The actor is just as vulnerable as anyone else. I know that being outed early would have severely affected my wellbeing

Last week, Australian actor Rebel Wilson posted a picture with her female partner, US fashion designer Ramona Agruma, to her 11 million Instagram followers. Her public coming out was met with a tidal wave of positivity. But Wilson’s hand had been forced.

The next day, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a column by journalist Andrew Hornery, who said he had already approached Wilson’s representatives ahead of her post requesting comment for a story about her relationship, and that Wilson had “gazumped” him by choosing to come out on her own terms – perhaps before she was ready to. The SMH has since removed the column and Hornery has apologised: quick, admirable steps towards owning irresponsible behaviour. But the whole thing leaves a sour taste, not least for Wilson, who tweeted that “it was a very hard situation but [I’m] trying to handle it with grace”.

Eleanor Morgan is author of Hormonal: A Conversation About Women’s Bodies, Mental Health and Why We Need to Be Heard

In the UK, the charity Mind is available on 0300 123 3393 and ChildLine on 0800 1111. In the US, Mental Health America is available on 800-273-8255. In Australia, support is available at Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14, and at MensLine on 1300 789 978

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