David Beckham Sparks Debate After Kissing Harper On The Lips

The 42-year-old former footballer has caused controversy on social media after posting a photograph of him kissing his daughter, Harper, on the lips.

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In the words of The Killers: 'It was only a kiss.'

However, David Beckham has learned that even a photograph of a loving peck shared between a father and daughter is never just that.

Last week, you'll have seen the father-of-four posted a picture of himself kissing his five-year-old daughter, Harper, on the lips to Instagram, while enjoying a family holiday in Africa.

Kiss for Daddy ❤️

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The former Manchester United footballer captioned the adorable photograph: 'Kiss for Daddy', almost a year after his wife, Victoria Beckham, posted a similar photograph of herself smooching their daughter on her birthday.

Unfortunately, similar to his wife's public display of affection with her child, the 42-year-old has now come under fire from social media users for his behaviour with the couple's daughter, with some deeming the kiss 'weird' and 'wrong'.

One fan commented on the post: 'On the lips??? What has the world come to', while another wrote, 'not sure about this picture'.

However, hundreds of David's followers have jumped to his defence, praising the father for proudly showing off his beautiful relationship with his daughter.

Loving England 🇬🇧

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One follower posted on the photograph: 'This is very sweet. And by no means inappropriate. Give me a break!! If more parents showed affection to their children and spent time with them like this, our world would be a much happier and more peaceful place!'

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'My son kisses me on the lips and that is okay, if you don't feel comfortable kissing your kids on the lips then there might be some underlying issues that you need to deal with. Parents love is pure,' wrote another.

One fan added: 'The people who think this is sick really are the sick ones who think such a thing.'

Easter Friday gets better 😍

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Fortunately, Beckham – who recently opened up about last month's terror attack in Manchester hurting him 'as a father' – has kept the photo on his Instagram, along with a stream of other images of his daughter and four boys, (Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo) to show he has no shame, embarrassment or regret about displaying love to his children.

Opening day at the Dodgers baby ⚾️ 🇺🇸

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Every parent-child relationship is different. Some families are more reserved and reluctant to show affection in the form of physical interaction, such as a hug or kiss. Others, meanwhile, may embrace a snuggle, tickle or lingering hug at the airport, the school gates or on the sofa in front of the television.

Who are we to judge the innocent way a parent and child show love for one another?

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