Fans of the Australian children’s band are scrambling for answers after Blue Wiggle Anthony Field and Purple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie are no longer following each other on Instagram. The pair have previously never shown any sign of a fall-out, so the discovery naturally came as a shock to Wiggles devotees.
‘I’m freaking out!’ one fan commented on the official Wiggles Instagram page after noticing Lachy and Anthony weren’t following each other on Sunday. ‘Oh wow, yeah!’ another concerned fans replied. However, after Daily Mail Australia reached out for comment on Monday morning, a Wiggles spokesperson said it was simply a technical error.
Anthony and Lachy have also re-followed each other on Instagram in the hours since Daily Mail Australia reached out for comment. Anthony, 58, was one of The Wiggles’ founding members in 1991, while Lachy, 36, joined the band 2009 as a back-up performer.He was promoted to the role of Purple Wiggle in 2012, replacing original band member Jeff Fatt.
While still in their 20s, Anthony, along with original bandmates Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, and Greg Page, all went to the United States to try to expand their fan base.
The move paid off, with the band eventually selling out Madison Square Garden in New York City. This year, The Wiggles welcomed four new ‘diverse’ members to the band: Tsehay Hawkins, John Pearce, Kelly Hamilton and Evie Ferris.
Tsehay Hawkins, a 15-year-old who was adopted from Ethiopia, replaced outgoing Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins, 32. Emma announced her exit from the band in October so she could devote more time to her other passions, including completing her PhD at Macquarie University.
She said the Covid-19 lockdowns had made her reassess her priorities and realise how much she missed being at home.Meanwhile, Justice Crew member John Pearce, 30, joined the band as the secondary Purple Wiggle, while Indigenous dancer Evie Ferris, 24, is now the secondary Red Wiggle.