Following a heated debate that arose on David Beckham’s Instagram last month, the star has spoken out in defence of the sweet snap he shared of himself with daughter Harper.

Hoardes of social media users expressed their distress on David Beckham’s Instagram account, after the former pro footballer posted a sweet photo of him and his five-year-old daughter Harper.

The photo, taken on a family trip to Tanzania, showed David kissing his young daughter on the lips. The post caused outrage among his followers, who debated whether or not Beckham kissing Harper was wrong.

The post gathered over 1.8 million likes, and over 7,000 comments, with some users expressing disgust at the photo.

Kiss for Daddy ❤️

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One user wrote, “David, to kiss lips of your daughter that’s wrong,” Another added, “I just think she’s a little too old for that is all.”

But the majority of other users have fought back, sticking up for David and saying that there’s nothing wrong with the photograph.

One user said, “So cute!”, while another commented, “So special to have those moments with daddy and daughter 💕 Our daughter loves her kisses and cuddles! Thanks for sharing your family affection with your fans.”. Someone else said, Awww so sweet, just shows a loving bond between father and daughter ❤️❤️”

Lots of parents commenting on David’s photo revealed that they were appalled by the negative reactions to the picture, with one saying “I’m appalled by some of the comments that kissing your daughter like this is inappropriate. How conservative and stupid can you be! The world needs more love and a dad kissing his daughter like this is a loving dad!”

In defence of what was an innocent photo with his daughter David said, “I kiss all my kids on the lips. Brooklyn maybe not. Brooklyn’s 18, he might find that a little bit strange.”

“But I’m very affectionate with the kids. It’s how I was brought up and Victoria, and it’s how we are with our children” he continued.

“We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and we’re very affectionate with them.”

Backlash on Victoria’s Instagram…

And the Beckham family are surprisingly no strangers to this kind of social media backlash over photos of them with their children. In July, 2016, Victoria Beckham posted a similar picture to her Instagram account, in order to celebrate Harper’s birthday.

The photo showed the mother and daughter duo kissing on the lips alongside the caption “Happy Birthday Baby Girl, we all love you so much”.

Happy Birthday baby girl 🙏🏻💕 We all love you so much 💜💜💜 X @davidbeckham @brooklynbeckham kisses from mummy X

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And of course, the disgruntled social media fans were quick to comment to give their view on the snap, with one user saying, “I think it’s weird”.

But again, many Beckham fans were quick to defend Victoria, with lots of users saying that it was a simple expression of love and affection from a mother to a daughter on her special day. Twitter users even posted their own photos of them kissing their children, in support of the designer.

A psychologist’s view…

Psychologists themselves even appear to be confused on the issue, with some stating that kissing children on the lips is too sexual an activity. But others have maintained that there is nothing wrong with it.

In 2015, Dr Charlotte Reznick told The Sun how she believes that it’s bad for children, saying it could cause kids confusion. She said children may be lead towards the think – “If mommy kisses daddy on the mouth and vice versa, what does that mean, when I, a little girl or boy, kiss my parents on the mouth.”

Clinical psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack however told The Sun, “There is absolutely no way that kissing a young child on the lips is confusing for them in any way.

“That’s like saying breastfeeding is confusing. Some people might have issues with it, but it isn’t any more sexual than giving a baby a back rub.”

So what do you think? Do you agree with David and Victoria? Do you kiss your children on the lips? Let us know in the comments, or on the Woman’s Own Facebook page!