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David Beckham talks about obsessive-compulsive disorder

According to the former footballer, the “diagnosis” exhausts him, but he cannot stop.

David Beckham opens up about his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in a new Netflix documentary about his family. OCD refers to an obsessive state marked by repeated repetition of some kind of ritual. “I clean very well, but, in fact, I’m not sure if my wife appreciates it at all, to be honest,” the Evening Standard quoted the former captain of the British football team as saying.

“The thing is, when everyone is already in bed, I go out, clean the candles, adjust the switches to make sure everything is tidied up. I hate going downstairs in the morning, there are mugs and plates and, you know, cups. It's tiring to walk around each candle and clean them. I cut off the wax, clean the glass, this is my main object of dislike - soot around the candle ... I know it's strange, ”the athlete explained.

At the same time, he admitted that he “feels obligated” to carry out the duties he has taken on at home, despite how “tiresome” it can be for him.

The famous Beckham family now lives in a £25 million ($42.6 million) house in London's Holland Park. David's statements are intersected with an interview he gave to ITV in 2006. “I have this obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have to arrange everything in a straight line or put everything in pairs. I put Pepsi cans in the fridge, and if there are too many, I put them away somewhere in the cupboard.”

“I go into the hotel room and before relaxing, I have to collect all the pieces of paper and books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect." When asked if he would like to get rid of repetitive patterns of behavior, Beckham admitted: “I would. I tried and I can't stop."

After filming a documentary about the Beckham family, the Netflix crew asked the ex-footballer's wife, Victoria, how she felt about David's confessions of obsessive behavior. The fashion designer replied with a smile that she “appreciates” her husband very much, and for her he is “just perfection itself”