David Beckham has reportedly ended months of speculation that his wife Victoria is pregnant, by claiming that the rumour was sparked after he misunderstood a TV journalist.
When Beckham - who has lived in Madrid for three years - was asked by a Spanish television journalist whether it was true he was to be a father again, he smiled broadly and replied 'Yes' without hesitation.
The Real Madrid midfielder was confronted by a group of fans and reporters as he drove away alone from his club's training ground following a practice session near the Spanish capital.
As he signed autographs for fans from his grey Audi, the journalist said to him in Spanish: "Beckham. Enhorabuena! Es verdad que vas a ser padre?' Which translates exactly as: 'Beckham, congratulations. Is it true that you're going to be a father?'
Beckham smiled broadly as he contemplated the question and answered 'Si' - the Spanish word for 'Yes'.
The journalist continued the line of questioning, asking if he was happy about the news, to which he again replied 'Si'.
He was then asked how he was, to which he replied the Spanish for 'Very well', and then asked how Victoria was, to which he answered - again in Spanish - 'Good, thanks'.
The questioner then appeared to over-step the mark when he asked; 'Would you prefer a boy of a girl?'
Beckham, clearly understanding the question, smiled but kept his lips sealed, and continued to sign autographs.
The exchange looked to be the strongest confirmation possible that the couple were in fact expecting again.
However the couple's aides scrambled swiftly into action claiming that despite David's apparent understanding of the questions and the word-perfect answers he gave, he had in fact completely misunderstood the questions.
One of Beckham's camp said: 'They asked him a question which in his mind went something along the lines of "how are Victoria and the new baby". By which he took to mean their youngest child. It was a complete misunderstanding. She is not pregnant.'