David Beckham has revealed that his beard had to go because wife Victoria imposed a kissing ban while he had facial hair.

The former footballer appeared as James Corden’s guest on The Late Late Show and explained why he had been looking more clean shaven recently.

He said: “I was in Miami and Victoria actually saw the picture and was like, ‘There’s no way I’m kissing you unless you shave that off’.

“I left it for a day, and I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to have to do it’.”

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham (Joel Ryan/Invision)

But he added that his children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper had been fans: “The kids loved it actually, my little girl would just sit there and mess around with it. That was the end of it.”

Speaking more about his kids, he embarrassed 16-year-old Brooklyn who was sitting in the audience by talking about how he had crashed the teen’s plans for romance one Valentine’s Day.

He said: “It was when he was about 14-and-a-half, it was Valentine’s Day, and he was like, ‘I would love to take this girl for dinner’.

Brooklyn Beckham
Brooklyn Beckham had to be chaperoned on his first date (Chris Pizzello/Invision)

“I was like, ‘Great, OK’, and Victoria was like, ‘Really?’ She said, ‘OK, make sure you take him and then make sure you sit in the restaurant’. I sat about five tables away.

“By the way, my daughter is four years old and when she gets to that age, I will be closer than that.”

David also continued that he’d made Brooklyn get a job: “You know what kids are like, they want new sneakers, they want new soccer boots and it came to the point where he turned 14, and I thought, ‘Well, if you want something then you’ve got to work and you’ve got your own money’.

“I got to the stage where I was like, ‘If you want to buy some new stuff, some new boots or trainers and you’re working for them, then you can afford them yourself’.

David, Victoria, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham with sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz (Yui Mok/PA)

“So, much to his dismay, we packed him off and he works there every Saturday and Sunday for a few hours. He’s 16 now and I heard him talking to his smaller brother the other day, asking him if he would take his job.”

Becks, who used to live in Los Angeles when he played for LA Galaxy, ruled out a move back to the US, but said: “I love London, but as a family, we miss LA every single day because it was so great to us for so many years. We were here for six years, we got treated unbelievably well as a family and also in my profession so it was amazing to be here.

“And we come back every time the children are on holiday. They’re off school for three-and-a-half weeks, I mean I can’t remember getting that time off – how things change.”

David and Harper Beckham with Anna Wintour
David Beckham with daughter Harper (Jason DeCrow/AP)

Talking about missing playing football professionally, he added: “It was two years ago, I do miss it. To be honest I knew it was the time, I was 38 years old and I felt that I had achieved everything I wanted to achieve and I wanted to actually spend the time watching my boys, because my boys all play.

“My time is spent with them, and my little girl does ballet so my time is taken up by them now. They would see their dad go away for so many years and now I’m around.”

David and show host James also mocked up a moody-looking underwear advert for the episode.