This news has upset fans as well as other journalists.
As we previously reported, Wilson introduced her new girlfriend, fashion designer Ramona Agruma on social media on Thursday.
“I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess 💗🌈💗#loveislove,” the “Pitch Perfect” actress captioned a photo of herself with Agruma.
“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, before publishing a single word,” the op-ed published on June 10 reads.
“Big mistake. Wilson opted to gazump the story, posting about her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning,” he continued.
“Considering how bitterly Wilson had complained about poor journalism standards when she successfully sued Woman’s Day for defamation, her choice to ignore our discreet, genuine and honest queries was, in our view, underwhelming.”
So apparently it wasn't @RebelWilson's choice to come out… The @smh/@theage have admitted to giving her a heads up 2 days in advance that they were going to "out" her. What's worse, openly gay men at the Sydney Morning Herald were involved in this. 🤦🏼♀️ https://t.co/Zl80zg01SW— Kate Doak (@katedoak) June 11, 2022
“So apparently it wasn’t @RebelWilson’s choice to come out… The @smh/@theage have admitted to giving her a heads up 2 days in advance that they were going to ‘out’ her,” Doak tweeted to which Wilson replied.
“Thanks for your comments, it was a very hard situation but trying to handle it with grace,” the singer wrote.
On Sunday, The Herald editor Bevan Shields then issued a statement in response to the events, denying any misconduct.
“Our weekly Private Sydney celebrity column last week asked Wilson if she wished to comment about her new partner,” Shields explained. “We would have asked the same questions had Wilson’s new partner been a man. To say that the Herald ‘outed’ Wilson is wrong.”
“Like other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and as standard practice included a deadline for a response,” he added. “I had made no decision about whether or what to publish, and the Herald’s decision about what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson supplied.”
Reactions to An Australian Newspaper Forces Rebel Wilson To Come Out
i am so beyond disgusted at this. turns out rebel wilson only came out to avoid being forcefully outed and now that newspaper is pissed at her for ruining their scoop?? so they wrote this mess?? i am so angry and so sorry for rebel, no one deserves this. pic.twitter.com/PTnTqzr9VI— theresa 🌈 (@sapphoslibrary) June 11, 2022
Rebel Wilson was outed!— Joe Ball (@Joe_c_Ball) June 11, 2022
Coming out has always been part of LGBTIQ+ rights movements, visibility creates acceptance and understanding. Being outed – the inverse, it creates shame, stigma and repression.
Don’t out people, help change the world so no one needs to be in or out.
I don't particularly care for Rebel Wilson, but she didn't deserve to be outed.— 💖💜💙 thisisbiscuit (@we_are_biscuit) June 11, 2022
The fact that Rebel Wilson had to come out to avoid being outed by a ‘journalist’ is appalling. The fact that the ‘journalist’ then wrote an article angry at Rebel for owning her own truth? There are no words.— A Queer Investor (@aqueerinvestor) June 12, 2022
I love how people are talking about Rebel Wilson like m-spec people don't exist and queer women only ever date men because comphet. Bad enough that she was forcibly outed, but maybe don't assume anything that she hasn't directly said?— Hadal Sovereign (@VictoriousBard) June 11, 2022
I don’t understand the SMH’s defence of outing (or not outing) Rebel Wilson: ‘We would have asked the same questions had Wilson’s new partner been a man’. The fact that Wilson’s new partner is NOT a man is the issue. That fact alone outed her.— Troy Simpson (@TroyPSimpson) June 12, 2022