Australian actress Rebel Wilson says she was put in a “very difficult situation” by a newspaper before she came out. She tried to “manage the situation with decency” by publicly admitting to her relationship with a woman on Friday, Wilson wrote on Twitter. The day before, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that it knew about the relationship and gave Wilson two days to make a statement.
“Big mistake. Wilson decided to twist the story and posted about her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning,” gossip columnist Andrew Hornery wrote in an article published Saturday. Activists and fans then accused the newspaper of forcing Wilson – who had not publicly disclosed her sexual orientation until then – to come out.
The newspaper initially denied pressuring Wilson, stating that it had asked questions about Wilson’s relationship “with an excess of caution and respect”. Editor Bevan Shields stated, “We would have asked the same questions if Wilson’s new partner had been a man.”
The Sydney Morning Herald removed the article from its website on Monday. Hornery acknowledged the paper’s “mishandling” of Wilson’s outing.
Wilson is known from the film series “Pitch Perfect”. She made her relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma public on Instagram on Friday.