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World Cup 2018: Robbie Williams’ wife speaks out after he swears live at opening ceremony

WORLD CUP 2018 saw Robbie Williams sing a medley of his hits at the opening ceremony today, but he quickly sparked a shocked meltdown from viewers by making a rude gesture at the camera mid-performance. Now, his wife Ayda Field has spoken out about his set.

The 39-year-old Loose Women star took to her Instagram to upload a selfie of her with her husband Robbie and his father, just minutes after he took centre-stage at the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony.

Beaming a smile for the camera, she commented: “Post-show joy with @robbiewilliams and Pete… so proud of my hubby!! Boyhood fantasy complete #worldcup2018.”

Ayda’s selfie received a flood of comments from her 310,000 followers.

One user commented: “So proud of you Robbie #epic."

Another penned: “It‘s been absolutely great.”

Robbie, 44, sang a selection of his hits including Let Me Entertain You, Feel and Angels.

During the singer’s performance of his hit Rock DJ, viewers saw him stick his middle finger up to the camera.

Eagle-eyed viewers were quick to comment on the gesture on Twitter.

One user commented: “Who is the male singer, he gave the finger on world TV very vulgar.”

Another added: “Robbie Williams showed the middle finger while performing in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2018. Or did I hallucinate? Any idea folks?”


World Cup 2018: Robbie William's wife Ayda took a selfie with the singer and his dad Peter


World Cup 2018: Ayda beamed a smile alongside Robbie's mother Janet and a guest


World Cup 2018: Robbie Williams was accused of swearing by viewers

Express.co.uk has approached ITV for comment.

Ahead of Robbie’s performance, Ayda seemed in high spirits as she posed for a snap alongside Robbie’s mum Janet and a guest.

The American-Turkish native looked stylish in a smart long coat, which featured red and green detail.

She wore her sleek blonde tresses in a middle-parting and completed her look with oversized earrings.

Elsewhere, Robbie Williams’ appearance at the ceremony sparked confused amongst World Cup fans.

His set was dubbed a “Robbie Williams gig” and many quizzed as to why a Russian singer didn’t open the show instead.


World Cup 2018: Robbie Williams performed a medley of his greatest hits


World Cup 2018: Robbie Williams opened the ceremony in Russia


World Cup 2018: Robbie William’s wife Ayda has spoken out after his performance

One user penned: “This is the #WorldCup not a Robbie Williams gig, ain't it?”(sic)

Another added: “I still can’t get my head around the fact that the opening ceremony for the Russian World Cup is a Robbie Williams gig! #WorldCup2018 #WorldCup.”(sic)

Other viewers praised the former Take That star for his efforts.

A fan wrote: “Robbie tearing the house down.”(sic)

“Robbie Williams has already won it for me,” a second stated.