"I Can’t Help How I Was Born": Brooklyn Peltz Beckham's Take On The Nepo Baby Discourse Is Here

Brooklyn Peltz Beckham spoke about nepotism and his careers.

Brooklyn Beckham wearing a long-sleeved shirt, cap, and gold chain at a Marriott Bonvoy event
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The son of David and Victoria Beckham was a part of the Arsenal Football Club Academy but left when he was 15, with reports stating that he did not receive a youth contract with the club.

David Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham in UNICEF soccer jerseys, standing together on a soccer field during a match event

He subsequently began a spell as a photographer, shooting a Burberry campaign when he was just 16. His photography book, What I See, was released to ample criticism in 2017.

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Samir Hussein / WireImage

“I always wanted to go the football route. I played for a long time. I loved it so much. I just didn’t have the right head for it,” said in a new interview with InStyle. “When you’re growing up, especially with the dad that I had, everyone’s like, ‘Oh, the oldest son’s going to be a footballer.’ And I loved it. I really, really, really did, and I miss it so much.”

David Beckham, in a Real Madrid jersey, poses with his three children who are also in Real Madrid jerseys, on a football field
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"I did football — that didn’t work out. Then I went into photography. I had a lot of fun with that for a few years. And then, what else did I do? I’ve always done a bit of modeling,” he continued.

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David M. Benett / Getty Images for Burberry

However, his parents did not pressure him to go down any specific career route. "They didn’t care what I did or what I wanted to do. But, they were just like, ‘As long as you’re nice, you’re humble, and you work hard and you put your head down, that’s the most important thing,’” he continued.

Brooklyn Beckham, Victoria Beckham, and David Beckham in stylish, semi-formal outfits standing together in front of a decorative backdrop with red roses
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This year, with Whole Foods, Brooklyn will be releasing product "in the food space" under the brand Cloud23. “It’s been a passion project of mine for the last two-and-a-half years, something I’ve literally put everything into,” he explained, keeping the details purposefully vague.

Brooklyn Beckham on the red carpet wearing a sleek, light suit, surrounded by photographers

Adding that he'd "never worked so hard on anything" before, he called the products "something that hasn’t been done before." Of getting the company started, he recalled, “I had to find a distributor … finding a CEO is very difficult, especially for a startup. The first year was just me — I put a lot of money to start it on my own and then, maybe under a year ago, got investors."

Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz pose outdoors, both dressed in casual black outfits. Brooklyn wears a jacket and pants, Nicola wears a dress, holding a clutch
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Brooklyn said that he's "come to terms" with the fact that some will criticize everything he does, adding, "Obviously, I’ve been so fortunate to get these opportunities where [my last name] does help."

Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Nicola Peltz Beckham, and David Beckham pose playfully in front of a Victoria Beckham sign
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"I mean, I can’t help how I was born,” he further said of his nepo baby title. “I couldn’t ask for better parents and I’m just trying to work my ass off and trying to make a name for myself. That’s all I can say, really.”

Brooklyn Beckham at the Global Citizen Prize event, wearing a dark suit and posing in front of a backdrop featuring logos of Cisco, Citi, and the event name
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You can read the full InStyle interview here.