Hi-5 wedding called off

HI-5 couple Nathan Foley and Kellie Hoggart have called off their marriage, ending one of television’s most popular romances.

The children’s entertainment group sweethearts were due to marry in March after becoming engaged during a holiday to Fiji last year.

But Confidential can reveal that the pair has split after three years together.

The Sydney-based Hi-5 members could not be reached yesterday, but it’s understood their break-up won’t affect the future of the wildly popular group, whose program is telecast on Channel 9.

Foley, 27, and Hoggart, 32, have been in the line-up since Hi-5’s inception in January 1999, alongside Charli Robinson, Tim Harding, Kathleen de Leon and new fill-in member Sun Park.

In a rare interview about their relationship a year ago, the highly private Hoggart said she and Foley were “very happy and enjoying the moment for as long as we can”.

“We’re just getting used to it ourselves, but we’re so excited,” she said.

Hi-5 has sung and danced its way to worldwide acclaim – their program is now shown in more than 80 countries.

The multiple Logie and ARIA award-winning group has also reaped the riches of eight years of touring, DVD sales and international copyright of their TV show.

The fivesome placed eighth on Business Review Weekly’s annual list of Australia’s top earning entertainers with an income of $15 million last year.

They were still well off the $50 million pulled in by fellow kiddies’ group The Wiggles.

A spokeswoman for Hi-5 said yesterday that Foley and Hoggart had “split up a while ago”.

“It’s a personal matter and there’s no further comment.”

From Sydney Confidential
December 07, 2006 01:00am

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Kyle Wadsworth

Kyle Wadsworth is a trained multimedia journalist with a passion for film and television - notably Westside and Outrageous Fortune! Also known as TuiKiwi (the name of which has also featured on Outrageous Fortune as a guest-starring beer brand).
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