Earlier this week, an interview with Drew Barrymore in EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine Horus went viral.
Once you read the first few sentences of the interview, you’ll completely understand why.
A passenger on an EgyptAir flight tweeted out photos of the magazine’s interview on Monday, calling the piece “surreal.”
The article describes Drew as “unstable in her relationships” and explains that she “has had almost 17 relationships.”
“Psychologists believe that her behavior is only natural since she lacked the male role model in her life after her parents’ divorce when she was only 9 years old,” the article reads.
After the interview gained attention on Twitter, people began to doubt whether it was even real. Surely Drew wouldn’t consent to portraying herself as a pathological woman who can’t keep a man?!
Sure enough, there’s now an all-out battle between Drew’s reps and the staff of EgyptAir’s magazine over the article’s authenticity.
The article, written by Aida Takla O’Reilly — misspelled as “Aida Tekla” in the magazine — includes a ton of shockingly offensive gems.
It refers to Drew’s “several unsuccessful marriages,” then claims that she “has been subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure” because of her parents’ divorce.
Following that, there’s a Q&A style interview, allegedly with the 43-year-old actress.
But it’s riddled with typos, missing punctuation, and more offensive questions — like one part about Drew’s weight gain.
“A few years ago, after your last delivery, you gained several kilograms that even your fans accused you of being overweight and neglecting your health,” the interviewer asked. “However, today I see you have returned to your previous graceful body; what is your secret?”
Drew’s “response” to the question is flat-out unbelievable and doesn’t sound like anything the actress would actually say.
And indeed, right after passenger Adam Baron posted the interview to Twitter, people began to tag Drew Barrymore into the conversation to ask her if the interview was legit.
The article also claims that Drew has paused her acting career to focus on being a mother, which is completely factually inaccurate.
She currently stars in Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet and will star in a romantic comedy, The Stand-In, next year. She’s continuing her career while raising her two children, Olive, 6, and Frankie, 4.
A spokesperson for Drew told HuffPost that she “did not participate” in the interview, and that her team is “working with the airline PR team” to resolve the issue.
But bizarrely enough, EgyptAir’s team is doubling down. The company insisted via Twitter that the interview did take place.
The article’s writer, Aida Takla O’Reilly, is a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and has been a member for decades.
Aida also took to Twitter to defend her work, noting that she’s interviewed celebrities for multiple publications before.
And that the publications are allowed to “edit the final version of the interviews.”
“This doesn’t negate the fact that the interview with Drew Barrimoor which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake,” Aida tweeted. “As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented.”
Yes, she wrote “Barrimoor” instead of Barrymore, as if this story couldn’t get more strange.
Real or fake (OK, it’s pretty obvious that this is fake), I guess the interview makes for good entertainment?
“Every attempt at a sentence here is worth reading,” wrote one Egyptian reporter.
“Read the first few paragraphs and tell me you can’t feel the patriarchy seeping through the pages,” another person wrote.
Knowing Drew’s personality, she’s probably either cackling at how weird all of this is, or planning her revenge.