Lip Service: Celebrities Who Have Clapped Back About Kissing Their Children on the Mouth

David Beckham, Gabrielle Union and more have made it clear that they aren't losing sleep over unsolicited criticism about how they show their kids affection

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David Beckham

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As Christmas approaches, David Beckham posted a picture of himself kissing 8-year-old daughter Harper Seven on the lips while they got into the holiday spirit in London. The retired soccer star has shared similar photos featuring the affectionate gesture several times in the past.

Although he hasn't yet publicly responded to backlash over some of the most recent photos, according to U.K. outlet The Independent, the father of four said during a 2017 discussion on Facebook Live that "I kiss all my kids on the lips" and he was raised to be "very affectionate."

"Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn's 18, he might find that a little bit strange," Beckham added. "But I'm very affectionate with the kids. It's how I was brought up and [wife Victoria Beckham], and it's how we are with our children."

"We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them and support them, and we're very affectionate with them," he explained.

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Gabrielle Union

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After eight or nine miscarriages and years of infertility struggles, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcomed their first child together, daughter Kaavia James, via surrogate on Nov. 7, 2018.

One month later, the new mom shared a video of herself planting sweet smooches on the baby girl's lips. And while the video left most fans with baby fever, others warned her against the dangers of kissing a newborn on the mouth.

Union later responded, writing, "I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing, I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work. Kaav is healthy and I don't even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her."

"If you think I waited this long and went thru [sic] all this to put my baby in harm's way … you got another thing coming," the actress concluded.

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Tom Brady

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After a documentary called Tom vs. Time aired in 2018, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received a slew of negative feedback after he was shown kissing his son John "Jack" Edward Thomas, then 10, on the lips.

A source told PEOPLE at the time of the controversy surrounding the clip, "They are just loving, super affectionate people."

"It's so sad that the kiss is 'a thing' because they are such good parents," the insider added of Brady and wife Gisele Bündchen.

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Hilary Duff

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In August 2018, new mother of two Hilary Duff opened up to InStyle about a December 2016 photo of herself and son Luca Cruz, now 7, sharing a kiss at Disneyland.

The Younger actress said of her only child with ex Mike Comrie, "First of all, he was 3. Kiss your kids, and anyone who doesn't like it can hit unfollow. Not interested in what you have to say."

"People can be like, 'Oh you're holding that child? He's 6.' Yeah I swing him over my head, when his legs are tired I hold him — it's a little hard right now — but yeah, I give piggyback rides," a then-pregnant Duff continued. "People just have all these crazy judgments, and I think it's best to not listen and laugh it off."

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Jessica Alba

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People are all about puppy love, so Jessica Alba just can't understand why parents would shy away from smooches with their children.

In the April 2014 issue of Redbook, the then-mom of two (she later welcomed son Hayes Alba in January 2018) admitted she sees nothing wrong with kissing her daughters Haven Garner, now 8, and Honor Marie, now 11, on the mouth — and can't believe others might find it unusual.

"Really?! Why?! It's your baby. People allow dogs to lick at their mouths," said the actress and Honest co-founder.

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