David Beckham said he had mixed feelings when his son Romeo told him he no longer wanted to play football.
The sport star said his 13-year-old, who models clothes for fashion giant Burberry, has other passions in life.
Beckham also spoke about his eldest son Brooklyn, saying "photography is his passion" - a pursuit evident on the 16-year-old's Instagram account which has more than five million followers.
The former Manchester United player told the Radio Times Christmas issue: "The other day Romeo turned round to me and said he didn't want to play football any more. Part of me was devastated but part of me was relieved, too."
He added: "He's got other passions and I like that."
Beckham, 40, has two other children - 10-year-old Cruz and four-year-old Harper - with wife Victoria.