Rebel Wilson has slammed an Australian gossip columnist, saying he was ‘threatening to out’ her relationship with Ramona Agruma.
The Hollywood actress, 42, called out Sydney Morning Herald columnist Andrew Hornery after he forced her into going public along with her relationship back in June, despite a few of their relations not even aware that they were dating.
‘I just thought it was sort of grubby behaviour,’ she told The Australian.
Rebel Wilson (right), 42, has slammed an Australian gossip columnist after he threatened to out her relationship with Ramona Agruma (left)
‘Principally, with the situation where a journalist is threatening to out you, you’ve got to rush, and a few people we didn’t get a probability to inform before it got here out publicly. And that’s not ideal.’
In June, the Bridesmaids star and her Los Angeles dressmaker girlfriend were forced to publicly announce that they’d been dating.
Hornery himself revealed he gave Wilson ‘two days to comment’ upon learning of their relationship.
‘Big mistake,’ reflected the journalist later. ‘Wilson opted to gazump the story,’ he wrote in his regular Herald column.
They weren’t keeping their relationship a secret as they’d had been seeing one another for several months prior.
The Pitch Perfect star got here out with a gushing Instagram post by which she introduced her girlfriend of six months.
‘I believed I used to be looking for a Disney Prince… but possibly what I actually needed all this time was a Disney Princess,’ she captioned the post.
The Hollywood actress called out Sydney Morning Herald columnist Andrew Hornery (pictured) after he forced her into going public along with her relationship, despite a few of their relations not even aware that they were dating
‘I just thought it was sort of grubby behaviour,’ she told The Australian
The columnist claimed that he had contacted Wilson’s representatives, informing them about his plans to pen a story about her romance, and that he gave them two days to comment.
A wave of backlash followed, with critics accusing Hornery of attempting to ‘out’ Wilson and slamming him for then complaining about her taking control of the announcement.
Rebel Wilson (right) broke her silence in June about claims she was going to be ‘outed’ by a newspaper before she went public along with her latest girlfriend Ramona Agruma (left)
Wilson broke her silence in a reply to a Twitter post by Channel 10’s Kate Doak.
‘Thanks on your comments, it was a really hard situation but attempting to handle it with grace,’ Wilson wrote.
Sydney Morning Herald Editor’s full statement on Rebel Wilson ‘outing’ backlash
‘On Saturday, The Herald published an article about Australian actor Rebel Wilson and her latest partner Ramona Agruma. The article ran online and was a small item on page 36 of Saturday’s print edition.
‘The article has promoted some public attention and I have been reading this feedback closely. Within the interests of transparency I desired to offer The Herald’s view on this issue.
‘Our weekly Private Sydney celebrity column last week asked Wilson if she wished to comment about her latest partner. We’d have asked the identical questions had Wilson’s latest partner been a person.
‘To say that The Herald ”outed” Wilson is mistaken. Like other mastheads do day by day, we simply asked questions and as standard practice included a deadline for a response.
‘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.
‘Wilson made the choice to publicly disclose her latest partner – who had been a feature of her social media accounts for months.
‘Private Sydney is a column by which the author’s interaction along with his subjects is commonly a part of the story. Saturday’s piece followed that theme in giving readers insights into our interaction with Wilson and her PR team. This was not a typical news story.
‘We wish Wilson and Agruma well.’
Doak had written: ‘So apparently it wasn’t Rebel Wilson’s selection to return out. The SMH/The Age have admitted to giving her a heads up two days prematurely that they were going to ‘out’ her. What’s worse, openly gay men on the Sydney Morning Herald were involved on this.’
Hornery wrote he gave Wilson two days to answer questioning, effectively forcing the actress’ hand, yet became offended when the star selected to take control of the narrative herself.
‘It was with 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 latest relationship with LA leisure wear designer Ramona Agruma, before publishing a single word,’ he wrote.
‘Big mistake. Wilson opted to gazump the story, posting about her latest ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning, the identical platform she had previously used to brag about her handsome ex-boyfriend, wealthy American beer baron Jacob Busch.
‘Considering how bitterly Wilson had complained about poor journalism standards… her selection ignore our discreet real and honest queries was underwhelming.’
The article prompted a significant backlash on social media with users bowled over by the newspaper’s insensitivity, prompting editor Bevan Shields to pen a lengthy statement denying any wrongdoing and wishing the couple well.
‘Our weekly Private Sydney celebrity column last week asked Wilson if she wished to comment about her latest partner. We’d have asked the identical questions had Wilson’s latest partner been a person. To say that the Herald ‘outed’ Wilson is mistaken,’ Shields wrote in ‘A note on Rebel Wilson‘.
‘Like other mastheads do day by day, we simply asked questions and as standard practice included a deadline for a response. 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.
‘Wilson made the choice to publicly disclose her latest partner – who had been a feature of her social media accounts for months.’
A small article on Rebel and Ramona, 38, announcing the connection, also ran within the Sydney Morning Herald’s print edition on Saturday.
The Sydney Morning Herald did reveal the pair have already ‘discussed marriage and starting a family together’.
A source also told People Magazine that their relationship may be very serious they usually have been dating one another for the last six months.
‘It has been very cool for Rebel’s friends to see her this secure with someone’, they said.
The Pitch Perfect star topped off her sweet caption with rainbow and heart emoji, adding the hashtag #loveislove
Many readers expressed outright anger on the paper’s approach to the story, with one social media user writing: ‘am so beyond disgusted at this. seems [Wilson] only got here out to avoid being forcefully outed and now that newspaper is pissed at her for ruining their scoop??’
LGBTQ+ campaigners also voiced their criticism of the paper, arguing that every individual should give you the chance to come to a decision how and once they need to share news of a same-sex relationship.
A Stonewall spokesperson said : ‘Coming out is a deeply personal decision. Whether, when and how one can come out must be decided by the person, entirely on their terms.
‘It is just not OK to ”out” LGBTQ+ people or put pressure on us to return out.
‘Media outlets should take care to not sensationalise LGBTQ+ lives and relationships.’
Hornery published a column by which he accused Wilson of ‘gazumping’ his scoop by going public along with her relationship – which he had been planning to publish a story about
Actor and singer Hugh Sheridan said he introduced the blissful couple to one another six months ago after deciding he would dedicate time to finding an ideal match for Rebel.
‘I’d been setting Rebel up with various people and Ramona up with various people. I’m a little bit of a matchmaker in my spare time, but Rebel was a very hard one and so was Ramona,’ he told 2Day FM.
Wilson and Agruma have actually been spotted together on several occasions prior to now few months prior to going public – even making a joint red carpet appearance on the Vanity Fair Oscars party back in March.
The duo happily posed together for the cameras, with each women putting on an incredibly glamorous display in glitzy gowns, with Wilson choosing a shimmering silver number, while Agruma dazzled in glittery blue.
Actor and singer Hugh Sheridan (centre) introduced the blissful couple to one another after deciding he would dedicate time to finding an ideal match for Rebel
‘I’d been setting Rebel up with various people and Ramona up with various people. I’m a little bit of a matchmaker in my spare time, but Rebel was a very hard one and so was Ramona,’ he told 2Day FM
They were also spotted together in February on Super Bowl Sunday, and Agruma subsequently joined Wilson for her birthday trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico in early March.
The duo then enjoyed one other getaway in April, this time to Park City, Utah, where they were seen attending one other red carpet event, before hitting the slopes for some skiing.
The actress did reveal in May that she was dating someone, although she kept their identity under wraps, telling Those that she had been arrange along with her partner – considered Agruma – ‘through a friend’, before spending weeks ‘attending to know one another’ on the phone.
‘We spoke on the phone for weeks before meeting,’ Wilson revealed on the time. ‘And that was a very good method to get to know one another. It was a bit old-school in that sense — very romantic.’
Although Wilson’s post in June marked her and Agruma’s official debut as a pair, the pair have actually been spotted together on several occasions prior to now few months – even making a joint red carpet appearance on the Vanity Fair Oscars party back in March. Pictured: Rebel and Ramona on April 2 in Utah
She also shared how ‘the means of finding more self-worth’ had ‘elevated’ her standards when it comes to what she was searching for in a partner, describing her romance along with her latest girlfriend as ‘equal’ and ‘healthy’.
In addition to their under-the-radar public appearances together, Agruma has also been a fixture on Wilson’s Instagram in recent months, though she wasn’t presented as anything aside from a friend.
Rebel’s most up-to-date confirmed partner was Jacob Busch, of the Anheuser-Busch brewing company family.
She and the heir began dating shortly before the coronavirus pandemic began, they usually made their red carpet debut in Monaco, but the connection only lasted 4 months and ended around February 2021.
Earlier this 12 months, the comic star had been rumored to be dating the Australian tennis player Matt Reid, though that relationship was never confirmed.
The duo then enjoyed one other getaway in April, this time to Park City, Utah, where they were seen attending one other red carpet event, before hitting the slopes for some skiing