Hugh Jackman got told off by security for going too close to the Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center.

The Wolverine actor, 55, who recently announced his separation from his wife, broke the rule during a festive outing in the city over the holidays when he went to see the huge tree on the morning of Dec. 25.

He told fans in an Instagram post alongside a series of images of him visiting the Christmas landmark: “I highly recommend getting up really early on Christmas morning and taking a walk to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

“It’s so beautiful and not crowded at all. I did get in trouble for going beyond the barrier but the security guard was nice and let me go with just a warning.”

Fans flooded the comments section of his post with remarks including: “Does the security guard not know you are Wolverine?”

This year marked Hugh’s first Christmas for years as a single man following his split from his 68-year-old actress wife Deborra-lee Furness.

His jokey Christmas post was a change from a recent post that sparked concern among fans after the actor shared pictures of himself appearing dejected.

Hugh and Deborra-lee shocked fans when they announced they were divorcing in September as their marriage was thought to be one of the most solid in Hollywood.

The couple announced their breakup in a statement to People that said: “We have been blessed to share almost three decades together in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.

“Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness.

“We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition.”

The couple have two children. They were together for decades after having tied the knot in 1996 after crossing paths on set of the 1995 TV mini-series Correlli the year before.

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