An Australian newspaper has denied the actress Rebel Wilson, because there is outrage about the coverage of her new relationship.
The Bridesmaids Star shared a picture of herself with Ramona Agruma on Instagram who said, “I thought I was looking for a Disney Prince…but maybe what I really needed all along was a Disney Princess #loveislove.”
But in a story published by the Sydney Morning Herald, columnist Andrew Hornery described how Wilson had supposedly “ignored” their requests for comment about the relationship earlier that week and instead revealed her own news herself.
While Wilson did not address the newspaper article directly, she tweeted: “It was a very difficult situation, but I tried to handle it with grace” on Sunday in an apparent reference to the queue.
Sydney Morning Herald’s editor-in-chief, Bevan Shields, has since denied that the newspaper has “featured” her.
He said: “As other mastheads do every day, we just asked questions and as standard practice there was a deadline for a response. I hadn’t made a decision on whether or not to publish and the Herald’s decision on what to do would be on the informed by every response Wilson has given.”
His denial that the newspaper forced Wilson to come out follows two columns by Mr Hornery in which he tried to explain how the newspaper acted “with an abundance of caution and respect”.
It contained a complaint that Wilson had chosen to “gazum” them and reveal her own news herself.
He wrote: “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.
“Of course it’s their business who someone dates, but Wilson liked to fuel such a lustful interest when she had a handsome boyfriend on her arm.”
LGBT charity Stonewall criticized the publication: “Coming out is a very personal decision.
Whether, when and how to come out should be decided by the individual, entirely on their terms.
“It’s just not OK to ‘out’ LGBTQ+ people or pressure us to get out.
“Media outlets need to be careful not to sensationalize LGBTQ+ lives and relationships.”