After fans accused an Australian newspaper of forcing her to divulge her relationship with a woman, actor Rebel Wilson said the magazine had put her in a “really difficult situation.”
On Friday, the ‘Pitch Perfect’ actor shared a selfie with her “Disney Princess” boyfriend on Instagram, a day before the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the connection had been known for two days and that Wilson had been given two days to reply. On social media, LGBTQIA+ activists and others accused the newspaper of pressuring Wilson to reveal her sexuality, despite the fact that she had not done so publicly.
The Herald claimed it had “merely asked inquiries” and denied pressing Wilson.
Wilson responded to a Twitter user who accused the Herald of giving two days’ warning before outing the actor in her first comments on the controversy on Sunday.
Wilson wrote, “It was a very difficult circumstance, but I tried to manage it with grace.”
Wilson’s relationship was questioned by the newspaper’s gossip columnist “with an abundance of caution and respect,” according to the newspaper.
“That was a huge blunder. Wilson chose to jump ahead of the narrative by announcing her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning “In an article published on Saturday, journalist Andrew Hornery wrote.
Herald editor Bevan Shields defended the column as uproar grew on social media.
“Had Wilson’s new companion been a guy, we would have posed the same questions,” Shields wrote.
Wilson has fought the Australian media before; in 2017, she was given a record AUS$4.7 million ($3.3 million) defamation settlement following a series of articles alleging she had lied about her name, age, and childhood to advance in Hollywood.
Wilson’s award was reduced to A$600,000 after the magazine publisher successfully appealed.