From the handful of snaps uploaded to David Beckham’s Instagram page between Christmas and New Year’s Day, his 65 million followers would be forgiven for thinking that the ex-footballer, his wife Victoria and the couple’s four children – Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper – were celebrating at the family’s £6 million Oxfordshire home. On Christmas Day, Victoria, David, Romeo and Cruz each posted an identical photograph on their respective Instagram pages, showing the entire family gathered under the distinctive sloped wooden ceiling of their converted Cotswolds barn, clad in matching satin pyjamas, with Beckham Sr sporting a Christmas hat. “Special moments together as a family,” he wrote. “Merry Christmas to everyone.” Last week, however, tabloid reports suggested that, rather than hunkering down in Chipping Norton, where temperatures dropped to a toe-nipping zero degrees on Christmas Day, the Beckhams were actually en route to Florida, where he co-owns a football team. “David needed to be in Miami in January, on Inter Miami duty, because it’s the start of the MLS (Major League Soccer) pre-season, and he is helping recruit new players,” a source told The Sun. If accurate, it makes the photograph uploaded two days later of David alongside Brooklyn and Cruz wearing winter clothes and wellies, in what very much appears to be the English countryside, seem rather like a sleight of hand. Victoria, meanwhile, has published only a handful of selfies since December 25, each of them a dramatic close-up, disclosing little of her surroundings. It certainly makes a change from the Beckhams’ usual modus operandi on social media, which includes sharing every detail of their adventures, whether they’re enjoying a luxury mini-break in Paris or a nine-course meal in Puglia.