Brittany Hockley defends her ‘good friend’ Rebel Wilson after she was ‘outed’ by newspaper


The Bachelor’s Brittany Hockley defends her ‘good friend’ Rebel Wilson after she was ‘outed’ by newspaper: ‘Fancy getting mad at someone for telling their own story’

Brittany Hockley has spoken out in defense of Rebel Wilson after the actress was ‘outed’ by a newspaper. 

Rebel announced her new romance with girlfriend Ramona Agruma on Instagram last week, after learning that The Sydney Morning Herald was set to publish a story on the couple.

Appearing on her podcast, Life Uncut, on Tuesday, the former Bachelor star said: ‘Rebel is a really good friend of mine. We have been friends for a while now. I love her, respect her. She’s an incredible woman’. 

Brittany Hockley (right) has spoken out in defense of her good friend Rebel Wilson (left) after the actress was 'outed' by a newspaper

Brittany Hockley (right) has spoken out in defense of her good friend Rebel Wilson (left) after the actress was ‘outed’ by a newspaper

‘The irony – in 2022 – fancy getting mad at somebody for choosing to tell their own story about their relationship on their own social media,’ the 34-year-old continued, referring to journalist Andrew Hornery who broke the story in the press. 

‘And you have the audacity, sir, to write an article saying, “Who do you think you are to have told your own story?”‘ 

Rebel and Brittany are known to be close friends, and are often pictured on social media together, including on the set of Rebel’s recent film Senior Year.  

Appearing on her podcast, Life Uncut, on Tuesday, the former Bachelor star said: 'Rebel is a really good friend of mine. We have been friends for a while now. I love her, respect her. She's an incredible woman'

Appearing on her podcast, Life Uncut, on Tuesday, the former Bachelor star said: ‘Rebel is a really good friend of mine. We have been friends for a while now. I love her, respect her. She’s an incredible woman’

'The irony - in 2022 - fancy getting mad at somebody for choosing to tell their own story about their relationship on their own social media,' the 34-year-old continued, referring to journalist Andrew Hornery who broke the story in the press

‘The irony – in 2022 – fancy getting mad at somebody for choosing to tell their own story about their relationship on their own social media,’ the 34-year-old continued, referring to journalist Andrew Hornery who broke the story in the press

It comes after Sydney Morning Herald columnist Andrew Hornery apologised for the ‘tone’ of his controversial Rebel Wilson article published on Sunday, in which he complained about the star ‘gazumping’ his scoop on her same-sex relationship. 

In his apology on Monday, Hornery insisted it was never his intention to ‘inflict pain’ by contacting Rebel, 42, about her romance with Ramona Agruma. 

‘I genuinely regret that Rebel has found this hard. That was never my intention. But I see she has handled it all with extraordinary grace,’ he wrote in the column, which replaced Sunday’s version online.

Rebel and Brittany are known to be close friends, and are often pictured on social media together, including on the set of Rebel's recent film Senior Year (pictured)

Rebel and Brittany are known to be close friends, and are often pictured on social media together, including on the set of Rebel’s recent film Senior Year (pictured)  

The actress announced her new romance with girlfriend Ramona Agruma on Instagram last week, after learning that The Sydney Morning Herald was set to publish a story on the couple. Pictured together

The actress announced her new romance with girlfriend Ramona Agruma on Instagram last week, after learning that The Sydney Morning Herald was set to publish a story on the couple. Pictured together  

‘As a gay man I’m well aware of how deeply discrimination hurts. The last thing I would ever want to do is inflict that pain on someone else.’ 

Hornery said he thought that his article would be a ‘happy story’ after seeing several months of photos of the pair together on her Instagram page.

‘I assumed there was a good chance she might be happy to discuss it,’ he explained. 

‘She had already revealed a month ago that she had been dating and was very happy.’

Newspaper gossip columnist Andrew Hornery (pictured) has apologised for the 'tone' of his recent article about Rebel Wilson 'gazumping' his scoop on her same-sex relationship

Newspaper gossip columnist Andrew Hornery (pictured) has apologised for the ‘tone’ of his recent article about Rebel Wilson ‘gazumping’ his scoop on her same-sex relationship 

The gossip columnist added he never meant his request for comment to be a threat, but rather to ‘make it clear’ that he was ‘sufficiently confident with his information and to open a conversation’.

The Hollywood actress came out on Friday with a gushing Instagram post announcing her new love of six months, to the delight of her 11.1 million followers.

‘I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess,’ Rebel captioned the post.

Rebel broke her silence about claims she was going to be 'outed' by Hornery on Sunday before she went public with her new girlfriend Ramona

Rebel broke her silence about claims she was going to be ‘outed’ by Hornery on Sunday before she went public with her new girlfriend Ramona 

Hornery subsequently hit out at Wilson’s decision to ‘gazump’ his scoop, arguing he found out about the relationship and was going to publish a story about it.

A wave of backlash followed in response to Hornery planning to ‘out’ Wilson, and then complaining about her taking control of the announcement.

‘Thanks for your comments, it was a very hard situation but trying to handle it with grace,’ Wilson wrote in reply to a Twitter post by Channel 10’s Kate Doak.  

On Sunday night, the 42-year-old actress replied to her fans who had shown support in the wake of the backlash surrounding the Sydney Morning Herald article, which went to print one day after Rebel announced the romance herself on social media

On Sunday night, the 42-year-old actress replied to her fans who had shown support in the wake of the backlash surrounding the Sydney Morning Herald article, which went to print one day after Rebel announced the romance herself on social media 

But hours later Sydney Morning Herald gossip columnist Andrew Hornery hit out at Wilson's decision to 'gazump' his scoop, arguing he found out about the relationship and was going to publish a story about it

But hours later Sydney Morning Herald gossip columnist Andrew Hornery hit out at Wilson’s decision to ‘gazump’ his scoop, arguing he found out about the relationship and was going to publish a story about it 

Doak wrote: ‘So apparently it wasn’t Rebel Wilson’s choice to come out. The SMH/The Age have admitted to giving her a heads up two days in advance that they were going to ‘out’ her. What’s worse, openly gay men at the Sydney Morning Herald were involved in this.’ 

Hornery wrote he gave Wilson two days to respond to questioning, effectively forcing the actress’ hand, yet became angry when the star chose to take control of the narrative herself.

‘It was with an abundance of caution and respect that this media outlet emailed Rebel Wilson’s representatives on Thursday morning, giving her two days to comment on her new relationship with LA leisure wear designer Ramona Agruma, before publishing a single word,’ he wrote. 

Wilson wrote in reply to a Twitter post by Channel 10's Kate Doak, who was one of many readers angry that Hornery's column planned to reveal her relationship

 Wilson wrote in reply to a Twitter post by Channel 10’s Kate Doak, who was one of many readers angry that Hornery’s column planned to reveal her relationship

‘Big mistake. Wilson opted to gazump the story, posting about her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning, the same platform she had previously used to brag about her handsome ex-boyfriend, wealthy American beer baron Jacob Busch.

‘Considering how bitterly Wilson had complained about poor journalism standards… her choice ignore our discreet genuine and honest queries was underwhelming.’

The article prompted a major backlash on social media with users bowled over by the newspaper’s insensitivity, prompting editor Bevan Shields to pen a lengthy statement denying any wrongdoing and wishing the couple well. 

The Pitch Perfect star topped off her sweet caption with rainbow and heart emoji, adding the hashtag #loveislove

The Pitch Perfect star topped off her sweet caption with rainbow and heart emoji, adding the hashtag #loveislove

‘Our weekly Private Sydney celebrity column last week asked Wilson if she wished to comment about her new partner. We would have asked the same questions had Wilson’s new partner been a man. To say that the Herald ‘outed’ Wilson is wrong,’ Shields wrote in ‘A note on Rebel Wilson‘.

‘Like other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and as standard practice included a deadline for a response. I had made no decision about whether or what to publish, and the Herald’s decision about what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson supplied.

‘Wilson made the decision to publicly disclose her new partner – who had been a feature of her social media accounts for months.’

Although Friday marked Wilson and Agruma's official debut as a couple, the pair have actually been spotted together on several occasions in the past few months - even making a joint red carpet appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party back in March. Pictured: Rebel and Ramona on April 2 in Utah

Although Friday marked Wilson and Agruma’s official debut as a couple, the pair have actually been spotted together on several occasions in the past few months – even making a joint red carpet appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party back in March. Pictured: Rebel and Ramona on April 2 in Utah

A small article on Rebel and Ramona, 38, announcing the relationship, also ran in the Sydney Morning Herald’s print edition on Saturday. 

The Sydney Morning Herald did reveal the pair have already ‘discussed marriage and starting a family together’. 

A source also told People Magazine that their relationship is very serious and they have been dating each other for the last six months.

Actor and singer Hugh Sheridan (centre) introduced the happy couple to each other after deciding he would dedicate time to finding a perfect match for Rebel

Actor and singer Hugh Sheridan (centre) introduced the happy couple to each other after deciding he would dedicate time to finding a perfect match for Rebel

Actor and singer Hugh Sheridan said he introduced the happy couple to each other six months ago after deciding he would dedicate time to finding a perfect match for Rebel. 

‘I’d been setting Rebel up with various people and Ramona up with various people. I’m a bit of a matchmaker in my spare time, but Rebel was a really hard one and so was Ramona,’ he told 2Day FM.  

Although Friday marked Wilson and Agruma’s official debut as a couple, the pair have actually been spotted together on several occasions in the past few months – even making a joint red carpet appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party back in March. 

'I'd been setting Rebel up with various people and Ramona up with various people. I'm a bit of a matchmaker in my spare time, but Rebel was a really hard one and so was Ramona,' he told 2Day FM

‘I’d been setting Rebel up with various people and Ramona up with various people. I’m a bit of a matchmaker in my spare time, but Rebel was a really hard one and so was Ramona,’ he told 2Day FM 

They were also spotted together in February on Super Bowl Sunday, and Agruma subsequently joined Wilson for her birthday trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico in early March.

The duo then enjoyed another getaway in April, this time to Park City, Utah, where they were seen attending another red carpet event, before hitting the slopes for some skiing. 

As well as their under-the-radar public appearances together, Agruma has also been a fixture on Wilson’s Instagram in recent months, though she wasn’t presented as anything other than a friend. 

The duo then enjoyed another getaway in April, this time to Park City, Utah, where they were seen attending another red carpet event, before hitting the slopes for some skiing

The duo then enjoyed another getaway in April, this time to Park City, Utah, where they were seen attending another red carpet event, before hitting the slopes for some skiing 

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