Forced to come out was ‘very difficult’

Rebel Wilson said being forced to come out to her friend, Ramona Agruma, was “really difficult” after an Australian newspaper accused her of ruining the exclusive scoop.

In response to the outcry over the Sydney Morning Herald’s article, the “Senior Year” star tweeted“Thank you for your comments, it was a very difficult situation, but I tried to handle it with grace 💗.”

Wilson revealed on Thursday that the relationship she’s been teasing for a few months was with Agruma, who she described as her “Disney Princess.”

A few days later, Andrew Hornery of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote a piece explaining that they intended to report on the relationship and giving Wilson and her team two days to comment before publishing it.

“Wilson chose to watch and post the story about her new ‘Disney Princess,'” Hornery wrote. The opinion also commented on the 42-year-old Wilson’s previous relationship with Jacob Busch.

Social media immediately criticized Hornery and the publication for what many believe was blackmailing Wilson; However, Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Bevan Shields denied that the newspaper had “spotted” the Pitch Perfect star in a statement released Sunday.

“Our weekly celebrity column in Private Sydney last week asked Wilson to say something about her new partner. We would have asked the same questions if Wilson’s new partner had been male,” he wrote. “To say the Herald ‘outed’ Wilson is wrong.”

ramona gruma, rebel wilson and two men around a dining table
The ‘Senior Year’ star confirmed her relationship with Ramona Agruma last week.
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“Like other mastheads do every day, we just asked questions and by default there was a deadline for a response,” continues Shields. “I had not made a decision on whether or not to publish and the Herald’s decision as to what to do would have been informed by a response Wilson had given.”

Hornery’s statement ended by wishing the couple “well.”

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