David Beckham isn't going to let trolls (or Piers Morgan) stop him kissing daughter Harper on the lips

David Beckham isn't going to let trolls or Piers Morgan stop him kissing daughter Harper on the lips [Photo: Getty]

If David Beckham wants to kiss his daughter, Harper on the lips, he's going to do it and he doesn't care what the trolls or Piers Morgan have to say about it.

Despite coming in for a lot of flak for pecking seven-year-old Harper on the lips previously, the former footballer is continuing to prove the criticism isn't going to stop him showing his daughter affection in whichever way he chooses.

Most recently, the 44-year-old was seen kissing Harper as they cheered on the Lionesses' quarter final match against Norway.

The daddy-daughter duo were there to watch as England won 3-0 to reach the semi-final of the Women's World Cup, and photographers were there to capture the moment the dad-of-four sweetly pecked little Harper on the lips.

The daddy-daughter duo were cheering on the England Women's football team [Photo: Getty]

It isn't the first time David has shown defiance in the face of the parenting police. He previously hit back at trolls by kissing Harper in a cute Instagram video, but this prompted Piers Morgan to rant about the gesture on 'Good Morning Britain."

Speaking on 'Good Morning Britain' last month, Piers said: "It's very sweet...[But] why would a father kiss his daughter on the lips? Don't get it – creepy. Weird."

"Then you post that for the world – you posted that for the world, why?" he added.

While co-presenter Susanna Reid didn't agree that David's display of affection to his daughter was weird, she did say she thought it was inappropriate for it to be shared online.

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It isn't the first time David Beckham has caused a buzz for sharing an image of him kissing his daughter on the lips.

Back in 2017 he shared an Instagram post of him pecking Harper on the lips at an ice skating rink.

The picture garnered 1.4 million likes – but some of David's 52.2 million followers weren't fans of the loving gesture, including Piers Morgan, who once again described the gesture as "weird".

But the dad-of-four was quick to fire back to explain that he is "affectionate" with all his kids.

"I kiss all my kids on the lips," he said in a Facebook Live in 2017.

"Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn's 18, he might find that a little bit strange," he continued.

"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.

"We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and you know, we're very affectionate with them," he added.

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David clearly sees nothing wrong with kissing his young daughter on the lips, and has previously posted pictures of himself doing so.

He's also not the only celebrity parent who proudly posts pictures kissing their children.

David's wife Victoria Beckham had previously come under fire for sharing an image of her also kissing Harper on the lips.

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LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Millie Bright of England Women, Mary Earps of England Women during the World Cup Women match between Norway v England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Steph Houghton of England Women, Karen Bardsley of England Women during the World Cup Women match between Norway v England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Head coach Phil Neville of England reacts after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between W37 and W39 at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ian Wright during the World Cup Women match between Norway v England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ellen White, goalkeeper of England Karen Bardsley and captain Steph Houghton salute the supporters following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ellen White, goalkeeper of England Karen Bardsley and captain Steph Houghton salute the supporters following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Maren Mjelde of Norway, Beth Mead of England during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Ellen White of England (right) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) scores her goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England (H) scores her goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Lucy Bronze of England celebrates her goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Coach of England Phil Neville celebrates with his players the victory following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Jill Scott of England (#8) celebrates her goal with teammates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham filming daughter Harper Seven Beckham and his mother Sandra Georgina West doing the mexican wave (ola) during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: David Beckham kissing daughter Harper Seven Beckham while Beckham's mother Sandra Georgina West looks on following the national anthems prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Hilary Duff was also forced to defend herself after sharing an image of her kissing her son, then four on the lips.

And Kourtney Kardashian received a backlash for posting a picture of her kissing her son Reign.

Kissing children on the lips remains a divisive issue, with some parents all for the loving gesture and others warning of the dangers of passing on the herpes virus, which can be harmful to babies.

But as one study which links parental affection with higher self worth in later life proves, it is important for a child to feel loved, no matter what form that affection takes.

What do you think? Should parents kiss their children on the lips?

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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