Tom Hawkins' wife has revealed things have become awkward in their household since their 18-month-old daughter Primrose developed an obsession with one of the AFL star's biggest rivals.
Emma Hawkins' Instagram post of Primrose - known in the family as 'Mimi' - showed her cuddling a plushie toy of Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli as Geelong's star forward watched on.
'Poor daddy. Things are getting a bit awks in the household with Mimi's Bont obsession in the lead up to Friday night's game,' she captioned the post, referring to Bontempelli's nickname.
Geelong Cats star Tom Hawkins watches on as daughter Primrose cradles her treasured plush doll of Marcus Bontempelli, one of Hawkins' fiercest rivals
Hawkins' wife Emma posted the adorable video of the 18-month-old cuddling the 'Bont' doll
The Bontempelli doll is Primrose's favourite along with a bunny and Bluey, said her father
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Hawkins' Cats play Bontempelli's Bulldogs in a Round 14 clash on Friday night in Geelong.
Hawkins and wife Emma have two children Arabella, 3, and Primrose.
Earlier this month he posted an Instagram story which also showed Primrose playing with the Bontempelli doll and a soft bunny toy while watching television.
'Doing the hair can wait,' Hawkins wrote.
'As long as Mim’s got her three B’s in the morning - bunny. bluey. bont.'
Hawkins social media reveals his love of family life, filled with affectionate portraits of him with his wife and daughters.
Geelong Cats star Tom Hawkins pictured with Emma, his wife, and two children Arabella, 3, and Primrose, 18 months
Hawkins posted this picture when reunited with his family after six weeks apart during the AFL's enforced Covid 'bubble' in Queensland last year
He confessed last year to finding playing AFL 'tough' when he was separated from his family for nearly two months when the Cats entered the sport's Queensland Covid 'bubble' to play games.
His wife and daughters eventually came to Brisbane and did two weeks in quarantine in order to be reunited with the 32-year-old goalkicking whiz.
'Reunited at last! he wrote on the August 13, 2020 post. 'I'm lucky to have them here with me.'