Opera singer living in fear of ex who bombarded her with emails and texts
An opera singer has said she is living in fear of her transgender ex-manager who began to harass her following the end of their year-long marriage.
Gypsy Watkins, 36, was bombarded with emails and texts by concert promoter Purple Watkins, 52, after she told her she wanted a divorce.
Her estranged husband, who now identifies as a woman called Princess Purple Watkins, spent a year sending Gypsy messages that said: I never kissed anyone since being with you.
Other messages read: Jealousy will destroy you and Dont use the kids against me.
Mother-of-two Gypsy said she had to stop her college course and hide her Facebook account when Watkins began messaging her friends and commenting on photos.
Police issued a warning notice against Princess Purple but she continued her campaign until she was charged with harassment.
In a statement Gypsy, from Plymouth said: I am dreading that he could turn up to the door one day.
I have had to stop my college course and I am constantly on edge and scared by the actions. I do not want any contact with Purple, but he wont sign the divorce papers.
I do feel it is stopping me from progressing in my future.
Gypsy first sang professionally at the age of 12 but took up up opera and vowed to tour national arenas.
Princess Purple was her manager and changed her forename to Purple at her request.
The couple also set up their own charity, the Gypsy and Purple Foundation, to help raise money in aid of terminally ill children.
They had been a familiar sight in the market town of Highbridge,Somerset, where Gypsy performed in the street and at open air concerts whilst dressed in flamboyant outfits.
Princess Purple, from Pendlebury, near Salford, admitted a charge of harassment without violence between November 2016 and November 2017.
She was given eight weeks jail suspended for 12 months and banned from contacting Gypsy for two years under the terms of a restraining order and was barred from entering Plymouth.
She was also ordered to pay £200 in court costs and victim surcharges.