He might be know for his nomadic football success, impeccable style, and one-time penchant for sarongs, but David Beckham would also like to be known as a feminist and parent to three young boys who have learned the true value of respecting women.
In a new interview with the Irish Independent, the 42-year-old has opened up about modern masculinity, fatherhood, and feminism.
When asked whether he'd call himself a feminist, the former footballer said: "Would I? Sure, yeah, I'd like to feel that I am a feminist. I stand up for many different things that I believe in."
Explaining how he learned to be a feminist, the entrepreneur credits his parents and wife for teaching him the importance of giving women the respect and appreciation they rightfully deserve throughout his life.
"Having a little girl [six-year-old Harper Beckham], I think that's a big part of it. You know, my mum and my dad always brought me up to respect my sisters, my mum, my grandmother. I think that is one thing that I was always brought up with. It is an important part of my life. It has always been an important part of my life."
At one point during the interview, Beckham added that he wanted to instill the same beliefs in his kids, especially his boys. "I want to do the same for my children. My sons."
With three sons ranging from ages 12 to 18, Beckham explains that both he and Victoria have educated their children from an early age on how to treat all men and women equally.
"It runs all the way through the house," he explained.
"You know, I think at the end of the day, I have an amazing mum; I had an amazing grandmother. I have amazing sisters. I have an amazing daughter and I want my sons and people around them to respect them [women] in the way that they deserve," Beckham added.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.