David Beckham admits he was both 'devastated' and 'relieved' by son Romeo's decision to quit football
Romeo Beckham recently made a bombshell announcement to David Beckham; the 13-year-old told his father that he wanted to give up football to pursue his other interests. The news was met with a mixed reaction from the iconic sportstar.
"The other day Romeo turned around to me and said he didn't want to play football anymore," David, 40, told the Radio Times Christmas issue. "Part of me was devastated but part of me was relieved too.
David Beckham said he felt both "devastated" and "relieved" by Romeo's decision to give up football
"He's got other passions and I like that," the dad-of-four explained.
Romeo, in fact, seems to be following his mother Victoria Beckham into the world of fashion, modelling clothes for Burberry. The couple's eldest son, Brooklyn Beckham, has also developed a keen interest away from football, with David confirming that "photography is his passion" – a fact clearly evident on the 16-year-old's Instagram account.
David and Victoria are also parents to 10-year-old Cruz and four-year-old daughter Harper. And it may well be little Harper who follows her dad onto the football field. Victoria has previously joked that it breaks her heart to see her little girl so mad about the game.
When Harper told her fashion designer mum that she wanted to "play football" rather than pursue a fashion career, Victoria admitted that it felt like a "dagger through the heart".
Victoria Beckham has previously joked that it breaks her heart that Harper has also developed a love of football
"I have three boys that want to play football," Victoria previously told Vogue. "You know, come on, let one of them want to be in fashion or dance.
"I would rather she go into fashion than be in a pop group, I have to say," she added. "But I did have fun doing that."
As well as football, Harper has picked up another hobby. Just last week, Victoria shared an adorable photo of his little girl as she attended a ballet class. Alongside the black and white snapshot of her daughter, Victoria wrote: "Mummy is so proud of her little ballerina XX vb."