Actress Rebel Wilson has responded to claims she revealed her relationship with a woman because an Australian newspaper would “out” her.
Wilson announced on Instagram last Friday that she was dating fashion designer Ramona Agruma, which was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.
“I thought I was looking for a Disney prince… but maybe I really needed a Disney princess all along,” Wilson wrote.
On Saturday, Andrew Hornery, who writes Private Sydney’s column in the Sydney Morning Herald, wrote that Wilson chose to watch his scoop on the relationship.
“In a perfect world, ‘getaway’ relationships with same-sex celebrities should be a redundant concept by 2022. Love is love, right?”
“As Rebel Wilson knows, we don’t live in a perfect world.
So, it was with an abundance of caution and respect that this media outlet emailed Rebel Wilson representatives on Thursday morning, giving her two days to comment on her new relationship with LA casual wear designer Ramona Agruma, before she published a single word.
“Big mistake. Choosing to overlook the story, Wilson posted to Instagram early Friday morning about her new ‘Disney Princess,’ the same platform she’d previously used to brag about her handsome ex-boyfriend, wealthy American beer baron Jacob Busch…
“Considering how bitterly Wilson had complained about poor journalistic standards when she successfully sued Women’s Day for defamation, her choice to ignore our discreet, sincere and honest questions was, in our view, disappointing.”
Hornery and the Sydney Morning Herald received a wave of criticism on social media for forcing Wilson’s hand to reveal her gay relationship, especially during Pride Month.
BBC reporter Megha Mohan wrote on Twitter: “I just read this @smh piece three times to make sure I wasn’t reading it wrong. chose to announce her relationship with a woman herself. Pretty amazing. “
Mohan’s tweet alone has racked up over 156,000 likes and 20,000 retweets so far.
Actor Matt Lucas, Wilson’s former roommate and Bridesmaids co-star, tweeted: “Coming out is often a long, scary process, with lots of beats. Self-realization, telling friends and family, a first relationship. I thought that the press forcing people to act on their own, whether they were ready or not, was a thing of the past. I must have been mistaken.”
Network 10 journalist Kate Doak tweeted: “So apparently it wasn’t @RebelWilson’s choice to come out… The @smh/@theage admitted to warning her 2 days in advance that they would “out” her. “Worse, openly gay men from the Sydney Morning Herald were involved.”
Responding to Doak’s tweet on Sunday night, Wilson wrote: “Thank you for your comments, it was a very difficult situation but tried to handle it with grace.”
Prior to Wilson’s tweet, Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Bevan Shields wrote in an online editorial that “to say the Herald has ‘outed’ Wilson is wrong”.
“Like other mastheads do every day, we just asked questions and had a deadline for a response by default.”
“I had not made a decision on whether or not to publish and the Herald’s decision as to what to do would have been informed by a response Wilson had provided.
Wilson has made the decision to make her new partner public – who has been a feature of her social media accounts for months.
Private Sydney is a column where the writer’s interaction with his subjects is often part of the story.
“Saturday’s piece followed that theme to give readers insight into our interaction with Wilson and her PR team. This was not your typical news story.
“We wish Wilson and Agrum the best.”
The ABC has contacted Hornery for comment.
Shields sent the ABC to his editorial published Sunday when contacted for comment on Wilson’s statement.
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