Singer turns heads with ges­ture

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MOSCOW — Bri­tish singer Rob­bie Wil­liams had so­cial me­dia aflut­ter Thurs­day when he flipped off a global TV au­di­ence in the open­ing cer­e­mony of the World Cup.

The 44-year-old Wil­liams showed the world the fin­ger dur­ing his final song Rock DJ as he prowled down the side­line of Luzh­niki Sta­dium be­fore the open­ing match be­tween host Rus­sia and Saudi Ara­bia.

Wil­liams changed the lyrics be­fore the ex­tend­ing his mid­dle fin­ger to the cam­era di­rectly in front of him.

The song usu­ally goes: “Pimpin’ ain’t easy. Most of them fleece me ev­ery night.” In­stead he sang “Pimpin’ ain’t easy. Most of them fleece me but I’m do­ing this for free.”

He raised his eye­brows and then raised the fin­ger with a wry ex­pres­sion as dancers gy­rated be­hind him.

“Rob­bie Wil­liams just flipped off the cam­era on the most watched event in the world,” tweeted one ob­server.

But Wil­liams seemed in good spir­its as he ended the song, say­ing “Have a great World Cup ev­ery­body.”

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