David Beckham Slammed Over Kissing 10-Year-Old Daughter on Lips
The 46-year-old England hero took to Instagram last Friday to share a photo of himself with Harper Seven while out on a morning walk.
Beckham wrote to his 70.7m followers: “Daddy & Princess Leia had a lovely walk this morning.”
One of the photos included Beckham giving his daughter a peck on the lips, which prompted fierce backlash from some social media users.
“Why do you kiss your daughter on the lips? It’s weird and inappropriate,” one person wrote.
Someone else commented: “She is a big girl now [and it is] time for you to stop kissing her on the lips.”
While a third commenter posted: “Although this is very sweet, please do not kiss your daughter on the lips.”
A fourth said: “Wait, what!? Why do families kiss on the lips?”
And a fifth added: “Stop with the bulls**t lip kissing! Please! It’s not right for a parent to kiss their kids on the lips.”
However, other fans defended Beckham for kissing his daughter on the lips and deemed his fatherly love as ‘normal.’
One Instagram user said: “In [the] Czech Republic [it] is normal to kiss your parents on [the] lips like that. Normal kiss [sic] nothing romantic or something like that. I kiss my mom or dad every time I see them. I don’t know what is the problem here.”
And a second added: “My mum and dad still do this and I’d miss them if anything ever happened to them. People are being so cruel with this.”
A third posted: “These people who say it’s wrong to kiss your daughter on the lips are crazy! I still kiss my daughter on the lips when I see her and she’s 32!”
While a fourth commented: “A parent being affectionate with his daughter so she knows she’s safe and loved should be celebrated.”
It is not the first time Beckham has received a hostile reception for kissing his daughter on the lips.
The Inter Miami co-owner and president posted a photo of him giving a then-five-year-old Harper Seven a kiss in 2017.
During a Facebook Live conversation, Beckham said that he was “actually criticised for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day” and insisted that “I kiss all my kids on the lips.”
The United and Real Madrid star explained: “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 [wife Victoria Beckham], 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.”