Brooklyn Beckham at 16
His proud dad David called him his ‘big boy’ as he shared a pair of father-and-son snaps to celebrate Brooklyn’s 16th birthday.
The first showed an adorable toddler Brooklyn in an oversized Manchester United kit proudly pacing the pitch with his dad when the team won the Premiership in May 2001.
In the second, a grown-up Brooklyn is cosied up on the sofa with his dad, and while the image might elicit some ribbing from Brooklyn’s too cool-for-skool pals, it shows beyond doubt the amazing bond the teenager has with his dad. Not to mention their peas-in-a-pod looks and sense of style (and love of football, of course!).
The oldest of the Beckham brood, Brooklyn has been in the spotlight ever since Victoria made her pregnancy announcement back in 1998. Little Brooklyn Joseph was delivered by planned caesarean section on March 4 1999 – with his mum’s choice of birth immediately popularising the phrase ‘too posh to push’.
Now a star in his own right, with hundreds of thousands of followers on his Instagram account, and a diary packed full of events and functions, Brooklyn is well and truly growing up – but let’s remind ourselves of his journey from showbiz tot to teen!
Brooklyn at 2 in May 2001
How cute? At 2, little Brooklyn was already a mini David in the making, from his football boots to his baby mohawk hair-do! Bet he cringes at these snaps now though!
Brooklyn at 5 – cheering on his dad in Portugal at Euro 2004
Mums and sons, eh! In every snap of Posh and Brooklyn you can see the pride in her face. And while these days Brooklyn is more often than not spotted escorting his ma to showbiz events, or carrying his little sis through throngs of paps, back when he was 5, he was more than happy just to sit on her knee while she pouted for the cameras!
Brooklyn at 9 – joining dad for a nail-biting LA Lakers NBA finals game
Brooklyn and David’s love of sport doesn’t start and end with football, as this pic shows! The pair were enjoying some dad-and-son time watching the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA finals in this lovely family snap. It was June 2008 and Brooklyn had recently turned 9 – and was still copying his dad’s hair!
Brooklyn at 13 – celebrating dad’s LA Galaxy win with his little brothers
Brooklyn obviously takes his job as the oldest child very seriously, and in this family snap he certainly stands out as the big bro! Posing with dad alongside little brothers Romeo and Cruz to celebrate LA Galaxy MLS trophy win, Brooklyn looks every inch the cool teen. Still got the same hair as dad though!
Brooklyn at 14 – back on the pitch
Brooklyn says on his Instagram profile ‘football is my life’ and he certainly seems to be taking his moves very seriously in these snaps from April 2013! Brooklyn would have just turned 14 when they were taken, and was obviously having a whale of a time training alongside his little brother Cruz with his dad’s new team, Paris Saint-Germain.
Booklyn at 15 – and is that a girlfriend on the horizon?! Is she, isn’t she?
Mention girlfriends to teenage boys and you’re likely to get lots of reddening cheeks, denials and door slamming! We wonder how 15-year-old Brooklyn dealt with all the rumours he had a new girlfriend in the shape of 17-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz back in August 2014? (true or not, they do make a v cute couple!)
Brooklyn’s Hollywood life turns him from cute tot into cool teen
With his expertly styled hair and cool aviator shades, Hollywood life was certainly looking to be suiting 15 year old Brooklyn as he was photographed at a Hollywood film premiere in August 2014. Yet despite the glitz, he still has something of the boy next door – all thanks to mum and dad’s ‘feet on the ground’ attitude, maybe?
Hanging out with mum while seeing in the New Year
Just like his mum, Brooklyn loves a selfie and this uber cute one was taken by him as he shared a cuddle with mum Victoria on New Year’s Eve, 2014. (We suspect a selfie stick may have been involved!) 15-year-old Brooklyn captioned it: “Great new year party with family and friends.” Bless!
Just like dad – blonde ambition at 15
He’s been emulating his dad’s look since toddlerhood, and this dad-inspired do which Brooklyn debuted in January 2015 showed he was totally a chip off the Beckham block. Sharing the pic Brooklyn cheekily noted: “Blonds have more fun.” Is that what his dad told him?
Happy birthday, Brooklyn!