Rebel Wilson spoke out after “Outing” allegations

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Rebel Wilson spoke out after "Outing" allegations

The Sydney Morning Herald has since removed an article revealing that it gave Rebel “two days to comment on her new relationship” with a woman before going public with the news himself.

Rebel Wilson has addressed fans’ outrage after an Australian newspaper revealed their plans to seemingly come out with them. But first, here’s a reminder of how we got here.

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In May, Rebel said she was “happy in a relationship” and revealed that she and her new partner were started by a mutual friend. At the time, the actress did not share details about her partner’s identity, nor did she respond to Page Six’s request for comment on the matter.

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Fast forward to last Thursday, and Rebel shared an adorable photo of herself and friend Ramona Agruma on Instagram, writing, “I thought I was looking for a Disney prince… but maybe all this time I really needed a Disney princess… # love is love.”

If you follow Rebel, you know that this isn’t the first time Ramona has appeared on her Instagram page. Not only that, but the duo also walked the red carpet together at the Vanity Fair Oscars Afterparty in March.

However, it was not publicly known that the two were in a relationship until her post on Thursday, with reports just months earlier suggesting Rebel may have been dating fellow Australian tennis player Matt Reid.

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Given all of that, and the added context of Rebel’s Instagram caption, most fans were quick to interpret the post as her official coming out.

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But the next day, as fans gleefully celebrated Rebel’s sweet post, the Sydney Morning Herald published a since-deleted article in which it claimed to have known about Rebel and Ramona’s relationship long before it was confirmed.

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Not only that, the newspaper also wrote that it reached out to Rebel on Thursday and gave her “two days to comment on her new relationship” before publishing a story about it.

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The play’s author, prominent reporter Andrew Hornery, then said that reaching out to Rebel was a “big mistake” and hinted that it gave her the freedom to crush his hopes for a story.

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“Wilson decided to consider the story and post on Instagram early Friday morning about her new ‘Disney Princess,'” Hornery wrote. “The same platform she previously used to brag about her handsome ex-boyfriend, wealthy American beer baron Jacob Busch.”

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He also brought up Rebel’s successful Women’s Day defamation lawsuit, which wrongly branded the actor a liar. The author used this lawsuit to argue that Rebel’s decision not to respond to his publication’s “discreet, candid, and honest questions” was “unconvincing” given how “bitterly she complained about poor journalism standards.” ‘ in her legal battle with the magazine.

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And if fans weren’t confused enough, the post seemed to undermine the historic problem of anti-LGBTQ bigotry in show business, Rebel wrote, “At the age of 42 and at a time when same-sex marriage is legal in many parts of the US.” are world and — thanks to decades of fighting for equality — sexual orientation is no longer something to hide, even in Hollywood.”

Readers on social media were quick to express their shock and outrage, with many accusing the publication of trying to outdo Rebel.

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“I just read this @smh post three times to make sure I didn’t read it wrong,” the journalist said Megan Mohan tweeted. “The publication told Rebel Wilson they would be outing her in two days – and is now complaining that she chose to go public with her relationship with a woman. Pretty amazing.”

I’ve just read this @smh article three times to make sure I didn’t read it wrong. The publication told Rebel Wilson they would be outing her in two days – and is now complaining that she chose to go public with her relationship with a woman. Quite amazing.


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Others speculated on the possibility that Rebel had been pressured into sharing her Instagram post last week over fears “forcibly outed‘ from the publication.

I’m so beyond disgusted. It turns out rebel Wilson only came out to avoid being forcibly outed and now this paper is mad at her for ruining her shovel?? So they wrote this mess? I’m so angry and I’m so sorry for Rebel, nobody deserves this.


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Additionally, the sad irony of this taking place during Pride Month was revealed.

In case you were wondering how Pride Month is going, the @smh got in touch with Rebel Wilson to say they would be coming out in the next few days. When Rebel herself came out, journalists threw a tantrum that she had robbed them of an exclusive.


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After the immense backlash, the Sydney Morning Herald initially dismissed allegations of pressuring Rebel, instead claiming he “simply asked questions and by default set a deadline for a response”.

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This only led to further widespread criticism, and the outlet later issued a full apology, in which Hornery admitted the publication had “mishandled steps” in its coverage.

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“It’s not the Herald’s business to ‘out’ people and that’s not what we intend to do. But I understand why my email was considered a threat,” he wrote. “The design was a mistake.”

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Hornery also said that “even as a gay man” he “knows how much discrimination hurts,” adding that he never “would like to cause that pain to anyone else.” The piece has since been removed from the Sydney Morning Herald website.

Now, after remaining silent on the matter, Rebel has spoken out for the first time.

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Responding to a journalist who tweeted her shock and disgust at the publication’s actions, Rebel hinted that while she finds the situation difficult, she is taking the high road.

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“Thanks for your comments,” she said wrote in reply on Sunday. “It was a very difficult situation but I tried to deal with it with grace.”

@katedoak @smh @theage Thanks for your comments, it’s been a very difficult situation but I’m trying to handle it with grace 💗


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Rebel also liked a slew of supportive tweets from fans, many of whom called out the Sydney Morning Herald praising Rebel for handling the situation.

My jaw is on the floor how Rebel was treated by @smh. I really hope you feel all the support and ❤️ for you around the world @RebelWilson. You handled a totally awful situation in an incredibly elegant way. Agree 100% @meghamohan. https://t.co/0aw45lhNWm


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