David Beckham is defending his decision to kiss his 5-year-old daughter, Harper, on the lips after receiving heavy backlash for sharing a photo of the moment on Instagram early last month.
“Kiss for daddy,” he captioned next to the snap, which has racked up nearly 2 million likes on Instagram.
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The kiss generated a fierce debate on social media over whether or not it was appropriate.
“That’s sick,” one person commented on Instagram.
“David, to kiss lips of your daughter that’s wrong,” another chimed in. And others opined that Harper’s age was the issue: “I just think she’s a little too old for that is all.”ut,
But supporters said the kiss was sweet — and many slammed critics as having dirty minds.
The photo of David Beckham kissing his daughter is merely a father showing affection to his daughter. What's wrong with that? #DavidBeckham
— LaShawn Goodman (@LaShawn__CC) June 9, 2017
“Anyone who thinks this is inappropriate has some issues and should be seeking some help. This is his little girl. Hellooooo. I kiss my sons and daughters on the lips all the time,” one fan stated on Instagram.
“Love this picture and everything it represents,” another supporter said. “Why does this world have to turn something so innocent and pure into something so vile. Nothing like a father and daughter relationship. She’s very lucky to have a dad like you who clearly is besotted with his daughter.”
Beckham, who is father to Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, Cruz, 12, and Harper, 5, responded to the incident during a Facebook Live interview on the Woody Talk Show this past Saturday, stating that he’s affectionate with his kids as that’s how he was raised.
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“I got criticized for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day. I kiss all my kids. Brooklyn maybe not, he’s 18 so might find that a bit strange. But I’m very affectionate with the kids, it’s how I was brought up, and Victoria,” he said. “We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and you know, we’re very affectionate with them.”
“It’s amazing having children, it’s the most special thing in the world,” he continued. “To be able to have three amazing boys and a little girl, you don’t love any of them any more than the others.
“And Harper has three brothers so if she starts dating, no she will, that person will have to go through an inspection with her brothers, her dad, so we’ll see.”
Last year, Beckham’s wife Victoria also caused controversy after sharing an Instagram photo of her kissing Harper on the lips for her birthday.
“Happy Birthday baby girl, we all love you so much,” the photo was captioned.
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