The reporter planned to release Rebel Wilson

In an opinion piece published by the Sydney Morning Herald, journalist Andrew Hornery complained he made a “big mistake” in giving Rebel Wilson two days to comment on his sexuality.

The Sydney Morning Herald has come under fire after journalist Andrew Hornery revealed he planned to date Rebel Wilson before the actress went public with her sexuality.

The 42-year-old took to Instagram on Thursday to announce his relationship with his new girlfriend, fashion designer Ramona Agruma.

“I thought I was looking for a Disney Prince…but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess,” she captioned the photo with a rainbow emoji. sky and the hashtag #loveislove.

But in an opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, private Sydney columnist Mr Hornery complained that Ms Wilson only walked out after he approached her for a comment.

“In a perfect world, same-sex celebrity relationships would be a redundant concept in 2022. Love is love, right?” Mr. Hornery wrote.

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“It is therefore with great caution and respect that this outlet emailed representatives for Rebel Wilson on Thursday morning, giving her two days to comment on her new relationship with another woman, the leisurewear designer of LA Ramona Agruma, before posting a single word.”

He described it as a ‘big mistake’ and accused Ms Wilson of choosing to ‘watch the story’ for choosing to come out on social media herself.

“Given the bitterness with which Wilson had complained about poor standards of journalism when she successfully sued Woman’s Day for defamation, her choice to ignore our quiet, genuine and honest requests was, in our view, disappointing. “, he continued.

Mr Hornery argued that if he had exposed the actress it wouldn’t have been a big deal because: ‘sexual orientation is no longer something to hide, even in Hollywood’.

“Until now, Wilson had publicly identified as a heterosexual woman. It’s unlikely she experienced the kind of discrimination, let alone the homophobia – unconscious or overt – that sadly still affects so many. gay, lesbian and non-heterosexual people,” he said.

In a previous Herald article on Friday, Mr Hornery wrote Ms Wilson ‘ignored requests for comment’ about his relationship, opting instead ‘to make the social media revelations herself’.

Both The Herald and Mr Hornery received significant backlash online after social media users accused them of forcing Ms Wilson out of herself.

“The publication sent a message to Rebel Wilson saying they would be releasing her in two days – and now complains that she chose to self-disclose her relationship with a woman. Pretty amazing,” the reporter wrote. BBC Megha Mohan.

“I am so angry at this Sydney Morning Herald article by Andrew Hornery. “Wilson chose to contemplate history? I wish Hornery had “erred on the side of caution” and not written it at all. You’re right: it was “his choice to ignore your requests”. Grow up,” ABC Radio reporter Dan Cox said.

“I am so disgusted by this. Turns out the rebel Wilson only came out to avoid being forcibly exposed and now this newspaper is mad at her for ruining their scoop? So they wrote this mess? read another Tweet.

Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields said he had read the comments on the article “closely”.

“To say that the Herald Wilson is wrong,” Bevans wrote in an editor’s note.

“Like other mastheads do every day, we just asked questions and, as standard practice, we included a deadline for a response. I hadn’t made any decisions about whether or what to post, and the Herald’s the decision on what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson provided.”

In May, Ms Wilson teased she was ‘happy in a relationship’ with someone she had met ‘through a friend’, but gave no further details.

She told the dating podcast Up? she was on and off the Raya dating app before actor Hugh Sheridan set her up with another friend.

“He had known us both for at least five years each and he said to me, ‘Yeah, I think you would get along,’ and we did,” she said.

Ms Wilson was previously in a relationship with American businessman Jacob Busch, heir to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, but the couple separated in February 2021. has contacted a representative for Ms Wilson for comment.

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