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Victoria Beckham's heart to heart with Diane von Furstenberg helped her let go of 'working mum' guilt

Published 09/11/2015 | 20:14

(L to R) Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the Burberry Festive film premiere at 121 Regent Street on November 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)
(L to R) Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the Burberry Festive film premiere at 121 Regent Street on November 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)

Victoria Beckham was put at ease over her decision to remain a working mother after a candid heart-to-heart with top fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg.

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The former Spice Girls star-turned-fashion designer has been trying to balance her hectic work schedule with her busy home life as a mother-of-four for years after successfully reinventing herself as a force to be reckoned with in the clothing world.

Designer Diane von Furstenberg arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in New York. Reuters/Brendan McDermid
Designer Diane von Furstenberg arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in New York. Reuters/Brendan McDermid
Diane von Furstenberg and Julianne Moore attend TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 Most Influential People In The World on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)
Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg you are a top designer. Surely you could have found a decent wrap dress in your wardrobe to wear instead of this hairy gillet. MISS

However, she admits it took a few words of advice from Diane to help her realise that she has no reason to feel "guilty" for splitting her time between her family and her career.

"I was having dinner with Diane von Furstenberg a few months ago and she's a woman I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for," Victoria, 41, recalled to U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. "And I said to her, 'Diane, when your children were younger and you were working, did you feel guilty?' She said, 'Absolutely not. It's a waste of time, a waste of energy; it's (the stress is) ageing.' And she said, 'Actually, you're setting a good example, the fact that you're a woman, you're going to work; you really are setting a good example.'

(L to R) Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the Burberry Festive film premiere at 121 Regent Street on November 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)
(L to R) Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the Burberry Festive film premiere at 121 Regent Street on November 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)

"And that was great advice because I'm sure there are lots of women right now, watching TV, thinking, 'I feel guilty, I've got kids and I'm going to work.' Actually, it is a positive message to be giving to your children and other women and children as well."

Victoria shares four children with husband David Beckham - sons Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 13, and Cruz, 10, and four-year-old daughter Harper, and they have made sure their kids learn the value of money by putting them to work.

Victoria Beckham says her marriage to David is strong
Victoria Beckham says her marriage to David is strong
Handout photo issued by the Walpole Awards of Victoria Beckham who won British Luxury Brand of the Year at the Walpole British Luxury Awards at the Dorchester in London. Picture: Walpole Awards/PA Wire
Victoria Beckham
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham at the Victoria Beckham store on Dover Street on September 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham at the Victoria Beckham store on Dover Street on September 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Victoria Beckham

Brooklyn previously took on a part-time job as a barista at a local London cafe last year (14), while he has since also dabbled in modelling and recently served as an intern on the set of family friend Guy Ritchie's upcoming film Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Romeo also made his break into the modelling world in 2012 with a campaign for luxury fashion house Burberry.

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Diane attends Fashion Week Spring 2015 in September.
Diane attends Fashion Week Spring 2015 in September.
Diane von Furstenberg sits for a photographer in 1977.

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