Yellow Wiggles Emma Watkins announces engagement during New Zealand tour

Yellow Wiggles Emma Watkins announces engagement during New Zealand tour


Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has just announced she is engaged amid her New Zealand tour with her fellow Wiggles.

Three years after her marriage to Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie ended, Emma Watkins has announced her engagement to fellow bandmate Oliver Brian.

Emma posted a picture to Instagram with her new fiance, who plays the banjo with The Wiggles, with the caption “when life gets more sparkly”.

Lachy, who has twin daughters with his ballerina fiancee Dana Stephensen, was one of the first to wish the happy couple well. 

The 31-year-old confirmed the news on Instagram on Monday night, posting an image next to musician and Wiggles bandmate Oliver Brian while showing off her engagement ring.

"When life gets more sparkly," she wrote in the caption.

Watkins confirmed her romance with Brian, who plays the banjo for the group, in December 2019, telling Stellar magazine: "Yes, I'm in love and I feel very excited to tell you."

Watkins revealed that she and her new beau had worked together for four years before he asked her to dinner, describing him as her "opposite".

"He's a very calm and thoughtful person and I've always been interested in his mind and his take on life, and his morals. He loves talking about the environment and food production."

The engagement comes three years after her split from Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie.

Watkins and her co-star Gillespie's highly-publicised split dominated headlines in August 2018, but the two have remained close friends and co-stars since their marriage breakdown.

At the time, Gillespie said that they were the best of friends — "we always have been, that's how it started".

He said they were like any other couple and just realised they had reached a stalemate in their seemingly picture-perfect relationship.

"To be able to realise as a couple that we were going different ways and to stay as close as we are is a real testament, I think, to both of us," he told the publication.

"I love her more now than anything and she loves me more than anything."

Watkins told Australian Story that year that there was a growing awareness between her and Gillespie that "romantically, it just wasn't going the way that our friendship was going".

Gillespie himself replied to Watkins' post on Monday night with a series of purple love hearts and wrote: "Love you guys".