PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive admits he's a big softie at heart

By Elizabeth Leonard
Updated November 18, 2015 01:15 PM

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It may be the happiest place on earth, but for David Beckham, Disneyland tends to bring tears. Of joy, that is.

“Last night we were at Disney and I almost cried watching the fireworks,” PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive says of a recent family getaway with wife Victoria, 41, and their children, Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12, Cruz, 10, and Harper, 4.

“Victoria and I were there with the kids, and Harper sat on one knee and Romeo sat on my other knee and it was incredible. I got a lump in my throat, and they were like, ‘Daddy, are you okay?'”

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For Beckham, 40, it’s those special family moments that he holds most dear.

“My favorite part of the day is when all the kids are washed and bathed and we all sit watching the TV together with a cup of tea and the kids have hot chocolate,” he says in this week’s issue.

“Or the other night we all sat in front of the fire put outside and were just chatting together. I actually turned around to the kids and said, ‘Okay, this is Daddy’s favorite part of the holiday so far.’ ”

More evidence that he may just be the hottest softie around? His propensity to cry during movies ( Jerry Maguire gets him every time, he says).

“When you’re sitting there on a long-haul flight and you watch a movie and there’s an emotional scene, all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna cry!'”

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