Turns out Mariah Carey isn’t the only one dealing with a bit of New Year’s Eve controversy. While American audiences were caught up in the pop singer’s technical difficulties, and eventual beefing with producers of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, those in England were busy wondering why Robbie Williams finds common people rather gross.

Williams was performing at Westminster’s Central Hall in London as part of Robbie Rocks Big Ben Live for your usual New Year’s Eve concert festivities. At one point during a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”, the former Take That voice was seen holding hands with several people in the crowd and exchanging high-fives with others.

As he returned to the stage, the NME reports, cameras caught Williams grabbing a bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel and disgustedly washing away any perceived germs.

The incident caused a bit of backlash on Twitter, and Williams has since responded with his own word on Instagram. And he’s not backing down.

He writes: “Wiping the slate clean for 2017 @robbiewilliams #instafun #instagood #cleanslate #familyfunday.”

And early lesson for 2017: Cleanliness.

Regram from @aydafieldwilliams Wiping the slate clean for 2017 #instafun #instagood #cleanslate #familyfunday

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