It’s hard to watch your children grow up and leave the nest, even if you’re a celebrity and have the ability and funds to pop in for a visit whenever you like.
Victoria Beckham has posted a tearful selfie to commemorate the achievements of her son, Brooklyn, in his last year of school.
“We are all so proud of you Brooklyn. Amazing A level results and off to college. We love you so much and will miss you,” [sic] the former Spice Girl captioned the photo.
Victoria also used a hashtag to confirm that those are indeed tear tracks you can see in the dark picture, in which she’s sitting cuddled up in a chair with her son.
While Brooklyn looks similarly emotional in his mother’s photo, he’s kept quiet about the difficult time on his own Instagram. The eldest of the Beckham brood, now aged 18, is reportedly heading off to study photography in New York, further increasing the separation anxiety that his mother is feeling.
The Beckhams recently received confirmation that their plans for a barn conversion in the Cotswolds have been approved, meaning it’ll take an international trip to reunite them with their son during his college years.
Brooklyn has already published his first photography book, What I See, which tells the story of his life in a series of snapshots.
Fans were quick to sympathise with Victoria in her Instagram comments, with many recalling how hard it was to watch their own children leave home and embrace a new part of their life.
“I have twin boys aged 19,” one person commented. “So hard waiting for [their] turn to head off on their next adventure and reach another milestone.”
“Breaks your heart when your child leaves home even though you want them to get on in life,” another wrote.
“You may be famous and rich, but in the end you are just good parents,” one comment read.