David Beckham goes shirtless on Elle’s solo male cover
But despite shedding his clothes for the pictures, David Beckham has insisted he is a ‘shy’ man, and has never been interested in fame or money.
He said: ‘I never thought about the money, the fame – it never interested me and it doesn’t interest me now. None of that has ever excited me.
‘How would I sum myself up? I don’t know, I prefer other people to do that. Erm, a little bit shy. I don’t know what to say, I hate describing myself.’
David, who with wife Victoria is worth £165million, also spoke about his marriage, insisting that while he and Victoria have different interests, they always make time for one another.
The father-of-four said: ‘She comes home and shows me what she’s been doing all day and what exciting dresses and bags she’s got coming through. And then I say something boring like “I got kicked today.”
‘But we listen to each other. We try to go out at least once a week, just the two of us, a quiet dinner somewhere.
‘It’s not about wearing a nice dress or a nice suit. It’s just going out and chatting and having some time together.’
David displays his myriad of tattoos in the shoot for Elle, which sees him become the publication’s first solo male cover star.
The 37-year-old sportsman, clad in a simple grey t-shirt, scowls artfully as one hand comes to rest on his carefully coiffured hair.
While in another picture, Beckham shows off his finely-honed body and ‘six pack’ as he strides out of a pool – complete with soaking wet jeans.
The sportsman, who plays for LA Galaxy, declared last month that he was ‘honoured’ to have the ‘really exciting’ opportunity to be on the cover of July Elle.
Editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy said: ‘David Beckham is a national hero… He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover. This is a first for us on the newsstand and I believe he is loved by men and women alike.
‘Anyway, who doesn’t want to see a picture of one of the world’s most handsome men on the front cover of a magazine? It will be a collector’s issue.’
Beckham’s appearance had certainly got the staff at Elle hot under the collar as the front cover was heavily promoted.
The magazine put out a video clip of the sportsman’s cover shoot, with the words ‘Prepare Yourself’ emblazoned over his crotch.
In screenshots taken from the video, Beckham stood shirtless by a pool with a towel stretched behind him and playfully threw punches at the camera.
Beckham is well known for being stylish – but is as equally well known for his sartorial disasters.
He admitted earlier this year: ‘Me and Victoria wore matching black leather outfits once.
‘They were Versace. But that’s one when I look back and am like, “What were we thinking?”
‘We laugh about that one. I remember that it’s really good until you do it as a couple.
‘I look back on some stuff and think I can’t believe I actually wore that. I have no regrets, though – I knew at the time it was good.’
Describing his signature style, Beckham said earlier this year: ‘British gentleman. At my age, now, my style has gone that way; the way I dress, my hair.
‘I just think it’s a great look for a man. For me, the English gentleman look is a nice suit, nice tie, nice shoes – and I think long johns underneath.’
However, after a series of provocative photo shoots, he admitted: ‘My naked days are over.’
The full feature with David Beckham appears in the July issue of ELLE UK, on sale Wednesday 30th May