David Beckham will reportedly be skipped over for a knighthood this year - but the former footballer says he is a dad first anyway.
Beckham - who is father to sons Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 11, Cruz, eight, and two-year-old daughter Harper - was widely believed to have been up for the prestigious accolade as part of the New Year's Honours for his contribution to the sport, however just days before Tuesday's ceremony reports have emerged the favourite will be snubbed from this year's list.
Despite playing a key role to help London secure the Olympic Games for 2012, The Mail on Sunday is reporting Beckham will no longer be honoured due to in-fighting among officials associated with the awards.
When the possibly of him being made a knight was first suggested, the 38-year-old said he waved off the speculation.
"I've heard a few of these rumours as well, but I'm not paying them too much attention," he told Britain's OK! magazine.
"I'm so busy with my kids - I'm just a dad.
"I take them to school, pick them up, take them to football and ballet classes. That's my typical day.
"We'll see what happens with the knighthood but I'm proud of what I've already achieved."
Beckham said his four children with wife Victoria were his greatest accomplishment.
"My children without doubt are what I'm most proud of. It's as simple as that," he said.
"They are by far the biggest achievements in my life. They're beautiful, they're healthy and they're good kids too.
"I just want them to be happy, driven and dedicated to whatever they choose to do. As long as they can tick all of those boxes, they can choose to go into whatever they want."