi|
19 June 1977
|Occupation||Reality TV star, TV presenter, Glamour model|
Celebrity Love Island|
Extreme Celebrity Detox
The X Factor: Battle of the Stars
Rebecca Loos (born 19 June 1977) is a Spanish-born Anglo-Dutch former glamour model and media personality. Loos first came to public attention following her claims that she had conducted an affair with the married footballer, David Beckham while she was employed as his personal assistant. The allegations led to Loos appearing on several reality television series, magazine covers, and in other media for a few years thereafter.
Early life and education
Loos was born in Madrid, Spain, but has Dutch citizenship. Her father was Leonard Loos Bartholdi, a Dutch diplomat, and her mother, Elizabeth Loos, is originally from Surrey, England. She was privately educated at Runnymede College in Madrid. Loos is a second cousin of Piers Morgan.
Loos became the personal assistant to the former England football captain, David Beckham when he transferred to Real Madrid in July 2003. Her employment was terminated a few months later, and Loos subsequently gave an interview to the British tabloid newspaper News of the World in April 2004, alleging that she and Beckham had conducted a four-month affair. The claims were never corroborated and were dismissed by Beckham as "ludicrous", although he never mounted a legal challenge to the story.
Shortly after the newspaper coverage of her alleged affair with Beckham, Loos commenced a career as a media personality. In 2004, she briefly appeared as a hostess on the Dutch TV programme Shownieuws (alongside the singer Gerard Joling who had represented the Netherlands in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest).
In October 2004, Loos made a controversial appearance on the reality television programme The Farm, a Channel 5 version of the RTE show Celebrity Farm. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals accused producers of pandering to a “morbid and sordid fascination with farm animals” while PETA and Mediawatch-uk demanded the show be taken off the air.
In 2005, Loos appeared on the ITV network "reality" TV show Celebrity Love Island. The same year, Loos took part in a staged wedding ceremony with American fashion model Jenny Shimizu for the television programme Power Lesbian UK to protest against America's laws on gay marriage. It was broadcast in the United States as Power Lesbians on LOGO which profiled successful lesbians in Los Angeles. The two had a relationship for a period thereafter. Loos has stated that she is bisexual and "has been ever since she was a teenager."
In 2006, Loos played for the England Women's football team in a Sky TV charity event. In April of the same year, Loos ran the London Marathon, and raised more than £7,000 in sponsorship for the British Red Cross. Later in May, Loos appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars along with James Hewitt – where she famously received a negative reception from judge Sharon Osbourne.
In 2007, Loos was a contestant on the Spanish version of Survivor in which she came third. In November of that year, she appeared in Sky TV's Cirque de Celebrite in which she was one of two new contestants introduced mid-way through the series.
In 2008, Loos was a guest on The Podge and Rodge Show. In September, she had a part in a Dutch feature film called Mijn vader is een Detective. In October, she took part in the Dutch version of 71 Degrees North (71 Graden Noord).
Loos has been featured on the cover of Playboy, FHM, Nuts, Zoo and other men's magazines.
Loos met her future husband, Norwegian doctor Sven Christjar Skaiaa while she was filming 71 Graden Noord. After becoming pregnant, she relocated to Norway in 2009 and has only made occasional media appearances.
Major media appearances
- 2004 – Hostess on a Dutch television show with Gerard Joling
- October 2004 – Participant on The Farm.
- 2004 – Extreme Celebrity Detox for Channel 4.
- February–April 2005 (on screen) – Dream Team, a Sky football-based TV series. Recurring role of Naomi Wyatt, a Sports-Psychologist.
- Summer, 2005 – Participant on the ITV reality show Celebrity Love Island
- Autumn, 2005 – Hostess of the TV documentary Power Lesbian UK for the Logo (TV channel)
- January 2006 – Celebrity model in the Dutch edition of Playboy magazine.
- April 2006 – Participant in the Belgian/Dutch version of the reality show Temptation Island.
- April 2006 – England team member in Sky1's Celebrity World Cup Soccer Tournament (losing 2–1 vs. Brazil in the final).
- May 2006 – Contestant in The X Factor: Battle of the Stars celebrity show, singing along with James Hewitt.
- February 2007 – Appeared on New Zealand's reality TV show Treasure Island: Pirates Of The Pacific.
- May 2007 – Contestant on the Spanish version of Survivor. She came third.
- November 2007 – Contestant on Sky TV's Cirque de Celebrite. Voted out by the public after just a week.
- 8–9 December 2008 – Guest host of television's The Podge and Rodge Show.
- "Official Website". Archived from the original on 6 March 2010.
- "Rebecca Loos Biography: Posh vs Very Posh". Thisislondon.co.uk. 4 March 1999. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- "Piers Morgan: My favourite moments on Planet Tabloid". The Independent. London. 5 September 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- Govan, Fiona (11 February 2009). "Rebecca Loos reveals pregnancy with new man". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Beckham story is tabloids' dream". news.bbc.co.uk.
- Richard Keeble; Ian Reeves (21 August 2014). The Newspapers Handbook. Routledge. pp. 304–. ISBN 978-1-136-50077-0.
- "Rebecca Loos is back: do you think she was right to sell her story?". 15 March 2013.
- Quentin Falk; Ben Falk (2005). Television's Strangest Moments. Robson Books. p. 300. ISBN 1-86105-874-8.
- "Jenny Shimizu & Rebecca Loos: what's the story?" Archived 6 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. by Jane Czyzselka, Diva magazine, November 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-16.
- "When Hello means Bi for now" The Observer, 9 May 2004.
- "You Loos, Sharon" Daily Mirror, 5 June 2006.