Rebel Wilson with Ramona Agruma in April 2022. (Getty)
Rebel Wilson fans are furious after the Sydney Morning Herald revealed the plan was to release information about the actress’ relationship before she could come out herself.
On Thursday (9.6.) the Pitch perfect and bridesmaidThe star announced her relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma on Instagram.
Sharing a photo of herself with her partner, she wrote, “I thought I was looking for a Disney prince… but maybe all this time I really needed a Disney princess.”
Fans were over the moon that she decided to come out, but on Saturday (Nov. Sydney Morning Herald Columnist Andrew Hornery revealed that the newspaper planned to tell the world about Wilson’s relationship before it was able to do so itself.
In an opinion piece, Hornery wrote: “In a perfect world, ‘coming out’ of same-sex relationships with celebrities in 2022 should be a redundant concept. love is love right?
“As Rebel Wilson knows, we don’t live in a perfect world.
“So it was an act of caution and respect that this media outlet emailed Rebel Wilson’s representatives on Thursday morning, giving her two days to explore her new relationship with another woman, the LA casual wear designer.” Ramona Agruma to comment before posting a single word. ”
Hornery described warning the actor in advance of the play as a “big mistake”, saying that Wilson “saw through the story” by coming out on her own terms.
“Your decision to ignore our discreet, genuine and honest questions was underwhelming in our opinion,” he added.
The piece was immediately met with backlash, with journalist Chris Scullion tweeting: “F**king shameful of the Sydney Morning Herald. They pretended to be generous, giving Rebel Wilson two days to come out before outing her themselves, and then getting arsey for calling her bluff against her will.
“Never has @SMH been a more accurate username.”
Damn shameful from the Sydney Morning Herald. They pretended to be generous, giving Rebel Wilson two days to come out before outing her themselves, and then getting arsey for calling her bluff against her will. Never @smh was a more accurate username pic.twitter.com/v2SDZHVx9s
— Chris Scullion (@scully1888) June 11, 2022
He added that the newspaper “pretended to be acting ethically, having already confirmed that it intended to out her.”
That Great British Bake Off‘s Michael Chakraverty told that Sydney Morning Herald: “You should be ashamed of yourselves. Threatening to come out and then getting angry that they decided to do it themselves? despicable.”
Sorry but I’m not finished yet. this is beyond unacceptable. They are despicable gutter journalists.
— Michael Chakraverty (@mschakraverty) June 11, 2022
This journalist is a piece of shit. An absolute idiot. his newspaper @smh threatened with the end @RebelWilson but she took that power back, and then he and his newspaper had the audacity to lament about it. If you do that, you’re not a journalist, you scum. https://t.co/ASoEJcKTcP
— 𝘿𝙧𝙚𝙭 ⚡ (@drex) June 11, 2022
In case you were wondering how Pride Month is going, the @smh I got in touch with Rebel Wilson to tell her they would be outing her in the next few days. When Rebel herself came out, journalists threw a tantrum that she robbed them of an exclusivity.
— dr Bodie A Ashton (@manwithoutatan) June 11, 2022
It’s pretty clear that Rebel Wilson was forced to come out, probably sooner than she wanted. These kinds of trips were common in the 80’s and early 90’s. It was cruel then and cruel now.
— Dana Piccoli (@DanaPiccoli) June 11, 2022
“It’s pretty clear that Rebel Wilson was forced to come out, probably sooner than she wanted to,” said author Dana Piccoli.
“Those kinds of outings were common in the ’80s and early ’90s. It was cruel then and cruel now.”
PinkNews has approached it Sydney Morning Herald and representatives from Rebel Wilson for comment.