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Victoria Beckham: Dyslexia doesn't run in our family, it gallops

“All three boys used to have contracts with Arsenal,” Mrs Beckham said. “They were going to be footballers so they were signed at a very young age. And they were all really good.

“Brooklyn was the first to say that he didn’t want to play any more. And then Romeo decided he didn’t want to do it either.

“I remember Romeo sitting in the bath getting really upset, saying ‘I don’t want to let daddy down’.

"So I told him daddy just wants you to be happy. And now he’s playing tennis. Every day.”

In May last year, David Beckham said on television: ‘Harper is playing [football] every Sunday and loves it. The boys don’t play and it’s heartbreaking.

“They have a talent but it’s down to Harper now. I get very enthusiastic when watching her.”

Victoria Beckham has disclosed she is a “self-diagnosed dyslexic”, saying the condition “doesn’t run in our family, it gallops”.

Mrs Beckham, the former Spice Girl and a fashion designer, spoke of her pride at building a brand that is not a “vanity project”, as she shared details of life in one of Britain’s most famous families.

In an interview with the Financial Times, she said her three sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz each used to have football contracts with Arsenal because of their talent, but had given up despite fearing they would let their father, the former England footballer David Beckham, down.

Asked whether she was ambitious for her children, three sons and daughter Harper, Mrs Beckham disclosed: “Dyslexia doesn’t run in our family, it gallops.”

Brooklyn, 20, wants to be a photographer, the newspaper reported, while 16-year-old Romeo is training to be a professional tennis player, 14-year-old Cruz is a performer, and Harper, seven, is “a real little tomboy”.

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