'Painful' reason Emma Watkins leaving The Wiggles: 'Difficult to move on'

Emma Watkins will be saying goodbye to The Wiggles at the end of this year, after the performer announced she would be handing over the famous yellow skivvy to Tsehay Hawkins, one of the four new cast members who recently joined the band.

Emma said she wanted to devote more time and energy to her other passions and complete her PhD, but according to Woman's Day magazine some 'insiders' believe she is leaving because she "simply outgrew the band" and continuing to work with her ex husband was "painful".

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Emma Wiggle is leaving the band. Photo: The Wiggles

"This clean break also gives her an opportunity to build her own brand, separate to the Wiggles," an 'insider' reportedly told the publication.

The source claimed it would help Emma put some more distance between herself and her ex - fellow Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie, after their relationship and subsequent split made headlines August 2018.


"She and Lachy do have a great relationship for exes, but it's difficult to completely move on when you're spending so much time with your ex," the source claimed.

"She's genuinely thrilled he found someone else and became a dad, but naturally it's also a bit painful."

Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie of The Wiggles perform
Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie of The Wiggles perform on stage. Photo: Getty

When asked for comment, a Wiggles spokesperson told Yahoo Lifestyle they wouldn’t comment on inaccuracies and untruths that are attributed to unnamed “insiders”.

Emma announced her engagement to bandmate Oliver Brian back in April, three years after her marriage to Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie ended.

Lachlan has since welcomed twin daughters with his ballerina fiancee Dana Stephensen, who he met when she was a guest dancer for The Wiggles.

Sarah Yip - aka The Numbers Queen - a professional psychic from the Gold Coast, recently told Yahoo Lifestyle she believed the change will see the 32-year-old performer have "an easier, more peaceful family and relationship journey from here onwards."

Sarah revealed Emma is a rare 39/12/3 life path Artist with her birthday on 21 September 1989, also adding, "Her biggest life lesson is to say no to choices that drain or scatter her."

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Insiders claim it was a 'bit painful' for Emma to keep working alongside her ex. Photo: Instagra/The Wiggles

Emma announced the sad news she would be leaving in a statement from the band last week, explaining that she wants to devote more time and energy to her other passions.

“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 began.

“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.”

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