Actress Rebel Wilson, who would soon be seen in the forthcoming rom-com, Isn’t It Romantic, has now courted controversy. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the Australian actor claimed that she will be “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy”.

It didn’t take social media users to remind her that actors Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique had fronted romantic comedies before. After facing a backlash, the 38-year-old actress has now apologised for the comments she had made about “plus-sized” women actors in Hollywood.

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On 6 November, Wilson took to Twitter writing, “In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake, and likely many others.”

“With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful. To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing & hard to acknowledge. I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry,” she added.

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On the film front, Rebel Wilson’s next venture Isn’t It Romantic, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, will feature the actress along with Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, and Adam DeVine.