Soccer hunk David Beckham has retaliated against critics who mock his style - insisting he has always had a bizarre taste in clothes.

The Real Madrid ace has defended his unique style and confesses that his father voiced concerns about his clothing at an early age.

And Beckham - who is often accused of allowing wife VICTORIA to dress him - says the choice of what he wears is always his.

The 29-year-old says, "I've always dressed different. Even when I was six-years-old. I was a page boy at a wedding, and the outfit I wanted to wear was knickerbockers, knee-length socks, frilly skirt and ballet shoes.

"My dad said to me, 'You do realise that people will laugh at you?' but I said, 'I don't care - I like it'. That's the way I've been my whole life."

02/06/2004 13:10