Entertainment Parents, children left devastated after Emma Watkins quit The Wiggles
Emma Watkins recalls the moment a parent asked her when she was 'due'
The Wiggles star Emma Watkins has recalled the confronting moment a parent asked her when she was 'due' during a concert after she had undergone surgery for endometriosis. The Yellow Wiggle, who is a spokeswoman for endometriosis awareness, said the incident took place in 2018 while she was on tour with the popular children's performers.The 32-year-old had just returned to the stage with the group after recovering from the procedure.
It's been a sad week for Wiggles fans after Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins hung up her skivvy and announced she was leaving the popular children's band.
The 32-year-old entertainer, who had been part of the group for 11 years, revealed she wanted to instead focus on her family and finish her PhD in filmmaking.
Shattered fans, mainly parents of young children, have since flocked to social media to pay tribute to the first-ever female Wiggle.
'My son is going to be heartbroken to not see you at a Wiggles show next year! Thank you for bringing so much joy into little people's lives. We wish you the absolute best with your next venture,' one fan wrote on Instagram.
The Wiggles' Emma Watkins announces she's leaving the children's group
Beloved Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has announced she is leaving the children's group at the end of the year. The performer revealed the news in a statement and video shared via her social media account, watch above. "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," the 32-year-old said. READ MORE: Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker engaged "Like manyThe performer revealed the news in a statement and video shared via her social media account, watch above.
'Sad to see Emma go but understand the reasons why. Thank you for being my daughter's favourite Wiggle,' another said.
One fan said Emma had 'brought so much joy into this world' through her character.
Women thanked Emma for raising awareness of endometriosis, a disorder in which tissue similar to the inner lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus.
She has spoken publicly about her experience with the disorder, which is often very painful and can affect fertility.
'Emma, you are such an inspiration to girls of all ages. And you are an amazing voice for the endo community. I wish you nothing but happiness,' one fan wrote.
Blue Wiggle Anthony Field also paid tribute to his colleague.
'We've had an amazing time with Emma over this period and while we're sad to see her go, we know she has many other passions she'd like to pursue, including her PhD and work with the deaf community,' he said.
EXCLUSIVE: Emma ‘Wiggle’ Watkins on isolation life, the diet tweak that gives her energy, and Lachy’s engagement
Rewarding parents every step of the wayThe children’s entertainers were forced to cancel their national and international tour dates earlier in the year but as Yellow Wiggle, Emma Watkins explains, that while they were sad to cancel their shows, there has been some silver-linings in this slower-paced life.
Emma has been replaced by 16-year-old dancer Tsehay Hawkins.
Tsehay (pronounced se-hi) was previously cast in The Wiggles' Fruit Salad TV YouTube show but has now been promoted to the main line-up.
Emma said on Tuesday: '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.
'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.'
She continued: 'I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the deaf community.'
Why Emma really left The Wiggles .
With her ex-husband and co-star Lachy Gillespie still a constant in her life and her new fiance Oliver Brian also part of the Wiggles supergroup, Emma Watkins wanted a fresh start from what had become an increasingly strained situation. With her ex-husband and co-star Lachy Gillespie still a constant in her life and her new fiance Oliver Brian also part of the Wiggles supergroup, Emma Watkins wanted a fresh start from what had become an in The incredibly popular singer is the biggest money spinner in the children's entertainment empire, generating millions of dollars through a merchandising machine th