David Beckham Is Back
interview by Sari Anne Tuschman
photographs by Anthony Mandler
|Anthony six-button double-breasted peak-lapel wool suit ($1,595), dress shirt ($275) and silk tie ($135), Ralph Lauren Black Label. 444 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; ralphlauren.com. Pocket square, Giorgio Armani ($80). 436 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; armani.com|
In addition to playing soccer, you’ve done advertising campaigns for Emporio Armani, you’re launching an underwear line soon, and you’ve done plenty of photo shoots. How do you manage to do all that and still maintain credibility in the locker room?
DB: It becomes a joke. The Armani ads always get a laugh around the locker room. Soccer is the reason why I’m doing these other things outside the game. Without that, I wouldn’t have these things. But it’s not to say I don’t enjoy them; I enjoy doing certain shoots, but my number-one love is soccer, and when I’m playing that everyone knows that’s when I’m at my most comfortable. I’m confident playing the game, and that’s never going to change. Everything I do outside of the game will never affect what I do on the field.
There are rumors about you coaching Britain’s Olympic soccer team. Would that be something you would be interested in?
DB: Not really. I love soccer—it’s something I’ve done for many years, and hopefully, I will continue to do it for a few more years. But coaching—I love working with kids, I love coaching kids—but coaching a professional team is not really a passion of mine. It would be nice to be involved in the Olympics in some way because it’s in the East End of London, where I’m from; I was part of bringing it to our country, to London. So I would love some involvement, but I don’t think I’ll be coaching a team because it’s something that I’m not really passionate about.
Do you have any places in LA you particularly love to go? Any LA family traditions?
DB: There are so many things. That’s one thing we love about America, about living in LA: There are so many different things you can do. Before we came here, the boys loved playing soccer, and that was kind of it. But now they’re into baseball, basketball, skateboarding and American football.
Is that OK with you?
DB: I’m fine about that! I’m not worried. If they want to go into soccer, then great. If they don’t, if they want to be skateboarders, if they want to be American footballers, they can do what they want as long as they’ve got a passion. As long as they’ve got the drive in them that makes them want to do something like that, then I don’t care. But that’s what LA has given us as a family—the experience of so many different things.
Styling by Jeanne Yang for The Wall Group
Makeup by Sarah Lucero
Hair by Ken Paves of Ken Paves Salon
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.