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Harry Styles reveals his childhood idol: 'He's a national treasure'

One Direction superstar Harry Styles has revealed that David Beckham was a huge influence on him growing up and he was lucky enough to meet the sportsman recently. 

Speaking to Britain's OK! magazine, the heartthrob explained that the footballer was a huge inspiration to him as a youngster: "I think he was everybody's idol when I was growing up."

"When people asked you that question, you almost needed a back-up answer because everyone would say, 'David Beckham!' We actually met once when we were performing in LA. He brought his kids to our concert. He's a really nice guy."

Styles went on to add that Beckham should really be knighted at some point in his career for everything he has achieved and given back: "I think he really deserves it... It makes sense because he's such a national treasure. To be honest, I already thought he was Sir David Beckham anyway!"






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