'The most precious gift' - Proud dad David Beckham celebrates son Brooklyn's birthday with heartfelt message
David Beckham has shared a touching birthday message to son Brooklyn to celebrate his 17th birthday.
The proud father posted a black and white photo of his eldest son on Instagram today alongside a heartfelt birthday message to mark the special day.
"17 years ago this little man came into the world and changed our lives in so many ways," he said.
"We were given the most precious gift that makes us smile and proud every time he walks through the door... Not so little anymore but look at the smile. Happy Birthday Bust."
Mum Victoria also took to the social media app to share a birthday greeting to her firstborn son.
"Happy Birthday beautiful boy. We are so proud and love you so much. Can't believe baby Brooklyn is 17 today," she wrote.
The birthday boy, who is an avid Instagram user, also shared a throwback black and white snap, adding: "Thanks for the birthday wishes... looking forward to my first driving lesson."
The former England football captain and Victoria are also parents to Romeo (13), Cruz (10) Harper (4) and have expressed the desire to keep their children grounded despite their privileged upbringing.
In a BBC documentary, titled For The Love Of The Game, which highlights the work David does with charities such as Unicef, the said 40-year-old said he sits down with his children after each goodwill trip he takes and discusses every detail with them.
"My kids have been asking to come on these trips with me for years so at some point they will, obviously the priority is their schooling, but they are interested in these trips. My children always understand how important and how lucky they are to have the life they have."