Less than three days ago, Australian Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson announced through an Instagram message that she was in a relationship with a woman. It seemed a spontaneous and cheerful announcement, but why now? Few wondered that. It now appears that the actress would have been pressured by an Australian newspaper: if she did not announce her relationship within two days, the newspaper would publish the news.
On Sunday morning, Wilson seemed to confirm that the contact she had had with the Australian newspaper ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ had not been a pleasant one. The actress responded to a message saying that the Herald would have informed her two days earlier that they were going to publish her sexuality. “Thank you for your comments, it was a very difficult situation but I am trying to handle it in a stylish way”.
The Herald denies that any pressure was put on the Australian:
Wilson was asked to say something about her new partner. We would have asked the same questions if Wilson’s new partner had been a man. As other headlines do every day, we simply asked the questions and, as standard practice, set a deadline for waiting for a response.
Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields
The news of the alleged pressure hit like a bomb, especially since the journalist behind it is a gay man himself. In the meantime, the writer of the piece about Wilson has placed an explanation on the website of the newspaper.
I sincerely regret that Rebel found this difficult. That was not my intention. I can see she’s handled it all extremely stylishly. As a gay man, I know all too well how painful discrimination is. The last thing I would ever want to do is inflict that pain on someone else.
He also explains how he came to suspect that Wilson might have a relationship with a woman and what he wrote to her management in response to this suspicion. A copy of this can be seen on the website of the Australian newspaper.