“Apparently it wasn’t Rebel Wilson’s choice to come out.”
Rebel Wilson took to Twitter after an Australian newspaper was accused of “walking” her.
In May, Rebel said she was “happily in a relationship” with someone she was a friend with — but she chose not to disclose who she was dating and her rep did not respond 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 image read: “I thought I was looking for a Disney Prince… but maybe I really needed a Disney princess all along.”
Though Ramona had been on Rebel’s Instagram and attended events with the actor before, it was Rebel’s first time publicly confirming they were in a relationship — leading many to call the post a public coming out for Rebel.
On Saturday, however, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article stating that they had contacted Rebel on Thursday and given her two days to comment on her relationship “before publishing a single word”.
“Big mistake,” said writer Andrew Hornery of contacting Rebel. “Wilson chose to overlook the story and 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.”
The article further insinuates that anti-LGBTQ bigotry is no longer a major problem in the film industry:
It also suggests that it would have been fine to publish an article about Rebel dating a woman, since she posted on Instagram about her “hip boyfriend” and was publicly believed to be heterosexual:
The piece went viral on Twitter, with many accusing the publication of “outing” Rebel:
The paper issued a follow-up denying that they had “outered” Rebel, claiming: “We just asked questions and included a deadline for a response by default. I hadn’t made a decision on whether or not to publish and the decision of the Herald of what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson had given.”
Rebel herself then replied to a tweet which read: “Apparently Rebel Wilson’s choice was not to come out – the SMH has admitted to warning her two days in advance that they would “come out” her.
“Thank you for your comments,” Rebel wrote. “It was a very difficult situation, but I tried to handle it with grace.”
She further liked a series of tweets to support her:
I wish Rebel and Ramona all the best!