The Purple Wiggle Lachlan ‘Lachy’ Gillespie has announced that he and his ballet dancer fiancée, Dana Stephensen have welcomed twin daughters.
Fans were left in complete shock – with the pair never having revealed the pregnancy – when The Wiggles performer announced the new arrivals on Friday evening.
In an Instagram post, the 34-year-old shared a photo of his newborn daughters – Lulu and Lottie – resting with their mother Dana, 34, as he looked on lovingly.
Shock arrival! Wiggles star Lachlan ‘Lachy’ Gillespie has announced that he and fiancée Dana Stephensen have welcomed twin daughters. In an Instagram post shared Tuesday, the 34-year-old shared a photo of his newborn daughters – Lulu and Lottie – resting with their mother Dana, 34, as he looked on lovingly. All pictured
He wrote in the caption: ‘Oh Lulu and Lottie, your mummy and daddy love you with all we have – you are both so beautiful – and I would love to sing to you both forever’.
Neither Lachlan nor Dana gave any hint that they were expecting, and their social media accounts show an absence of many recent photos.
Fans were stunned, with many voicing their complete shock at the news.
One person commented under the photo: ‘Whaaattt! Congratulations to you both’ while another added: ‘WAIT WHATTTTT’.
Someone else added: ‘Wow didn’t see that coming congratulations to the three of you!’
Lachy wrote in the caption: ‘Oh Lulu and Lottie, your mummy and daddy love you with all we have – you are both so beautiful – and I would love to sing to you both forever’
The couple announced their engagement in April with a sweet Instagram post, Lachy writing: ‘On Thursday night, Dana asked me to marry her at home under a fairy light sky and a very excited little boy in a beautiful bow tie.’
In the photo, Lachlan was pictured cuddling up to Dana and Dana’s son Jasper, four, inside a bedroom festooned with fairy lights.
The couple, who went public with their relationship in October, beamed with joy as they cuddled up for the milestone photo.
Congratulations: Lachy’ Gillespie announced his engagement to ballet dancer Dana after she proposed to him at home in April. Pictured with Jasper – Dana’s four-year-old son from a previous relationship
Meanwhile, Dana shared a post on her Instagram announcing the news and revealing that Lachlan had actually proposed a month earlier.
‘At the end of our summer holidays, I walked into the most beautiful surprise – a room filled with the most incredible flowers and Lachy singing at his piano and then asking me to marry him. It was such a surprise and so special. Our faces say it all,’ she wrote next to a selfie of the couple.
‘It was something very meaningful for us to both have the opportunity to propose to one another, each in our own way,’ she continued.
Surprise! Meanwhile, Dana shared a post on her Instagram announcing the news and revealing that Lachlan had actually proposed a month earlier
‘Last week, with the most beautiful (and excited!) little boy by my side in a special bow tie, it was our time to ask Lachy our special question – and it was so, so wonderful,’ she added.
Dana and Lachlan are living together as they self-isolate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In January, Dana spoke warmly about their relationship when asked about Lachlan in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
Smitten! Dana and Lachlan aren’t shy when it comes to flaunting their romance
Happily ever after! Dana spoke warmly about their relationship when asked about Lachlan in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in January
‘He’s just amazing and I just love him so much,’ she said.
The mother-of-one, who is a senior dancer for The Australian Ballet, also described the moment she met Lachlan on the set of The Wiggles television show in early December 2018.
‘Lachy and I just had a really beautiful connection straight away. It was between us, but after the fact quite a few people noticed,’ she said.
Happy couple: ‘Lachy and I just had a really beautiful connection straight away. It was between us, but after the fact quite a few people noticed,’ she said
Lachlan separated from his Wiggles bandmate Emma Watkins (a.k.a. The Yellow Wiggle) in August 2018, after two years of marriage.
He confirmed his romance with Dana in October 2019 when he shared a selfie of the pair to Instagram.
On New Year’s Day, Lachlan revealed that he’d met Dana’s son Jasper, four, who she shares with her photographer ex-husband, Michael Kai.
Cute couple: Lachlan met Dana on set of The Wiggles’ television show in December 2018
Milestone moment: On New Year’s Day, Lachlan revealed he had met Dana’s son Jasper (pictured)
Posing alongside Dana and Jasper on a trampoline, Lachlan captioned the adorable photo: ‘2020.’
Dana also posted the family photo, which showed her and Lachlan smiling with Jasper sitting on their shoulders.
She then uploaded another picture to Instagram, which was captioned: ‘[I’m] the luckiest girl because of these two.’
Still friends: He had previously separated from Wiggles bandmate Emma Watkins (pictured) in August 2018, after two years of marriage
Meanwhile, Lachlan and his ex-wife Emma continue to be on good terms, despite their very public divorce.
Speaking to Who in August last year Emma said: ‘We are the best of friends and we were always meant to be. We were close before we started dating and now we’ve come full circle!’
Meanwhile, Emma is dating The Wiggles’ musician Oliver Brian, 32.
Back to co-stars! Emma and Lachlan (pictured) joined The Wiggles in 2013, started dating weeks later, married in 2016 and then announced their split in August 2018