The soccer legend David Beckham is the loving father of four kids. Initially, he and his wife, Victoria Beckham, had three sons, but David and Victoria were ecstatic when they found their fourth little one was going to be a girl. Although David is renowned for his prowess on the soccer field, the athlete considers being a dad his most crucial role.
David and Victoria welcomed their first child, Brooklyn Joseph Beckham, a few months before they married in 1999. Following his birth, the new parents tied the knot and settled down, soon expanding their family with Brooklyn’s younger brothers, Romeo James Beckham in 2002 and Cruz David Beckham in 2005.
Finally, in 2011, David and Victoria received the news that she was pregnant for the fourth time. Naturally, the family was excited about having another little Beckham baby, but what sent them “over the moon” was finding out they were having a little girl. Harper Seven Beckham was born on July 10, 2011.
David wanted to respond when he saw the relentless online bullying, but his family and friends advised him not to poke the bear, since a response would most likely have triggered more ill-natured comments. David Beckham and Harper Beckham in Soho on September 10, 2013 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
David opened up about his daughter’s name, saying they chose Harper because it is an old English name. They also picked it because of its connection to the author of, Harper Lee. The name Seven, on the other hand, holds spiritual significance for the soccer player and his wife.
Why Has David’s Daughter Been Body Shamed since Birth? Unfortunately, being the child of a famous athlete comes with visibility, and internet users have focused on Harper since she was just a little baby. Many Twitter users commented on her weight, with one saying “Look, I know that fat babies are healthy babies, but you really gotta be careful or you’ll end up with a Harper Beckham situation…” Another commented:
“I hear little Harper Beckham is already too fat to wear her Mother’s clothes.” Harper Beckham and David Beckham at Griffith Observatory on April 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images Later, in 2017, young Harper once more became the target of online hatred as internet users flocked to social media to comment on her weight following a Beckham family outing to the beach. Some said Harper should have lost her baby weight by then. In another photo of her with her dad, one user penned:
“Seems like someone eats too much unhealthy food.”Harper Beckham and David Beckham in Manhattan on February 11, 2018 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
David wanted to respond when he saw the relentless online bullying, but his family and friends advised him not to poke the bear, since a response would most likely have triggered more ill-natured comments. Nonetheless, Victoria and her husband couldn’t stand their daughter being belittled.
How Does Doting Dad David Protect His Only Daughter?
Following these incidents, David has become much more protective when it comes to his little girl. The soccer star opened up about how he and his wife have tried to shield her from body-shaming and online bullying, saying they’ve largely kept her away from social media thus far. However, they know it’s a looming threat. Victoria shared:
“Harper isn’t on social media, so we don’t have to worry about that just yet. But seeing how cruel people can be, yes it really does [concern me]. She’s at that age where her body is going to start changing, but it’s about making sure that we communicate a lot as a family and she surrounds herself with nice friends.”
David also does his best to make sure she grows up with tons of fantastic memories. The doting dad often shares posts of their most recent adventures on his Instagram, and it’s clear that David has a soft spot for his only daughter. In many videos, he shares how they go on unexpected outings to buy ice cream and see the sights when traveling.
The father-of-four surrounds his only daughter with heaps of love. They indulged in their love of treats by going out for gelato at 9 a.m. in Venice, and the athlete posted, “Don’t tell mummy.” and enjoying donuts with the rest of the family. And it’s clear Harper is growing up to be a sweet, intelligent girl.
Victoria also shared that her and David’s youngest doesn’t enjoy wearing revealing outfits or makeup. In fact, Victoria shared how Harper criticized her for wearing revealing clothes when she was part of the Spice Girls. The famous mom remembered how outraged her daughter looked when she saw it and swore she would “absolutely not” wear something similar.