Radio star Michael 'Wippa' Wipfli has this morning stirred up a fierce debate on Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa when he steadfastly refused to allow his wife to change the engagement ring he picked out for her.
The heated on-air discussion began when Wippa, 41, claimed that his wife of eight years, Lisa 'didn't like' the rock he'd presented her with when he proposed, which didn't surprise his co-host Sarah McGilvray in the least.
"She said to me, 'I’ve never mentioned this to you before but I don’t really like my engagement ring,'" he said.
"I knew this for years," replied Sarah, leaving Wippa flabbergasted.
"The problem is [...] that you chose [the ring] without any consultation, you just picked and you claimed to be the expert," she explained.
At this point, Fitzy piped up to agree with Sarah and argue that since Lisa has to wear the ring for the rest of her life she should be able to choose it.
Wippa wasn't having a bar of it, declaring that he would 'absolutely not' buy the mum-of-three another ring to replace her existing one because of its sentimental value.
"It’s almost like a snapshot in time right, we went on a holiday, it’s sentimental, we were in Switzerland, we had this beautiful moment on the balcony overlooking the lake and [...] everything that was in that moment is in that ring.
"Take away that ring, lose that moment."
The fact that Megan Markle famously changed her engagement ring after marrying Prince Harry, as Sarah pointed out, doesn't fly with Wippa.
"That would be right, insulting. Insulting to Harry," he said.
Wippa's wife calls in
Wippa's wife Lisa rang in to tell her side of the story and, as it turned out, Wippa's version was a little bit twisted.
Not only does she still 'adore' her ring but it was Wippa's suggestion to get her a new one after he realised the ring needed repairing.
"Can I tell the story," Lisa began. "[Wippa] discovered the rock was loose, he said, 'don’t wear that, let’s get that fixed.
"And I said, 'maybe this is a chance for me to remodel this a bit, keep the centre stone and everything, I’m not asking for a bigger ring'.
"And he said, 'well hang on that represents a time in our lives so I would rather that you keep that ring and we'll get you a new one!'"
Since then, Lisa has been sending her husband images of rings she likes, only to have him turn around and feign confusion.
"Can I just say something here? To men out there who think the ring needs to stay the same forever and they get all precious about it, if I made you wear the same pair of shoes and shirt for the rest of your life you wouldn’t do it. Same as a ring!" she said.
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