Actress Rebel Wilson said the Australian newspaper put her in a “very difficult situation” after fans accused the publication of forcing her to reveal her relationship with a woman.
The Pitch Perfect actress posted a selfie with her Disney Princess co-star on Instagram on Friday, the day before the premiere. Sydney Morning Herald revealed he knew about the relationship and gave Wilson two days to comment.
On social media, LGBTQIA+ activists and others have accused the newspaper of forcing Wilson, who has not publicly revealed her sexuality, to reveal herself.
The publication denied pressuring Wilson and said it was “just asking questions.”
In her first comments on the controversy, Wilson on Sunday responded to a Twitter user who accused the post of giving two days’ notice that they were going to fire the actor.
“It was a very difficult situation, but I tried to handle it with grace,” Wilson tweeted.
According to the newspaper, her gossip columnist asked Wilson questions about her relationship “with great care and respect.”
“Big mistake. Wilson decided to highlight this story by posting about her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning,” columnist Andrew Hornery wrote in an article published on Saturday.
As outrage grew on social media, editor Bevan Shields defended the column.
“We would ask the same questions if Wilson’s new partner was a man,” Shields wrote.
This was not Wilson’s first dispute with the Australian media – in 2017 she was awarded a record A$4.7 million ($3.3 million) for defamation for a series of articles alleging she lied about her name. age and childhood to get ahead in Hollywood.
After the magazine’s publisher successfully appealed, Wilson’s reward was increased to A$600,000. AP/UB
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