Sex, a difficult childhood and fertility problems (exclusive)

By | March 29, 2024

Wilson tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that she hopes people will “find some inspiration” in her new memoir, ‘Rebel Rising’

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Rebel Wilson and her new memoir

Rebel Wilson opens up about her past and shares details about her rollercoaster life in her deeply personal new memoir.

The Pitch Perfect star, 44, has written an intimate memoir, Rebels in rebellionwhich hits shelves on April 2, to share her experiences in her own words.

Recalling how she was often called “brave” in her early days in Hollywood, she tells PEOPLE, “Did I fight in the war? Encounter a burning building? No. It was that I dared to exist in a city where only skinny women were appreciated.’

Wilson also reveals details about her childhood in Australia, her relationship with her fiancé Ramona Agruma, her fertility journey and some poignant moments in her career. She shares her story “in the hope that people can find inspiration in it. Maybe some people thought it was brave, but I was just being me.”

Here are the biggest bangers from Wilson’s memoir Rebels in rebellion.

Wilson’s father could be explosive at times

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Looking back on her childhood, Wilson writes that her parents, Sue and Warwick Bownds, worked on the dog show circuit and that her family, she says, was “a baby step up from carnies.” She had a difficult relationship with her volatile father, including, as she writes, “30 seconds of terror” one day when she and her sister Liberty soaked their mattresses with water to cool off during a hot Australian summer.

‘Daddy comes in. “What the hell are you guys doing?!” He raises his hand and hits me. Wrap. He also hits my sister,” she wrote. As the eldest, Wilson says she has been hit the hardest.

After Wilson’s father died of a heart attack in 2013, Wilson wrote him a letter that she put in his pocket. She forgave him and wrote that she would “strive to find love” and “no longer fear it.”

She filmed Bridesmaids during ‘one of the loneliest years’ of her life

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Wilson writes that the period of filming Bridesmaids was “one of the loneliest years of my life,” and that after she paid her rent, she had only $60 left to live on. After the film’s premiere, she describes going back to her one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles and eating in her pajamas in front of the television.

Related: Rebel Wilson Shows Off the ‘Bridesmaids’ Ring Director Sent Her for the Film’s 10th Anniversary

“I remove my makeup and take out the hairpieces,” she writes. “I look at myself in the mirror. “See, women are funny!” I say to myself. Then I go to the freezer, pull out a pint of ice cream, and celebrate by eating in front of the TV in an oversized Disneyland nightgown until I can’t stay awake anymore.

The star didn’t have sex until she was in her 30s

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Wilson didn’t lose her virginity until she was 35, she reveals in the book, and she was initially “terrified” when it came to physical intimacy.

“I was either so innocent, in my teens, or so busy making myself look grotesquely unattractive for comedic purposes, that a romantic opportunity never presented itself,” she writes. The book also details her relationship with a producer named “Mickey”, whom she met through a set-up and became intimate with during filming. How to be single.

“Mickey flew in that weekend,” she wrote. “And then it just happens. I finally have sex. It feels great. I go to the bathroom and give myself a high five. I love my new, wild sexual self.”

Related: Rebel Wilson Lost Her Virginity at 35 – and Wants to Take the ‘Pressure’ Off Other Late Bloomers by Sharing Her Story (Exclusive)

She writes about the feeling of being humiliated by Sacha Baron Cohen

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Wilson writes about her experience working with Sacha Baron Cohen on the 2016 film The Brothers Grimsby. She says she felt humiliated by the comedian, 52, and claims he asked her to perform a lewd act while they were making the film in South Africa. Baron Cohen vehemently denies ever saying that or mistreating Wilson.

His representative said in a statement: “While we recognize the importance of speaking out, these demonstrably false claims are directly contradicted by extensive detailed evidence, including contemporaneous documents, film footage and eyewitness accounts from those who were present before, during and after the production of The Brothers Grimsby.”

Wilson writes, “The movie bombed, which was karma enough for me. I’m not about canceling anyone and that’s not my motivation for sharing this story. I’m sharing my story now because the more women talk about this things talk, hopefully the less it happens.”

Wilson experienced fertility problems before her daughter arrived

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Rebel with her daughter Royce and her fiancé Ramona

Wilson writes that a fertility doctor told her in 2020 that if she lost weight, she would have a better chance of harvesting quality eggs. But even after losing 35 pounds, a fertility doctor told her that the embryos she created with a sperm donor “didn’t seem strong enough” to be viable. “I feel such sadness,” she wrote. “I’m so alone and I don’t know what to do.”

After another round of egg harvesting, her “last viable embryo” was implanted into a surrogate mother. Wilson welcomed daughter Royce Lillian in November 2022, with her fiancé Ramona Agruma by her side.

Related: Rebel Wilson Reveals Daughter Royce’s First — and Now Favorite — Word: ‘It Melts My Heart’ (Exclusive)

“She opens her eyes and looks at us,” Wilson writes of her daughter’s birth. “We are a family now.”

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Rebels rise will be released on April 2 from Simon & Schuster and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold.

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