Australian comedian and actress Rebel Wilson has finally had her real age revealed through official Australian business records, confirming she is 35 and not 29 as originally thought.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) list the date of birth for a “Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson” as March 2, 1980. That makes her 35-years-old, mathematicians, and six years older than the 29 we previously believed.
In case you’re thinking, “There could be two Rebel Mealnie Elizabeth Wilsons, right?”, the ASIC documents pretty much prove that this particular individual is indeed who we think it is. It shows that the same person was the director of several entertainment production companies including Bogan Pride Productions, which produced some of Wilson’s earliest work on Aussie TV including Bogan Pride on SBS. The address attributed is also in Rebel’s old home suburb of Cherrybrook in Sydney’s north-west.
The rumours surrounding Rebel’s real age and name started circling earlier this week when a source, who claims to have gone to school with Rebel, came forward to Woman’s Day . “I studied with Rebel at Tara Anglican School for Girls in North Parramatta, Sydney,” the source said. “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.”
OMG I’m actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as “CC Chalice” ….thanks shady Australian press for your tall poppy syndrome x
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) May 18, 2015
In an interview with Herald Sun in 2011, Rebel explained that, because her and her siblings have unusual names, they would go under their middles names to avoid being teased. “At school we went under our middle names usually,” Rebel said. “I have two – Melanie Elizabeth – so I was never under Rebel. At law school, I was Rebel. When you’re a kid, you don’t want to be teased.”
When asked about her age in the same interview, Rebel said, “As my mum says, ‘You’re a lady, don’t say your age’.”
Whether she’s 29, 35 or 83, we still love Rebel all the same.