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Rebel Wilson responds to claims she was ‘reported’ by the Sydney Morning Herald

Actress Rebel Wilson has responded to claims she revealed her relationship with a woman because an Australian newspaper was going to “unmask” her.

Wilson announced last Friday on Instagram that she was dating fashion designer Ramona Agruma, which has received an overwhelmingly positive response.

“I thought I was looking for a Disney Prince…but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess,” Wilson wrote.


On Saturday, Andrew Hornery, who writes the Private Sydney column in the Sydney Morning Herald, wrote that Wilson “chose to watch” his relationship scoop.

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

“As Rebel Wilson knows, we don’t live in a perfect world.

“So it is with great caution and respect that this media outlet emailed representatives for Rebel Wilson on Thursday morning, giving her two days to comment on her new relationship with Los Angeles leisurewear designer Ramona. Agruma, before posting a single word.

“Big mistake. Wilson chose to contemplate history, posting her new ‘Disney Princess’ to Instagram early Friday morning, the same platform she previously used to brag about her handsome ex-boyfriend, the wealthy American beer baron Jacob Busch…

“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 discreet, genuine and honest questions was, in our view, disappointing. .”

Hornery and the Sydney Morning Herald were met with an outpouring of criticism on social media for forcing Wilson’s hand by revealing his same-sex relationship, particularly during Pride month.

BBC journalist Megha Mohan wrote on Twitter: “I just read this article @smh 3 times to make sure I hadn’t read it wrong. The publication messaged Rebel Wilson saying they would be out in 2 days – and now complains that she chose to self-disclose her relationship with a woman. Pretty amazing.”


Mohan’s tweet alone garnered over 156,000 likes and 20,000 retweets.

Actor Matt Lucas, Wilson’s former housemate and Bridesmaids co-star, tweeted, “Coming out is often a long and scary process, with many rhythms. Self-realization, telling friends and family about it, a first relationship. I thought the press forced people to be ready or not, that was in the past. I must have made a mistake.


Network 10 reporter Kate Doak tweeted: “So apparently it wasn’t @RebelWilson’s choice to come out… @smh/@theage admitted to warning her 2 days ago advance that they were going to ‘take her out’. Worse still, openly gay men from the Sydney Morning Herald were implicated in it.”

In response to Doak’s tweet, Wilson wrote on Sunday evening, “Thank you for your feedback, it was a very difficult situation but I was trying to handle it with grace.”


Prior to Wilson’s tweet, Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields wrote in an online op-ed that “saying the Herald ‘exposed’ Wilson is wrong”.

“Like other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and, as standard practice, included a deadline for a response.”

“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.

“Wilson has made the decision to publicly disclose his new partner – who has been on his social media accounts for months.

“Private Sydney is a chronicle in which the writer’s interaction with his subjects is often part of the story.

“Saturday’s article followed this theme by giving readers insight into our interaction with Wilson and his PR team. This was not standard reporting.

“We wish Wilson and Agruma the best of luck.”

The ABC has contacted Horny for comment.

Shields directed the ABC to its op-ed published Sunday when contacted to comment on Wilson’s statement.

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