Mental Health

David Beckham Talks About His OCD

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David Beckham has talent, fortune, a beautiful family and world recognition. He also has OCD.

"It’s tiring"

The famous footballer has spoken openly over the years about his need for straight lines and even numbers. In a 2006 interview with ITV1 he discussed his need to rearrange hotelfurniture and line up soda can labels. He called his particular obsession “tiring” in his latest interview in Esquire magazine:

"I've got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I'll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there's one too many then I'll put it in another cupboard somewhere."

”Everything has to be in order”

"I'll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect." While he describes the condition as tiring, he also says he’s come to accept his need for routines and rituals. "It's not something I worry about. I've accepted it. I'm just very obsessive with certain things. Everything has to be in order. That's the way it is,” he explained.

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”Everything has to be perfect”

It’s a condition millions of people around the world can empathize with. "Walk into a hotel room and before I can get settled I have to unpack, everything has to be perfect; the magazines the right way, the drawers in the right way, or whatever it is. It's tiring. But it's more tiring if it's not done the right way."