It was an announcement that sent Wiggles fans all over the world into shock. Just when we were waiting for the news of little Wiggles on the way, we were shattered to hear that there would be no mini Wiggles, at least not from the Emma/Lachy duo.

After two years of marriage, Wiggles stars Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie called quits on their marriage last month.

Not So Sudden

The decision to split up was not as sudden as it seemed, with Emma sharing that she “fell out of love a little bit” before she and her Lachy decided to end their union, as reported in Yahoo!7.

At the time, 28-year-old Emma had been grappling with a number of health issues which eventually led to her requiring endometriosis surgery.

Better Off As Friends

She told the Gold Coast Bulletin it was a “weird time” for the couple, and they ultimately decided they were better off as friends.

“We are not really cranky at each other, we just realised that our situation had changed,” she said, “probably more from me, than from him.”

The Wiggle Who Wears The Yello Skivvy admitted that she took the first steps towards the split.

“I wanted to make the decision to separate,” she said. “I am very independent and my mum keeps telling me that no one is going to be able to tell me what to do.”

Emma Was Struggling With Her Health

Emma had been suffering from her endometriosis and also had a leukaemia scare. By the time she needed to go in for surgery in April this year, she and Lachy were already well into a trial separation.

Lachy had moved out of their shared home in February, and six months later in August, they officially announced they would be splitting.

In a joint statement, the pair said they were embracing the “very positive change in [their] relationship”.

“We have chosen a different path to travel in our personal lives,” they said, “but please know that we are stronger than ever and we can’t wait to see you at a show soon.”

Shaky From The Start

An unnamed friend of the couple claimed that their marriage was shaky from the beginning, telling Woman’s Day, “I know the cracks started to appear almost immediately.”

“I think Em wanted this marriage for such a long time that it was always going to be hard to live up to the dream.

“Ultimately, the fairytale just didn’t match up with the reality.”

Were you surprised when the Wiggle couple split? Tell us in the comments below.


  • Glad that it hasn’t been an unamicable split – hard when you are in the eye of your adoring littlies public.


  • what rovermum said was perfect! They have handled a difficult situation very well


  • What surprised me was that she was the one chasing him wanting to marry him. Then she gets her man down the aisle and dumps him!


  • I don’t really follow the wiggles but I was very sad to hear of another couple splitting. They are lovely people who I’m pleased to see are remaining friends. Just like my parents did.


  • I was, but it happens. At least they’ve handled it with the utmost grace. It’s unfortunate they’ve had to play it out in the public eye, but they’ve handled it well.


  • Marriage splits are hard. I wish them both good luck.


  • It happens but hopefully they are both ok.


  • In a lot of cases working together as well as living together places too much stress as they don’t shut off the work relationship after hours.


  • While it is sad of their split, I think the pressure to of having a baby wouldn’t have helped either. I reckon she would have been asked millions of times from parent.


  • I didn’t even know they were a couple until their split was announced. It’s sad that she felt the need to explain the break, some things should be private regardless of the spotlight.

    • I agree – living a life in the spotlight must indeed be difficult and intrusive.


  • This is so sad. Can’t inagine what it’s like being a famous couple though.


  • It’s sad it didn’t work out but it’s great they are providing such a great example of an amicable split.


  • Isn’t it weird it was Emma who wanted the relationship and wedding and pushed for it, yet it was her that pulled the plug on it.


  • What do we really know ? Looks like the pair are embracing the positive change in split relationship.


  • I was very suprised
    I wish them all the best for the future


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