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Rebel Wilson confirms she was almost out; the newspaper apologizes

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When Australian actor Rebel Wilson posted on Instagram last week that she was in a relationship with a woman, fans and friends flooded in with comments offering their support.

“I thought I was looking for a Disney Prince…but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess,” Wilson wrote in the caption Thursday.

But in the days that followed, the ‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘Senior Year’ star confirmed that her decision to come out was not entirely her own – a celebrity gossip columnist for an Australian newspaper was planning to publish an article on the actor’s relationship with designer Ramona Agruma.

“It was a very difficult situation, but I was trying to handle it with grace,” she said. tweeted Sunday.

In a column now deleted Saturday for the Sydney Morning Herald, journalist Andrew Hornery wrote that he had emailed Wilson’s representatives two days before publication seeking comment on his new relationship.

He added that instead of responding, Wilson “chose to contemplate the story” by announcing on Instagram that she was dating Agruma before the newspaper was published – a move Hornery called “disappointing.”

Representatives for Wilson did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment Sunday evening.

The column was criticized by fans, LGBTQ groups and other journalists, who criticized Hornery for planning a story that would “overtake” Wilson.

‘Still in shock that a publication gave someone a deadline to release them in 2022’, BBC’s Megha Mohan tweeted. “I may be incredibly naive, but that’s what I imagined in the gutter press of the 90s and most journalists have had huge shifts in standards since then.”

Herald editor Bevan Shields responded to the backlash on Sunday, defending Hornery’s column. He noted that the writer often chronicles his interactions with celebrities, adding that the column “wasn’t standard reporting.”

“We would have asked the same questions if Wilson’s new partner had been a man,” Shields wrote. “To say that the Messengergot out ‘ Wilson is wrong.

The newspaper was simply asking questions – a “common practice”, he continued.

“I had made no decision as to whether or what to publish, and the Herald’s decision on what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson provided,” Shields wrote.

But on Monday, the paper had replaced Hornery’s original column with a new one, in which the writer revisited his Saturday article and apologized for his insensitive tone. Hornery wrote that he had learned “some new and difficult lessons” and that he and his editors “mismanaged the stages of our approach”.

Hornery said his email to Wilson’s publicists was not intended to be threatening and the paper did not want to “unmask” people. He acknowledged that his note may have been threatening, adding that “the framing was a mistake”.

“I sincerely regret that Rebel found this difficult,” Hornery wrote. “It was never my intention. … As a homosexual, I am well aware of the deep pain of discrimination.