“Apparently it wasn’t Rebel Wilson’s decision to come out.”
Rebel Wilson took to Twitter after an Australian newspaper accused of “outing” her.
Back in May, Rebel said she’s “happily in a relationship” with someone she’s been set up with by a friend — but hasn’t chosen to disclose who she’s in a relationship with, and her rep hasn’t responded to Page Six’s request for comment at the time.
Then on Thursday, Rebel posted a photo with her friend Ramona Agruma on Instagram. The picture was captioned, “I thought I was looking for a Disney prince… but maybe all this time I really needed a Disney princess.”
While Ramona has been featured on Rebel’s Instagram and had previously attended events with the actor, it was the first time Rebel had publicly confirmed they were in a relationship – prompting many to mark the post as a public coming out for Rebel to call.
However, on Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article saying they reached out to Rebel on Thursday and gave her two days to comment on their relationship “before releasing a single word”.
“Big mistake,” said author Andrew Hornery when addressing Rebel. Wilson decided to keep the story going by posting about her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning, the same platform she previously used to brag about her handsome ex-boyfriend, wealthy American beer baron Jacob Busch would have.”
The article further suggests that anti-LGBTQ bingory is no longer a big deal in the film industry:
It also suggests that it would have been okay to publish an article about Rebels dating a woman because she posted on Instagram about her “good friend” and was publicly considered straight:
The article went viral on Twitter, with many accusing the publication of “outing” Rebel:
The newspaper issued a follow-up in which it denied having “outed” Rebel, claiming: “We simply asked questions and set a deadline for a response by default. I had made no decision as to whether or what to publish, and the Herald’s decision on what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson provided.”
Rebel himself then responded to a tweet that said: “Apparently it wasn’t Rebel Wilson’s decision to come out – SMH has admitted to telling her two days in advance that they were going to ‘out’ her.
“Thank you for your comments,” Rebel wrote. “It was a very difficult situation, but I tried to deal with it with grace.”
She also liked a number of tweets in support of her:
We wish Rebel and Ramona all the best!