Beckham back in skimpy bodywear ads for H&M

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: February 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013
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photo - This October 2012 photo released by H & M shows soccer star David Beckham, right, on the set of his newest ad campaign for his bodywear collection in Los Angeles. The ad is more like a film short, directed by Guy Ritchie. Beckham stars as an action hero, saving the day in Los Angeles in his boxer briefs and bedroom slippers.  (AP Photo/H&M)
This October 2012 photo released by H & M shows soccer star David Beckham, right, on the set of his newest ad campaign for his bodywear collection in Los Angeles. The ad is more like a film short, directed by Guy Ritchie. Beckham stars as an action hero, saving the day in Los Angeles in his boxer briefs and bedroom slippers. (AP Photo/H&M)

AP: What changes have you made to the collection?

Beckham: When we launched the collection, we wanted it to be a range of new classics that men could rely on. We spent 18 months developing the range and working on the product, focusing on fit, comfort and the design details that make for a great piece of bodywear. The core range stays exactly the same, and we add to it only when we feel there's a need for a new piece, like the lounge jerseys and long johns or the morning gown that we added last year. This is a long-term collection, and I'm proud to put my name to it.

AP: With one of your three sons modeling for Burberry (10-year-old Romeo) and at least one seemingly interested in soccer (13-year-old Brooklyn reportedly had a tryout with London club Chelsea), would you encourage them to follow in your footsteps?

Beckham: Like any parent, I just want the best for my kids, whatever they decide to do. They will choose what path they want to follow, and we will always be there to encourage them.

AP: What's the biggest challenge in sticking to your fitness routine?

Beckham: Keeping fit is really important as playing football is all I've ever wanted to do. I'm training a lot at the moment so fitness is an integral part of my day. I think I'd find it more of a challenge if I wasn't able to keep in shape!

AP: New York Fashion Week starts Thursday, and you are often at your wife's shows. (His wife, Victoria, is a former Spice Girl turned fashion designer.) What's it like for you in the front row?

Beckham: Victoria works so hard on her collections, it's just nice to be able to go to the shows and see all that hard work come to life. I'm really proud of her, she gets nervous but it's always a great success.