Australian TV star and idol Hugh Sheridan has told of his heartbreak at having his own ‘coming out’ mocked by the gossip columnist who tried to come out Rebel Wilson.
Sheridan told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday how he was devastated after Andrew Hornery accused him in a sydney Morning Herald column on “selling” himself as a heterosexual sex symbol” before he came in 2020.
“Having another human of unconventional Catholic sexuality tear me apart a week after coming out was one of the most horrific times of my life on Australian soil,” he said.
Sheridan came out as sexually fluid – or as he chooses to describe “human” – at the end of 2020 after years of struggling with his personal identity.
Rebel Wilson’s best friend Hugh Sheridan hits out at the Sydney Morning Herald and says he remains devastated by an article by the same reporter
Sheridan, along with Wilson, came out as ‘fluid’ in 2020 after struggling with his sexuality
In a lengthy article published on October 25, 2020, Hornery wrote that Sheridan’s same-sex relationships were common knowledge in the entertainment industry and accused the Packed to the Rafters actor of faking “straight” relationships for publicity. .
“(Sheridan’s) same-sex relationships have been well known in showbiz and media circles for years, even though his publicists have regularly planted stories of him supposedly dating women.”
The longtime SMH gossip columnist – who is openly gay himself – also claimed he had first met Sheridan at the Logies “many years” earlier and that the budding actor openly admired d other men – what Sheridan later claimed was not true.
“I first met Sheridan in front of a Logies many years ago. At the time, he was playing second fiddle to his sister Zoe, a former television personality who attended the glittering party while his little brother was hanging out in his hotel suite…Still in drama school, he was smart, talented, charming, handsome and clearly on his way to becoming a big star,” Hornery wrote.
“He also talked happily about the male celebrities he liked. I assumed he was gay and was impressed with his confidence and ease about his sexuality at such a young age.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Sheridan – a longtime friend of Rebel Wilson and Ramona Agruma and the man who originally arranged the couple on a blind date – disputed Hornery’s account of their meeting at the Lodges.
He also described the Herald article as “awful” and one that he still struggles to understand two years later.
“Andrew Hornery is someone I met at the Logies with my sister, but his memories of what happened are very different from mine and actually don’t fit my character,” he said.
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Hugh briefly dated Kurt Roberts shortly after coming out fluid in 2020
“It was everyone I wanted to accept and accept myself, but someone from my own community who knew me, went out of their way to cut my knees as I was learning to walk again.”
Sheridan also touched on the treatment of Wilson who was given a two-day “delay” by the SMH before they threatened to release her.
Bevan Shields, editor of Hornery and SMH, has therefore come under fire from around the world for his handling of the incident that led Wilson to “come out” on Instagram last Friday.
Hornery and SMH editor Bevan Shields have since apologized.
“Last week he did this to my friends, at least now people have noticed what I let slip because I’m used to that kind of venom in the columns.
“But it really, really hurt,” Sheridan said.
“He kicked me when I was most vulnerable. (I think) Australia needs to take a stand at the base of the big poppy and stop the BS from where it starts.
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However, Sheridan, who is now based in Los Angeles after moving from Sydney, said he did not want an apology from SMH for the 2020 piece.
Sheridan said the incident reminded him of his years studying drama at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney in the early 2000s, when he claimed he was encouraged by a teacher to conceal his sexuality.
“No, I don’t want an apology. His written word reminds me of when I was at NIDA and the teachers told me I could never talk about my sexuality or that I wouldn’t get a job.
“The underlying message was that the world was too homophobic to handle it.
“I feel sorry for them as I do for Andrew.
“I hope some of these comments help him, the readers and everyone else come into the present and realize that the days of labeling and exiting are over. Live and let live. ‘
Meanwhile, celebrities around the world continued to criticize the publication, including Whoopi Goldberg, who used her position as host of The View this week to tear up the tabloid.
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Goldberg was particularly scathing of Hornery’s apology where he said the Herald never intended to “take out” Wilson.
“If it wasn’t your intention, you wouldn’t have done it,” she said. ‘You knew exactly what you were doing… They say ‘Oh well people want to know’. I don’t care what people want to know, frankly. I want to keep my privacy. It should be my choice if I want to talk about something.
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