Joe Lycett issues final message to David Beckham

Catherine Muxworthy November 21, 2022

Comedian Joe Lycett got everyone talking when he shredded £10,000 of his own money on a livestream after David Beckham refused to pull out of, or even talk about his ambassadorship with Qatar for the World Cup. However, after letting people discuss the stunt at length, a day later, Joe Lycett has issued a final statement revealing the full truth.

“This is my final message to David Beckham,” Lycett began in a video shared to Twitter, “It’s me, that prick who shredded loads of money in a cost of living crisis. So, where were we? I told you I was going to destroy £10,000 if you didn’t end your relationship with Qatar before the first day of the World Cup. And then, when you didn’t end your relationship or even respond in any way, I streamed myself dropping £10,000 into a shredder. Or did I? I haven’t quite told you the whole truth.

“Because the truth is, the money that went into the shredder was real but the money that came out was fake. I would never destroy real money. I would never be so irresponsible. In fact, the ten grand had already been donated to LGBTQ+ charities before I even pressed send on the initial tweet last week.

“I never expected to hear from you. It was an empty threat designed to get people talking. In many ways, it was like your deal with Qatar, David. Total bullshit from the start. I’m not even queer… only joking.”

Joe Lycett wasn’t quite done shredding things, however. He continued: “There is one more thing I’ll shred. This is your Attitude magazine cover from June 2002, the first ever cover of a gay magazine with a Premier League footballer on it. I asked Attitude if I could shred it and they were more than happy to oblige,” he tells viewers as he feeds the magazine into the shredder.

“Gosh, it’s all been quite a lot this, hasn’t it,” Joe ends the video saying, “Right. I’m off down the gay village to have a few pints.”