Controversial Tabloid Reveals Rebel Wilson’s Real Age And Name; Wilson Thanks “Shady Australian Press”

Controversial Tabloid Reveals Rebel Wilson’s Real Age And Name; Wilson Thanks “Shady Australian Press”
Rebel Wilson at the A Few Best Men movie premiere in Sydney. Eva Rinaldi / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
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Like her “Pitch Perfect” character Fat Amy, Rebel Wilson seems to enjoy a hint of mystery regarding her personal life.


Controversy surrounding her age and name began when a tabloid in Australia ran a story about her earlier this week. The magazine, Woman’s Day, had been heavily criticized in the past for allegedly sensationalizing headlines.

29 or 35?

Rebel had previously said she’s 29.

The Sydney Morning Herald then performed a quick background check that revealed the “Pitch Perfect 2” star is indeed 35. According to records filed for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, she was born March 2, 1980.

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Caroline Overington from Australian Women’s Weekly interviewed Rebel last year.

“Like any reporter, I asked her age,” Overington wrote. “We always do. Go to the source. That’s what they tell you to do. She said she was 29 and that is the figure we published, and it turns out that it was maybe a lie.”

As for her name, a source who spoke with the Australian tabloid said, “I studied with Rebel at Tara Anglican School for Girls in North Parramatta, Sydney. But no-one knew of a Rebel Wilson. Her name is – or was – Melanie Elizabeth Bownds…”

The source also revealed that Wilson was never funny, nor did she display the effortless comedic skills she has been known for.

Who cares?

E! Online was quick to response with an article entitled Why Everyone Needs to Calm Down About Rebel Wilson’s Age Controversy.

Seija Rankin wrote, “The actress hasn’t yet responded to these new stories, but we sincerely hope she won’t even bother. After all, last we checked there wasn’t much difference—physically or emotionally—between 29-year-olds and 35-year-olds.”

The article goes on to justify Wilson’s mysterious age, citing instances when other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj also lied about their age.

“Would anyone be worrying (or writing, period) about this issue if Rebel Wilson was a man?”

Rebel kept her cool, though, and tweeted a Fat Amy-ish reply to the controversy.