David Beckham "Incredibly Humbled" to Receive UNICEF Humanitarian Award, Speaks on Fatherhood
Could David Beckham be any more perfect? We think not.
On Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, the 40-year-old father of four flashed his award-winning smile inside the Louis Vuitton-hosted sixth biennial UNICEF Ball, where the star received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award for his philanthropic work. He was nothing but dapper in a sleek Tom Ford suit, but it was Beckham’s words that made us all swoon.
Before taking the stage to deliver a touching speech, he dished on why being a parent makes the honor even more memorable. “My children mean the world to me. Being a parent is always the best thing, but it can also be challenging as well because you want to set the right example. I feel that I do, but sometimes you make mistakes as parents,” he told InStyle. “The children are very proud of me. They’re back in London, but they’re very proud and they know that daddy’s receiving an award tonight. They know that I go on these trips and I come back and I explain the trips to them. It’s always something to be part of this organization, I’m very proud.”
Speaking of trips, the award recipient, who calls the gorgeous Victoria Beckham his wife, provided an emotional anecdote from his humanitarian work while delivering his acceptance speech. “I feel incredibly humbled,” he told guests. “These evenings are special. We all like to dress up. We all like to wear nice suits, wear nice gowns, eat great food, drink nice wine, these events are important. But, what’s more important about these events are what comes from these events. This is where money is raised, a line is shot on the most difficult circumstances that happen in our lifetime and beyond our lifetime.”
The former underwear campaign model and soccer icon moved on to explain that his work with UNICEF began 15 years ago. Beckham also shared a touching story of a family in the Philippines that tragically lost their daughter after a typhoon, providing details about how he met them through the organization and understood their struggle. “We still live in a world where children are dying of preventable diseases, children are still being abused, being put in situations of violence,” he said.
“I have four children of my own. I will not stop supporting this charity, because this charity does so much for so many children around the world. I will not stop supporting this charity until I know that all the children are safe from these diseases,” he concluded.
Well said, David.
—With reporting by Brandi Fowler