David Beckham, 'Patron Saint of Swagger,' Gets Two April Covers for 'GQ'

Somehow, it's the first time he's fronted the American menswear bible.
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Somehow, it's the first time he's fronted the American menswear bible.
David Beckham on 'GQ,' April 2016. Photo: Alasdair McLellan/'GQ'

David Beckham on 'GQ,' April 2016. Photo: Alasdair McLellan/'GQ'

David Beckham, retired soccer adonis and professional hot dad, is the cover star of GQ's April 2016 issue, which serves as the magazine's fifth annual Style Bible. Isn't this not that big of a deal, you might ask as you lie in repose staring at his five covers of British GQ's March 2016 book, which you conveniently have framed over your fireplace? On the contrary: This is the first time Beckham, 40, has fronted the American menswear bible — and they gave him two covers, both photographed by Alasdair McLellan, for the occasion. (Side note: GQ, how did it take you this long?)

Inside the issue, Beckham "gives a revealing, deeply personal interview" on the topic of his wife, Victoria, and their four children, all of whom have become style stars in their own right. He says such heart-wrenching quotes as: "I get physically ill when I have to leave the kids now." Along with the gushy stuff, there appears to be plenty of style talk, and for good reason, seeing as GQ deemed him the "Patron Saint of Swagger" in the magazine's cover lines. In that Tom Ford leather jacket, above, and Dolce & Gabbana suit, below, we have no choice but to agree with that descriptor. 

GQ will drop its full cover story on Thursday, Mar. 17, but in the meantime, you can check out every look from Beckham's shoot, right here

David Beckham on 'GQ,' April 2016. Photo: Alasdair McLellan/'GQ'

David Beckham on 'GQ,' April 2016. Photo: Alasdair McLellan/'GQ'