Original Wiggles member, Murray Cook, has opened up about the challenges the beloved children's group faced during their peak of fame. In an interview on the television show, The Cheap Seats, Cook revealed that the band had to deal with stalkers when they started gaining popularity in the United States. To ensure their safety, the Wiggles began staying in hotels under fake names. Cook humorously shared that bandmate Jeff Fatt once checked in as Jackie Chan.
Their recently released documentary, Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles, delves into the ups and downs of life as Wiggles members. Murray Cook confided in the film about the difficulties of leaving his two children, particularly his son Hamish, behind while going on tour. In the documentary, Cook admits his son expressed disapproval of his musical career, stating, "I don't like music because it takes Daddy away."
Anthony Field, known as the Blue Wiggle, also opened up about his personal battle with depression throughout his successful career. During the group's first tour in England, Field found himself frequently bursting into tears backstage without a clear understanding of the cause. Field reveals that his brother's reaction to his sadness further added to his confusion, as he was told, "What have you got to be sad about? You're successful, you have got all the comforts - what's wrong with you?"
The challenges faced by The Wiggles extended beyond their personal lives. Greg Page, the Yellow Wiggle, left the group in 2006 due to poor health, which unfortunately did not save his failing marriage. Jeff Fatt, known as the Purple Wiggle, also experienced a health scare when he blacked out behind the wheel and crashed into a tree. Thankfully, Fatt escaped major injury and now has a pacemaker to monitor his heart.
The Wiggles' documentary gives fans a deeper understanding of the struggles the group faced amidst their fame. Through personal revelations and captivating accounts, their story serves as a reminder that success does not exempt anyone from challenges.