Lachlan Gillespie pens an emotional farewell to ex-wife Emma Watkins after her final performance 1

Lachlan Gillespie pens an emotional farewell to ex-wife Emma Watkins after her final performance

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Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie shared a tribute to his ex-wife Emma Watkins on Thursday, after her final performance with the children’s band as the Yellow Wiggle.

Lachy, 36, shared a photo of the pair on Instagram alongside a lengthy caption, following The Wiggles’ performance at Sydney’s Carols in the Domain.

He thanked Emma, 32, for giving him a ‘lifetime of memories’ and for ’12 years of friendship and fun’, and said she will always be in his heart.

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Emotional farewell: Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie shared a tribute to his ex-wife Emma Watkins on Thursday, after her final performance with the children's band as the Yellow Wiggle

Emotional farewell: Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie shared a tribute to his ex-wife Emma Watkins on Thursday, after her final performance with the children’s band as the Yellow Wiggle

‘Tonight while we watch Carols in the Domain, I will be taking a moment to celebrate and reflect on the wiggly wonder that is Emma,’ Lachy began. 

‘We met in 2009 and have made a lifetime of memories in what has been a jam-packed 12 years of friendship and fun’.

He added: ‘When I look over to Emma I am overcome with a wave of emotional happiness.

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'A lifetime of memories': Lachy, 36, shared a photo of the pair on Instagram alongside a lengthy caption, following The Wiggles' performance at Sydney 's Carols in the Domain

‘A lifetime of memories’: Lachy, 36, shared a photo of the pair on Instagram alongside a lengthy caption, following The Wiggles’ performance at Sydney ‘s Carols in the Domain

Reflecting: 'Tonight while we watch Carols in the Domain, I will be taking a moment to celebrate and reflect on the wiggly wonder that is Emma,' Lachy said

Reflecting: ‘Tonight while we watch Carols in the Domain, I will be taking a moment to celebrate and reflect on the wiggly wonder that is Emma,’ Lachy said 

‘For so many children and families all over the world, the girl with the bow in her hair will live on forever in their hearts, including mine.’

He concluded with a poem, which read in part: ‘For all that comes next you’ll thrive in all that you do. Emma Wiggle from Lobby and Lachy, a love-felt thank you.’

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After The Wiggles’ Carols in the Domain performance, Emma shared a photo of the group on Instagram and simply captioned it: ‘Thank you.’

Emma announced her exit from the band in October so she could devote more time to her other passions, including completing her PhD at Macquarie University.

She said the Covid-19 lockdowns had made her reassess her priorities and realise how much she missed being at home. 

Shock exit: Emma announced her exit from the band in October so she could devote more time to her other passions, including completing her PhD at Macquarie University

Shock exit: Emma announced her exit from the band in October so she could devote more time to her other passions, including completing her PhD at Macquarie University

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‘After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on,’ she said.

‘Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life.

‘For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn’t realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months.’  

Case of the ex: Emma was married to fellow band member Lachlan Gillespie, a.k.a. the Purple Wiggle, from 2016 to 2018

Case of the ex: Emma was married to fellow band member Lachlan Gillespie, a.k.a. the Purple Wiggle, from 2016 to 2018

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Emma is being replaced in 2022 by teenager Tsehay Hawkins, who joined the Wiggles family earlier this year for its ‘Fruit Salad TV’ YouTube series and has now been promoted to the main line-up.

At 16 years old, she is the band’s youngest-ever member. 

Emma was married to fellow band member Lachlan Gillespie, a.k.a. the Purple Wiggle, from 2016 to 2018.

Despite their break-up, the pair remained friends and continued to tour and record with The Wiggles, and even self-isolated together during the coronavirus pandemic.

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She is now engaged to Oliver Brian, a musician who works with The Wiggles.

Lachy meanwhile is now engaged to ballet dancer Dana Stephensen. 

Moving on: She is now engaged to Oliver Brian, a musician who works with The Wiggles. Lachy meanwhile is now engaged to ballet dancer Dana Stephensen

Moving on: She is now engaged to Oliver Brian, a musician who works with The Wiggles. Lachy meanwhile is now engaged to ballet dancer Dana Stephensen

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