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Rebel Wilson fans have flocked to support her new relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma, while snapping the ultimatum issued by a Sydney Morning Herald columnist.
The LGBTQ+ community reacted strongly to the news the Sydney Morning Herald gave Australian-born actor Rebel Wilson two days in advance that she would be ‘outlined’ in a report last week.
Private Sydney columnist Andrew Hornery wrote on Saturday June 11: ‘It is therefore with great caution and respect that this outlet has emailed representatives for Rebel Wilson on Thursday morning giving him two days to comment on his new relationship with another woman, LA casual wear designer Ramona Agruma, before posting a single word.
Hornery said the advance warning was a “big mistake”. “Wilson chose to contemplate history, posting her new ‘Disney Princess’ to Instagram early Friday morning, the same platform she had previously used to brag about her handsome ex-boyfriend, the wealthy Baron of American beer Jacob Busch.”
Journalist Kate Doak from Network 10, who is openly gay, transitioned from male to female and came out in her early 20s, said on Twitter: ‘Heartbroken to see this still happening today . LGBTIQ+ people go through a lot, and whether they’re @RebelWilson, a kid, or 80, they shouldn’t have to deal with this.
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Doak’s response generated a flood of comments. [email protected] said, “Yeah, an ultimatum isn’t respect,” while another Twitter user, Nonbinary [email protected], wrote, “If it comes with a else it’s not even a ultimatum is blackmail!”
Ian Parry-Okeden @IanParryO echoed the view of most Tweets: “Professional advice on coming out is first and foremost, it’s always your decision. In a world full of hatred and violence against LGBT people, only you have the right to decide when it is safe to come out. The @smh got lost.
Another Twitter user commented: “The newspaper has taken a pretty aggressive stance – either you talk to us now so we can quote you and call it an exclusive story or we publish what we have. Does the Sydney Morning Herald need reminding that Rebel Wilson is really very good at successfully suing newspapers?
Rebel Wilson’s Instagram post shows a happy photo of the couple with the caption, “I thought I was looking for a Disney prince…but maybe what I really needed all this time was a princess Disney.”
Wilson has received a flood of positive comments and support since her post, with many actors including Anna Kendrick, Melanie Griffith and Selma Blair supporting her.
The Sydney Morning Herald story also said the pair had become very close in a short time, with Wilson’s mother flying to Los Angeles to meet Agruma. The couple reportedly openly discussed marriage and starting a family.