David Beckham Reveals His "Biggest-Ever Regret" in New Interview

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David Beckham Reveals His "Biggest-Ever Regret" in New Interview

It doesn't have to do with his wife.

After releasing a preview earlier this week, David Beckham's tell-all interview with Australia's The Sunday Project is finally here.

In the interview, the 43-year-old soccer star opened up to journalist Lisa Wilkinson about his biggest regret. It turns out that Beckham is still embarrassed about a specific time when he met with a world leader, reports Daily Mail. While laughing, Beckham said he regretted the hairstyle he wore when he met with former South African president Nelson Mandela in 2003.

"There was also one photo I have of meeting Nelson Mandela with cornrows," Beckham recalled. "There I was with one of the greatest and inspirational men, and I've got cornrows!"

The hairstyle famously ignited conversation after Mandela, who passed away in 2013, was asked by journalists about his opinion of the look. "Well, I am too old to express an opinion on the latest developments by young people," Mandela replied.

South African 2010 World Cup Bid

England captain David Beckham poses with former South African president Nelson Mandela on May 21, 2003, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Getty Images.
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South African 2010 World Cup Bid

England captain David Beckham poses with former South African president Nelson Mandela on May 21, 2003, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Getty Images.
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Beckham also touched on his marriage to Victoria Beckham in the interview, saying, "I think marriage is always about hard work."

He added, "You make it work, you make difficult situations...er, like traveling away, being away from each other, you make it work."

The soccer star then spoke about how the couple raised their children. "You know your children, they want your time, and they deserve your time, and we are hardworking, and we feel that is the right way to bring up our children. To prove and to show them that actually you have to work really hard to be successful."

Beckham also discussed their recent British Vogue cover shoot, praising Victoria for her career as a mother and designer. "The amount she's achieved in such a short space of time...four beautiful young children, you know, we have a beautiful dog," he said. "But obviously in her business world, to be on the front cover of Vogue was a huge thing."

David and Victoria Beckham began dating in 1997 and wed in Ireland in 1999. The couple have four children together: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper. The couple have spent years defending their marriage against rumors that they are on the edge of divorce. We may never know the truth about David and Victoria's marriage, but at least we know can count on them to be honest about the family's hairstyles.

A History of the World Cup in 14 Bad Haircuts

Brazil's Ronaldo, 2002

Apparently, Ronaldo now claims that this haircut was a tactical distraction from his leg injury during the 2002 World Cup. We think this is his tactical distraction from the worst haircut of all time.
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Italy's Roberto Baggio, 1994

It's hard to say what Baggio will be more remembered for, his missed penalty to lose the 1994 World Cup or this rattail.
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USA's Brek Shea, 2009 (U20 World Cup)

No horses were harmed in the making of this hair cut.
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Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio, 2014

I don't know much about Rodrigo Palacio of Argentina. But I know I don't like whatever this is.
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Portugal's Nani, 2014

Yes, thanks, we know. It's also on the back of your jersey.
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Ghana's Asamoah Gyan, 2014

[Copy/paste.]
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France's Paul Pogba, 2014

Usually, the convention is the better you are at soccer the more crazy your hair is allowed to be. Pogba is really good—but is he this good?
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Brazil's Neymar, 2014

There's a long history of frosted tips and botched dye jobs among soccer players, from which Neymar is not immune.
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Argentina's Lionel Messi, 2006

Who knew Jonathan Taylor Thomas was this good at soccer?
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Belgium's Marouane Fellaini, 2014

“What should I do if they pull me by the hair? It sounds like a joke, but it really hurts," Fellaini once said. So it's real!
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England's Chris Waddle, 1990

The infinity pool of hairstyles.
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Ivory Coast's Gervinho, 2010

This is what is known in math circles as an asymptote.
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England's David Beckham, 2002

Patient zero of the faux hawk epidemic.
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Italy's Mario Balotelli, 2014

It's still a worldwide issue.
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