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However, despite his attempts, Brooklyn Joseph, 14, Romeo James, 11, and Cruz David, 8½, are already scoring major points with their planned tributes.
“[The boys] have already said they’re having tattoos done. And I said, ‘Well, be different, don’t have any tattoos,’” Beckham, 38, says during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show airing Saturday.
“They said, ‘No, we’re going to have one. We’re going to have, “Mum and Dad.”‘ So I can’t really say no to that.”
But Beckham’s leniency only goes so far. While refereeing Romeo’s soccer game, the former sports star was forced to rule in the other team’s favor — a call his middle son took to heart.
“Romeo went to make a tackle in the penalty area, missed the ball and took the young kid down and I had to give a penalty,” he explains. “As we were running back … Romeo was jogging behind and he turned around to me and said, ‘I can’t believe you did that to me, Dad.’ He was crying — it was a lesson for him.”
Although the boys are serious about game time, in the end it’s all for fun, insists Beckham — despite the persistent rumors claiming they have already been signed.
“The unfortunate thing for the boys is, any time they go and have a kick about with the youth team at Chelsea or at Fulham — or even their Sunday league teams — people say … they’re going to be playing for them,” Beckham says.
“That’s quite a lot of pressure on them as young kids. They’re just training at the moment. They’re enjoying themselves!”
When it comes to little sister Harper Seven, however, Beckham admits the boys may be enjoying themselves a little too much. “She went into one of the rooms the other day and they’re all giggling and whispering and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And they said, ‘We’re teaching Harper a joke,’” he says.
“I’ve heard some of the boys’ jokes over the last few months and it’s not something I really want them teaching Harper. I said, ‘What joke is it?’ And they said, ‘It’s the elephant joke.’”
He adds, “I said, ‘You cannot teach your 2½-year-old little sister a joke like that! Thankfully, she doesn’t know the whole joke.”
Fortunately, the cheeky jokes go right over Harper’s head. However, the same can’t be said about her budding sense of style.
“[Harper] gets her outfit ready the night before and then she gets up in the morning, we go down to get her ready and she changes her mind,” the doting dad says. “Then I’m in the room with Harper trying to pick out outfits and anything which I pick out, which I think looks great, she puts back in. She’s 2½!”
But while life with four kids can quickly get hectic, Beckham — who officially retired from soccer in May — is more than happy to be a “house husband” while wife Victoria continues to build her fashion empire.
“I’ve been lucky. I’ve always been able to take the boys to school in the mornings and pick them up and make them dinner. So I do even more of that. I’m kind of like a driver at the moment, I’m always in the car,” he explains.
“Victoria’s success has been really incredible … She’s a great mother, of course, and she looks after the boys and Harper and that’s our priority … but she works really hard.”
– Anya Leon
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