The Herald denied pressuring Wilson, and said it had “simply asked questions”.
In her first comments on the controversy, Wilson responded on Sunday to a Twitter user who accused the Herald of giving two days’ notice that they were going to out the actor.
“It was a very hard situation but trying to handle it with grace,” Wilson tweeted.
According to the newspaper, its gossip columnist had put questions to Wilson about her relationship “with an abundance of caution and respect”.
“Big mistake. Wilson opted to gazump the story, posting about her new ‘Disney Princess’ on Instagram early Friday morning,” columnist Andrew Hornery wrote in an article published Saturday.
As outrage built on social media, Herald editor Bevan Shields defended the column.
“We would have asked the same questions had Wilson’s new partner been a man,” Shields wrote.
This was not the first time Wilson has sparred with the Australian media—in 2017, she was awarded a record AUS$4.7 million ($3.3 million) defamation payout over a series of articles that claimed she had lied about her name, age and childhood to get ahead in Hollywood.
After the magazine publisher successfully appealed, Wilson’s award was revised to A$600,000.