The massive clue Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins was going to quit the band

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Emma Watkins officially quit The Wiggles on Tuesday, announcing her desire to ‘spend more time at home’ after performing with the children’s band for 11 years. 

However, some fans believe the 32-year-old actually hinted at her retirement plans back in August, when she sold her home in East Ryde just two years after purchase. 

The house sold before auction and had been listed for $1.6million, but no sale price was disclosed. 

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Revealed: The massive clue Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins, 32, (pictured) was going to quit the band – months before announcing her retirement 

At the time, reports alleged that Emma was ‘set to move to the NSW Southern Highlands’ – where her parents Richard and Kathryn currently reside. 

Emma has long been vocal about her desire to be closer to her parents, after they moved to Kangaloon in 2017. 

‘I was lucky enough to grow up in Ryde and I love the area and community,’ the Yellow Wiggle told Domain in July.  

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Was this a sign? Some fans believe Emma actually hinted at her retirement plans back in August, when she sold her home in East Ryde, just two years after purchase 

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Quaint: The house (pictured) sold before auction and had been listed for $1.6million, but no sale price was disclosed 

‘My parents have moved away from Sydney and now I have been looking at places to be closer to them,’ the singer explained. 

‘I’m sad to be leaving this beautiful home and area for the moment, but the new owners can look forward to making really special memories here.’

Emma said in a statement on Tuesday that the Covid-19 lockdown made her reassess her priorities, and she realised how much she missed being at home.

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Family first: At the time, reports alleged that Emma was ‘set to move to the NSW Southern Highlands’ – where her parents Richard and Kathryn (left) currently reside 

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No place like home: Emma said in a statement on Tuesday that the Covid-19 lockdown made her reassess her priorities, and she realised how much she missed being at home

‘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,’ she said. 

‘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.’

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End of an era: Emma will pass the yellow skivvy to newcomer Tsehay Hawkins in 2022. Pictured with Simon Pryce (left), Lachlan Gillespie (second from right) and Anthony Field (right) 

Emma is passionate about sign language and raising awareness of Australia’s deaf community after growing up with her best friend having two deaf brothers.

Her PhD, which she has been researching for several years, focuses on the affective, artistic integrations of sign language, dance and film editing.

She has also completed a Diploma of Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Emma added: ‘I am eternally grateful to The Wiggles for giving me the amazing opportunity to be the first female Wiggle, a role that I have loved and one that has brought me so much joy and an abundance of bowtiful memories that I will treasure forever. 

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Time to say goodbye: ‘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,’ Emma said on Tuesday

‘As The Wiggles continue to evolve and someone new now steps into the yellow skivvy, I look forward to seeing children and families embrace them, just as I was when I began. I wish The Wiggles much continued success as they continue to delight children all over the world.’

Watkins is being replaced in 2022 by teenager Tsehay Hawkins, who joined the Wiggles family earlier this year for its ‘Fruit Salad TV’ YouTube series and has now been promoted to the main line-up.

At 16 years old, she is the band’s youngest-ever member.

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Replacement: Sixteen-year-old Tsehay Hawkins (pictured), who joined the Wiggles family earlier this year for its ‘Fruit Salad TV’ YouTube series, has been promoted to the main line-up

Tsehay (pronounced se-hi, which means ‘the sun’ in Amharic) is an award-winning dancer who represented Australia at the World Latin Dance Championships.

She was born in Ethiopia and adopted by Australian parents Robyn and Reg Hawkins at the age of seven months, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Tsehay said in a statement: ‘I am honoured to be joining The Wiggles at such an exciting time for the group.

I grew up watching The Wiggles and I’ve already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series Fruit Salad TV.

‘I’m now incredibly excited to be joining them in the yellow skivvy and to have the chance to go out on the road in the new arena tour, I can’t wait to meet all the Wiggly fans.

‘Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world.’

The Wiggles have also announced their new Australian tour, which kicks off in Cairns in February and concludes in Adelaide in May.

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Newcomer: Tsehay (pronounced se-hi, which means ‘the sun’ in Amharic) is an award-winning dancer who represented Australia at the World Latin Dance Championships