David Beckham has hit back at critics who have been accusing him and his wife Victoria of ‘pimping out’ their 11 year old son Cruz by allowing him to launch a singing career, denying that they were exploiting him.

The 41 year old English soccer icon appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ on Monday (December 12th), and said the controversy around his son’s singing career was totally overblown and that the single was only a one-off, done because Cruz “wanted to give back” to charity.

David BeckhamDavid Beckham defended the Christmas single released by his son Cruz (middle)

“The amazing thing about this, we only realised Cruz has a cute little voice about nine months ago,” Beckham said about his son’s song ‘If Every Day Was Christmas’. All the proceeds from the track will be donated to a charity for disadvantaged children.

Beckham had originally appeared on the programme to discuss his current campaign surrounding the 70th anniversary of the children’s charity UNICEF, but was grilled by the hosts about his son after British journalist Piers Morgan accused him and his wife last week of trying to “exploit their family for commercial gain” after it came out that Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber’s manager, no less) had signed Cruz.

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“Scooter has been a family friend for a while, so he said to bring him in, see if he enjoys it,” David said about the arrangement.

“For us, we always want in our children, we always hope they're listening to us or pay attention to us as parents, so we do a lot of work for charity for obviously UNICEF and my wife does for the UN. And Cruz came to us and said ‘How about I do a Christmas song for charity? And all the proceeds go to charity. There’s nothing more to this than that at the moment.”

“He's 11-years-old, he's still at school, he’s concentrating at school that’s the most important thing but he wanted to give back and he’s done this amazing little Christmas song that’s got a lot of attention,” he continued.

“And you know we are very proud of it. He came to us with the idea. It's kind of cool but he's having fun.”

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