The Senior Year star breathed a sigh of relief
Rebel Wilson proudly declared in June that she was a member of the LGBTQ+ community and shared a photo of herself with her girlfriend, Ramona Agruma.
However, shortly after her announcement, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article in which a writer slammed her post and claimed that the actress had “opted to gazump the story.”
The Australian Press Council, on the other hand, chastised the Herald’s approach and defended Rebel’s right to privacy.
The Pitch Perfect star remained relatively silent on the subject, but after the Council’s statement was released, she took to social media to express her own views.
Alongside a photo of the couple, she wrote: “Just seeing the news that the Australian Press Council has condemned the Sydney Morning Herald and their journalists for their recent grubby behavior in trying to out my same-sex relationship.
“And while I didn’t personally ask for any action to be taken I am glad that this has been officially recorded and recognized.
“Their actions did cause Ramona and me a lot of distress and while we’ve remained classy, there are still pains from having to rush this news publicly which we are dealing with.
“We move on, focusing on all the absolutely amazing new things in our life though! Sending love to everyone,” she concluded, immediately inundated with words of support and love.
In its statement, the APC said: “The Council considers that the tenor of the publication’s communications with Ms. Wilson concerning a deeply personal matter and the associated commentary on a matter which had no apparent connection to her public activities, intruded on her reasonable expectations of privacy.
“The Council considers that taken collectively, the article’s reference to ‘outing’ same-sex celebrity couples, its reference to giving Ms. Wilson two days to respond to information concerning her relationship, and its forthright criticism of her for not responding, was likely to cause substantial offense and distress.”