Despite coming in for a lot of flak for pecking seven-year-old Harper on the lips previously, the former footballer is continuing to prove the criticism isn’t going to stop him showing his daughter affection in whichever way he chooses.
Most recently, the 44-year-old was seen kissing Harper as they cheered on the Lionesses’ quarter final match against Norway.
The daddy-daughter duo were there to watch as England won 3-0 to reach the semi-final of the Women’s World Cup, and photographers were there to capture the moment the dad-of-four sweetly pecked little Harper on the lips.
It isn’t the first time David has shown defiance in the face of the parenting police. He previously hit back at trolls by kissing Harper in a cute Instagram video, but this prompted Piers Morgan to rant about the gesture on ‘Good Morning Britain.”
Speaking on ‘Good Morning Britain’ last month, Piers said: “It’s very sweet…[But] why would a father kiss his daughter on the lips? Don’t get it – creepy. Weird.”
“Then you post that for the world – you posted that for the world, why?” he added.
While co-presenter Susanna Reid didn’t agree that David’s display of affection to his daughter was weird, she did say she thought it was inappropriate for it to be shared online.
It isn’t the first time David Beckham has caused a buzz for sharing an image of him kissing his daughter on the lips.
Back in 2017 he shared an Instagram post of him pecking Harper on the lips at an ice skating rink.
The picture garnered 1.4 million likes – but some of David’s 52.2 million followers weren’t fans of the loving gesture, including Piers Morgan, who once again described the gesture as “weird.”
But the dad-of-four was quick to fire back to explain that he is “affectionate” with all his kids.
“I kiss all my kids on the lips,” he said in a Facebook Live in 2017.
“Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn’s 18, he might find that a little bit strange,” he continued.
“I’m very affectionate with the kids. It’s how I was brought up and Victoria, 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 you know, we’re very affectionate with them,” he added.
David clearly sees nothing wrong with kissing his young daughter on the lips, and has previously posted pictures of himself doing so.
He’s also not the only celebrity parent who proudly posts pictures kissing their children.
David’s wife Victoria Beckham had previously come under fire for sharing an image of her also kissing Harper on the lips.
Hilary Duff was also forced to defend herself after sharing an image of her kissing her son, then four on the lips.
Kissing children on the lips remains a divisive issue, with some parents all for the loving gesture and others warning of the dangers of passing on the herpes virus, which can be harmful to babies.
But as one study which links parental affection with higher self worth in later life proves, it is important for a child to feel loved, no matter what form that affection takes.
What do you think? Should parents kiss their children on the lips?