David Beckham has said he is proud of his son Cruz for releasing a charity Christmas single days after he was accused of “pimping out” his son.
Last week, the 11-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham premiered his Christmas single “If Every Day Was Christmas”, of which all the proceeds go to the charity Make Some Noise which is the in-house charity for Global radio stations and targets disadvantaged children and young people.
Cruz’s initial steps into stardom generated much hype and attention and soon enough Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan sparked a row.
In pictures: David Beckham's career
In pictures: David Beckham's career
As Beckham announced his retirement, we look at the midfielder's 14 major trophies. He won first of six Premier League titles with Manchester United in 1996 when he was just 21 years old and celebrated aboard the bus parade with an equally young Gary Neville.
United completed the double in the 1995-96 season, winning the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool. Beckham was named in the starting line-up but was substituted from the field in the final minute.
Aged just 22, Beckham was part of the Manchester United squad to win back-to-back Premier League titles, securing the trophy with a 2-0 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford.
Manchester United took their first step towards the unprecedented treble by securing the Premier League title in mid-May - Beckham's third while playing for the club.
United got the double in the bag by winning the 1998-99 FA Cup trophy in a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle.
The treble was completed on May, 26 1999 as United beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in what proved to be the only European competition trophy Beckham won.
Beckham celebrates winning back-to-back Premier League titles for a second time with his Manchester United team-mates.
Beckham uncorks the champagne as Manchester United celebrate becoming only the fourth English club to win three successive Premier League titles.
Gary and Phil Neville help David Beckham celebrate his sixth and final Premier League trophy after they secured the title with a 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park in 2003.
Beckham got his hands on the Spanish Super Cup trophy just months after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2003.
Star signing Beckham waves to the crowd after Real Madrid claim the La Liga title in 2007.
After moving across the pond to join LA Galaxy, Beckham enjoyed domestic success, winning the Western Conference Championship three times. In 2011, he tasted glory for the first time as Galaxy won the prestigious MLS Cup.
Beckham enjoys a bus parade with his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates after they became the Champions of France earlier this month, in what proved to be his final success before announcing his imminent retirement.
Beckham celebrates with his three sons after LA Galaxy win the MLS Cup for the second successive season.
Embroiling himself in an argument, with Cruz’s manager Scooter Braun – who is famously at the helm of Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise – Morgan accused the Beckham’s of “exploiting” their son “for commercial gain” while Braun accused the former newspaper editor of hypocrisy by highlighting his own work judging children on Britain’s Got Talent.
The Beckham parents did not immediately respond to the furore, but the former England football captain has now defended his son's singing career saying he is still working hard at school and it was his idea to make a song to benefit a charity.
“”Cruz came for us very recently and said, ‘How about I do a Christmas song and all the proceeds go to charity?’”, Beckham told Good Morning America. “There’s nothing more to this than that at the moment. He’s 11-years-old, he’s still at school, he’s still concentrating at school, that’s the most important thing but he wanted to give back.
“He’s done this amazing little Christmas song which has got a lot of attention and we’re very proud of him because he came to us with the idea. It’s kinda cool and he’s having fun.”
Cruz is the third eldest Beckham son after 17-year-old Brooklyn, who is already establishing himself as a social media star and novice fashion photographer, and Romeo, 14, who has already for Burberry. Their younger sister Harper is five-years-old.