Before coming out, Rebel Wilson was in a ‘hard situation’

Rebel Wilson hits the road after an Australian newspaper threatened to publicize her relationship with Ramona Agruma without her consent.

The Isn’t It Romantic star responded Sunday to a journalist who criticized the Sydney Morning Herald for trying to out Wilson, who had never publicly dated a woman before. On Thursday, Wilson slammed the publication by confirming that she’s dating Agruma via Instagram.

In a tweet, Kate Doak, a reporter for Australian television news program 10 News First, criticized the Sydney Morning Herald for informing Wilson “two days in advance that they were going to come out” and bemoaned the fact that “obviously gay men at the Sydney Morning Herald were involved.”

In response to Doak’s criticism, Wilson tweeted, “Thanks for your comments, it’s been a very difficult situation but I’ve tried to handle it with grace.”

The ‘Pitch Perfect’ actor’s comments come shortly after the Sydney Morning Herald published an opinion piece on Saturday criticizing her for coming out on her own terms despite efforts to embarrass her. The media outlet claimed to have shown “an abundance of caution and respect” by emailing Wilson’s team and giving the performer “two days to comment on her new relationship” with Agruma before sharing a story about it couple released.

“Big mistake,” wrote Andrew Hornery, columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Wilson decided to keep the story going by posting about her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning, the same platform she had previously used to meet her handsome ex-boyfriend, wealthy American beer baron Jacob Bush to brag.

“She even had her ‘bestie,’ actor Hugh Sheridan, who gave Friday morning radio interviews on breakfast FM in which he boasted about having introduced the women to each other six months ago. Apparently they hit it off pretty straight away but kept the relationship under wraps.”

The Sydney Morning Herald article immediately took to social media, where Doak and many others chastised the magazine for forcing Wilson to go public with their relationship. Supporters of the “Senior Year” producer took to Twitter to describe the Sydney Morning Herald’s actions as “shameful”, “disgusting” and “disgusting”.

“June is a good time to remember that we, the media, need to get better at handling news about the LGBTQ+ community,” sportswriter Ines Braga Sampaio tweeted.

“Bullying is not journalism. Coming out someone will never be journalism. What the Sydney Morning Herald did to Rebel Wilson is bullying.”

In a statement released on Sunday, Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields insisted that “to say that the Herald has ‘outed’ Wilson is incorrect,” arguing that the newspaper was “simply asking questions and as standard practice set a deadline for a reply”.

On Thursday, Wilson posted a photo on Instagram with her friend Agruma, a Los Angeles-based fashion and jewelry designer known for her casual Lemon Ve Limon clothing line.

“I thought I was looking for a Disney prince… but maybe I really needed a Disney princess all along,” Wilson captioned the picture. “#Love is love.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-12/rebel-wilson-girlfriend-ramona-agruma-sydney-morning-herald Before coming out, Rebel Wilson was in a ‘hard situation’

Sarah Ridley

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