Rebel Wilson is living up to her (fake) name and isn’t going to give in to the tabloids!
As we reported in 2015, Australian publication Women’s Day published an article claiming the Pitch Perfect star lies about her background, notably her name and her age.
Days later, documents from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Electoral Roll proved that she lied about her age by 6 years, and that her birth name is Melanie Elizabeth Bownds.
Fast forward to this year, “Fat Amy” sued Bauer Media (the publisher of Women’s Day) for defamation… even though she in fact fibbed about her past.
On Wednesday, Wilson took the stand and told the Supreme Court of Victoria that she was so distressed by the articles, she developed a “stress sore” around her mouth. As a result of the blemish, the filmmakers of How to Be Single (her 2016 comedy with Dakota Johnson) were forced to cut her from several scenes.
She claims she also developed eczema, a urinary tract infection, and had to take sleeping pills during this traumatic time.
The Australian actress believes an “obsessed and weirdly jealous” former schoolmate told Women’s Day about her fake age in order to make a “quick buck.” According to emails read aloud in court, the source did try to make money from the scoop.
Not only did the controversy decrease the amount of roles she was offered, Wilson says the publication strategically released the information to coincide with the release of Pitch Perfect 2.
While we feel horrible for what Rebel had to go through, doesn’t it seem like she should’ve been honest in the first place??[Image via WENN.]