David Beckham thinks his wife, Victoria Beckham, is "just as beautiful today" as when they first met.
The 38-year-old star is grateful the Spice Girl has kept her good looks from their first meeting in 1997 when she attended a Manchester United game, but the retired soccer star feared he’d blown his chance of dating the 39-year-old beauty because he was too shy to talk to her initially.
David ? who married Victoria in July 1999 ? said, "I was playing with Manchester United against Chelsea in London, and she came down with my manager. I was very shy so I introduced myself and left.
"I kind of was disappointed that I didn't talk to her a bit more, but then the next week she came back for another game, then it was my chance and I got her number.
"Victoria's still just as beautiful today; I'm not sure that's the case with me!"
The couple have gone on to have four children ? sons Brooklyn (14), Romeo (10) and Cruz (8), as well as 23-month-old daughter Harper ? and David says discovering Victoria was pregnant for the first time was the best moment of his life.
Speaking to French news channel TF1, he said, "Finding out that you're going to become a dad, it's the most amazing thing you can ever feel. Nothing gets better than that, to see something you've created as a couple."
David experienced a hat-trick of special moments discovering he was going to be a father, but admits finding out Victoria was expecting a daughter was a different prospect, and he’s so protective of Harper he joked she’ll be kept in a tower like fairytale princess Rapunzel so she can't meet boys.
He quipped, "Absolutely not. She's not going out. She's gonna be like Rapunzel; she's gonna be up in the tower!
"To have a daughter is a whole different thing; I'm not saying I love my daughter more, but the boys are independent and autonomous. But a little girl, she wants her daddy, she wants her brothers to notice her, she wants her mother to look after her; it's a whole different thing."