Some people were taken aback by Tom Brady’s adorable poolside photos of him and his teen son Benjamin.
According to People, the NFL star, 45, documented a pool outing with the 13-year-old on his Instagram Story on Friday.
One of the photos shared by the seven-time Super Bowl champion showed him kissing his son on the back of his head while the teenager smiled at the camera. The second image showed Benjamin sitting on his father’s lap, his legs stretched out on top of Brady’s as they relaxed by the water.
With a heart emoji, Brady captioned the images:
“Love this boy.”
Twitter users, however, had mixed reactions to the father and son’s photos, with some calling them inappropriate.
One Twitter user wrote:
“As an active father, there are certain games we don’t play. There should be no reason his grown a– son should be sitting in between his legs, and he’s kissing him on the back of his neck. As if his wife doing witchcraft before his games isn’t weird enough.”
Another user described the photos as “kinda weird,” while a third stated:
“I really don’t like this.”
“If he was 5, I’d understand. This just awkward though.”
Many others, however, defended Brady, claiming that such affectionate gestures between parents and their children are normal.
One person tweeted:
“Our world is weird, that’s a father who loves his son.”
A different user commented:
“What makes this so strange? It’s HIS kid. Different families show different types of affection towards their children. Nothing really ‘strange’ about a father showing love to his own son.”
“Because different families show many ways of affection, it’s fine that you might not understand that because the way you grew up was different but to judge someone else about how they and their families get along is ludicrous.”
A fourth person said:
“The only weird thing is you guys sexualizing this and making it more than it is. Y’all creepy.”
Brady celebrated Christmas late with his three children: Benjamin, Vivian, 10, and Jack, 15. He has two younger children with ex-wife Gisele Bundchen and Jack with ex-wife Bridget Moynahan.
Brady had a game in Arizona, so Benjamin and Vivian spent Christmas with their mother in Brazil.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback posted photos on social media to show fans how he and his teammates celebrated the holiday.
His first post was a drawing titled “Benny’s Self Portrait,” in which Vivian, Benjamin, and Jack were dressed as anime characters. The second post was the “real thing,” with Vivian posing with her two brothers in front of a Christmas tree.
Brady celebrated his first Christmas and New Year’s Eve since his divorce from Bundchen. The footballer and the Brazilian supermodel divorced on Oct. 28 after months of speculation that they were having marital problems due to his decision to resign from the NFL.