Now that David Beckham has retired from soccer, the 42-year-old dad now has more time to focus on his four kids, Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and Harper, 6. David and his troupe of adorable kids are often seen hanging out courtside at basketball games and walking red carpet events together. However, one thing that sets the Beckhams apart from other celebrity families is how openly affectionate they are with each other. And although watching David lovingly kiss his sons make us squee with delight, shockingly, others have criticized the sports star’s behavior for being “inappropriate.”
Earlier this year, fans were upset when David uploaded a picture of himself kissing his daughter Harper on the lips. “David, to kiss lips of your daughter (sic) that’s wrong,” one fan wrote. “To be honest kissing your daughter on the lips is a little weird,” another one wrote. David responded to the critics in the best way possible. “I got actually criticized for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day,” he said during a Facebook Live discussion, “I kiss all my kids on the lips. Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn’s 18, he might find that a little bit strange. But I’m very affectionate with the kids. It’s how I was brought up and Victoria, and it’s how we are with our children. We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and we’re very affectionate with them.”
Over the years if you look at photos of David with his sons, you can tell he loves his family — and yes, he’s not afraid to plant a kiss or two on them either! Check out the gallery below to see adorable photos of David bonding with his sons.
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Sharing a Kiss
"My greatest achievement is my family," David told The Mirror. "What matters is being a good father and a good husband – just being connected to family as much as possible."
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Loyal Lakers Fans
"Whenever there is a game I can take the boys to, I love taking them," he told The Telegraph.
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Family Comes First
“Being a dad is more important than football," David told The Mirror. "It's more important than anything."
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Being Silly with Cruz
“I adore children. I love the fact our children are part of both of us," he said in 2012. "It’s one of the most amazing things ever.”
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"I’m secure as a person, as a husband, as a dad,” he told GQ in 2016. “I’ve gone past the point of really worrying, caring. When I was 22 years old, it might have affected me differently. I’m 40, I’ve got four amazing kids, and an amazing wife, amazing parents, amazing in-laws, amazing friends who I trust: It doesn’t matter what people say.”
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“They are so different,” he said. “I mean you’ve got Brooklyn who is turning into a teenager. It takes him quite some time to do his hair in the morning. He’s starting to notice girls – typical teenager."
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"Cruz just wants to break dance every opportunity he gets," David told The Mirror.
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“The biggest thing is my family. We don’t like moving around, we don’t like unsettling the kids," he's said.
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David and Romeo Bonding
"Romeo might be on the billboards and be the Burberry model, but he’s also one of these little boys who loves going home and playing on PlayStation, or going over to the park and kicking a football around," David said back in 2013.
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Being Playful on the Sidelines
“When you have kids you do grow up," he said. "People always said that to me, but I gradually realized that having children changes your world."
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"I've become a taxi driver overnight with the kids," he told Jimmy Kimmel in 2015. "I'm literally an Uber driver."
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"I always wanted kids I could take to work, and for them to experience the things I experience," he told Man About Town magazine. "So, having three boys as a footballer was a dream."
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A Kiss on the Head
“Romeo loves fashion," David told The Mirror. "He likes to go out in a suit with a bowler hat."
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Like Father, Like Son...Sort Of
"One of my boys turned around to me the other day and said, 'Daddy, you know, I'm not sure I want to play football all the time,'" he told ABC News. "It broke my heart a little bit."
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"I love this not-so-little man so much," he captioned this adorable pic. "Growing up fast into a perfect gentleman and hiking buddy.... I love you big boy." We're not crying, you're crying!