Rebel Wilson's bestie Hugh Sheridan lashes out at Sydney Morning Herald, says he's heartbroken over an article by the same journalist

Hugh Sheridan criticizes Sydney Morning Herald for painful criticism of his own coming out

Aussie TV star and heartthrob Hugh Sheridan has shared his heartbreak at his own ‘coming out’ being mocked by the gossip columnist who tried to get out Rebel Wilson

Sheridan told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday how devastated he was after Andrew Hornery accused him in a… Sydney Morning Herald column in which he “sold” himself as a heterosexual sex symbol” ahead of his arrival in 2020.

“Having a fellow human being of non-conventional Catholic sexuality tore me apart a week after coming out was one of the most horrifying moments of my life on Australian soil,” he said.

Sheridan emerged in late 2020 as sexually fluid — or as he calls it “human” — after years of struggling with his personal identity.

Rebel Wilson’s bestie Hugh Sheridan lashes out at Sydney Morning Herald, says he’s heartbroken over an article by the same journalist

Sheridan, with Wilson, came out as 'fluent' in 2020 after struggling with his sexuality

Sheridan, with Wilson, came out as ‘fluent’ in 2020 after struggling with his sexuality

In a lengthy piece published on October 25, 2020, Hornery wrote that Sheridan’s gay relationships were well known within the entertainment industry, and accused the Packed to the Rafters actor of faking “straight” relationships for publicity.

“Same-sex relationships (Sheridan) have been known in showbiz and media circles for years, even as his publicists regularly spread stories that he was supposedly dating women.”

The longtime SMH gossip columnist – who is openly gay himself – also claimed that he first met Sheridan “many years” earlier at the Logies and that the aspiring actor openly admired other men – something Sheridan later claimed was not true.

“I first met Sheridan on a Lodge many years ago. At the time, he played second fiddle to his sister Zoe, a former television personality who attended the glittering soiree while her little brother hung out in her hotel suite…. Still in drama school, he was smart, talented, charming, handsome and clearly on his way to become a big star,” Hornery wrote.

He also cheerfully talked about which male celebrities he liked. I assumed he was gay and I was impressed by how confident and at ease he seemed at such a young age about his sexuality.”

Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Sheridan — an old friend of both Rebel Wilson and Ramona Agruma and the man who initially put the pair on a blind date — disputed Hornery’s account of their meeting at the Logies.

He also described the article that appeared in the Herald as “horrific” and one that two years later he still has a hard time understanding.

“Andrew Hornery is someone I met with my sister at the Logies, but his memories of what happened are very different from mine and don’t really fit my character,” he said.

Rebel Wilson and Hugh Sheridan are old friends and mutual supporters

Rebel Wilson and Hugh Sheridan are old friends and mutual supporters

Sheridan is an old friend of Rebel Wilson and introduced her to new love

Sheridan is an old friend of Rebel Wilson and introduced her to new love

Hugh briefly dated Kurt Roberts shortly after he came out as liquid in 2020

Hugh briefly dated Kurt Roberts shortly after he came out as liquid in 2020

“Everyone wanted to accept me and accept themselves, but someone from my own community and who knew me went out of their way to cut me to my knees when I was just learning to walk again.”

Sheridan also referred to Wilson’s treatment, who was given a two-day “deadline” by the SMH before threatening to publish her in print.

Hornery and SMH editor Bevan Shields came under fire around the world as a result for handling the incident that led Wilson to “step out” himself on Instagram last Friday.

Both Hornery and SMH editor Bevan Shields have since apologized.

“Last week he did it to my friends, at least now it’s noticed what I’m letting slip because I’m used to that kind of poison in the columns.

“But that really hurt,” Sheridan said.

“He kicked me when I was at my most vulnerable. (I think) Australia needs to take a stand at the root of the big poppy and stop the BS where it starts.”

'Hugh was absolutely devastated by the SMH article after his own coming out,' says good friend

‘Hugh was absolutely devastated by the SMH article after his own coming out,’ says good friend

“If you didn’t mean to, you wouldn’t have done it,” Whoopi Goldberg says of SMH

However, Sheridan, who is now based in Los Angeles after moving from Sydney, said he did not want an apology from the SMH over the 2020 piece.

Sheridan said the incident was a reminder of his years studying drama at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney in the early 2000s, when he claimed he was encouraged by a teacher to hide his sexuality.

‘No, I don’t really want an apology. His written word reminds me of the time I was at NIDA and teachers told me never to talk about my sexuality or I wouldn’t get a job.

“The underlying message was that the world was too homophobic to handle it.

“I feel sorry for them, as I do for Andrew.

“I hope some of this feedback helps him, the readers and everyone else to step into the present and realize that the days of labeling and outings are over. Live and let live. †

Meanwhile, celebrities around the world have continued to criticize the publication, including Whoopi Goldberg, who this week used her position as presenter of The View to break into tabloids.

Rebel Wilson and new love were introduced by Sheridan few months ago

Rebel Wilson and new love were introduced by Sheridan few months ago

Goldberg was particularly scathing about Hornery’s apology, saying that it was never the Herald’s intention to “exclude” Wilson.

“If you didn’t mean to, you wouldn’t have done it,” she said. ‘You knew exactly what you were doing… They say ‘Ah, people want to know’. I don’t care what people want to know, frankly. I want to keep my privacy. It must be my choice if I want to talk about something.’

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