David and Victoria Beckham have finally addressed the state of their 19-year marriage in a new interview, having been plagued by split rumours in recent months.

Cutting to the chase, Victoria admitted persistent speculation regarding the state of their marriage.

'People have been making things up about our relationship for 20 years, so David and I are pretty used to ignoring the nonsense and just carrying on as normal,' she said.

'But these things have a wider effect on the people around us, and that’s unfair.'

Talking about brand Beckham, Victoria said: 'We both realise that we are stronger together than we are as individuals. Would either of us be in the position that we are in now had we not met and been together all those years ago? It’s all about the family unit.

'We are much stronger - the six of us - than we would be if we were individuals. We respect that family bond and that is key.'

Back in June, the Beckhams were suddenly forced to vehemently deny speculation that they were heading for a divorce.

During this turbulent time Victoria sat down with her four children to reassure them about the state of their parents' marriage.

'They sat the children down and addressed these horrific, hurtful whispers,' a friend of the Beckhams said recently. 'Both David and Victoria are very transparent with the kids to ensure they hear things directly from them - and not from the playground.

'After the latest furore, they once again took the decision to be open and honest with them, reassuring them Daddy is not a cheat.'

The source added that while the couple of 21 years laughed off the rumours publicly, they took it 'much more seriously' at home.

At the time of the divorce rumours - which seemed to involve speculation about David's faithfulness to his wife - Jo Milloy, a spokesman for Victoria, said the gossip was 'absolute nonsense'.

Meanwhile, David's spokesman, Simon Oliveira, dubbed the claims ‘embarrassing and laughable’.