Okay, so this is a bit of a strange one. As far as we know, Rebel Wilson is 29 years old, right? Well, some weirdo from her native Australia has come out of the woodworks and claimed that Rebel is actually a woman named Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, who’s actually 36 and had a totally normal upbringing, not the crazy life she claims to have led.
From Women’s Day Australia:
According to Rebel Wilson, she’s 29, was raised by dog-training “bogan” parents in the “ghetto” of Sydney, spent a year in Zimbabwe, climbed into a cage with a leopard, got caught in a shoot-out and then struck down by a severe strain of Malaria from a mozzie in Mozambique where, from her ICU bed, she envisioned herself winning an Oscar and rapping her acceptance speech.
But far from the outlandish Hollywood movie-like life she’s portrayed to the public, an old classmate says Rebel had a “very normal, upper-middle-class upbringing” and has added a touch of “fantasy” to the life she lead before becoming a household name.
“She’s clearly got a vivid imagination,” laughs our source. “Maybe you have to tell stories to make it in Hollywood!”
“I studied with Rebel at Tara Anglican School for Girls in North Parramatta, Sydney,” spills the source. “But no-one knew of a Rebel Wilson. Her name is – or was – Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, and she’s 36 – she was born in 1979 and we left school in 1997.”
“She was definitely not the class clown; none of us remember her being funny,” says the insider. While Rebel paints a picture of a gypsy upbringing, her family home was certainly not in any “ghetto”.
The source has a photo of Melanie Bownds, and admittedly, she does look quite a lot like Rebel Wilson. But first of all, would anyone really be surprised if Rebel Wilson’s name wasn’t actually Rebel Wilson? It SOUNDS like a stage name. Her growing up story sounds like pure bullshit, too, but without context, we don’t know if she meant it as a joke or what. As for the age thing, I dunno, it all sounds a bit weird, but she didn’t particularly make herself all that much younger than she supposedly is. None of it makes sense and this all sounds a bit bogus, to be honest, but whatever.
And that’s basically what Rebel thinks about it all, as well:
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