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Rebel Wilson says that she's handling a 'very hard situation' with 'grace' after a newspaper, accused of trying to out the actress, reported on her new girlfriend

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Rebel Wilson says that she's handling a 'very hard situation' with 'grace' after a newspaper, accused of trying to out the actress, reported on her new girlfriend
  • Rebel Wilson said that she's handling a "very hard situation" with "grace."
  • It comes after the Sydney Morning Herald was planning to write a story about Wilson's new girlfriend.

Rebel Wilson has responded after an Australian newspaper has been accused of trying to out the actress by reporting on her new relationship.

Last week, the Sydney Morning Herald published a now-removed opinion piece explaining that they reached out to the "Senior Year" actress so that she could provide a comment before they planned to announce her new relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma.

Some journalists, including Megha Mohanand and Tyson Shine, along with many of Rebel's fans took to social media to criticize the newspaper, accusing them of attempting to out the actress before she revealed the same-sex relationship.

One journalist, Kate Doak, was the first to report that Wilson's coming out may not have been her own choice.

"So apparently it wasn't @RebelWilson's choice to come out," Doak wrote on Twitter Friday, adding that the Sydney Morning Herald "have admitted to giving her a heads up 2 days in advance that they were going to 'out' her."

Wilson responded to Doak's tweet writing: "Thanks for your comments, it was a very hard situation but trying to handle it with grace."

The Sydney Morning Herald said they gave Wilson two days to comment on her new relationship, but later said they 'mishandled' reporting the story

Wilson announced her new relationship to Agruma on Instagram last Thursday.

As previously reported by Insider, Wilson uploaded a photo of herself and Agruma on the social media platform with the caption, "I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess #loveislove."

A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Andrew Hornery wrote on Saturday that Wilson posted about her new relationship after the Herald had reached out for comment with plans to write about it.

"In a perfect world, 'outing' same-sex celebrity relationships should be a redundant concept in 2022. Love is love, right?" Hornery wrote. "As Rebel Wilson knows, we do not live in a perfect world."

"So, it was an abundance of caution and respect that this media outlet emailed Rebel Wilson's representatives on Thursday morning, giving her two days to comment on her new relationship with another woman, LA leisure wear designer Ramona Agruma," Hornery continued, "before publishing a single word."

After backlash on social media, the opinion column was removed from the Herald's website. Instead, readers are now directed to another opinion piece by Hornery, published Monday, titled, "I made mistakes over Rebel Wilson, and will learn from them."

In the piece, the columnist wrote: "I genuinely regret that Rebel has found this hard. That was never my intention. But I see she has handled it all with extraordinary grace. As a gay man, I'm well aware of how deeply discrimination hurts. The last thing I would ever want to do is inflict that pain on someone else."

Hornery also clarified that by him asking Wilson to comment on her relationship, didn't mean he intended to out her.

"It is not the Herald's business to 'out' people and that is not what we set out to do. But I understand why my email has been seen as a threat. The framing of it was a mistake," he added.

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