Having acted since she was a small child, Drew Barrymore is no stranger to the celebrity profile.
Few though, have sparked as much attention as what was billed as an interview with the “ET” star in an inflight magazine, which has been described as insulting, grammatically incorrect and fake.
Yemen expert Adam Barow first made the discovery on Tuesday, sharing images on Twitter of what he describes as a “surreal” interview in EgyptAir’s magazine, Horus, in which the 43-year-old actress is claimed to have made a series of comments on weight loss, motherhood and the status of women.
Confusion swirled about whether the article constituted a real interview or not. EgyptAir defended the piece as a “professional magazine interview conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla, former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association).”
The airline also retweeted an account under the writer’s name – from an unverified Twitter account that had a different spelling for the writer’s surname – which said the interview was “genuine” and took place in New York.
However, the star’s spokesperson told the Huffington Post that the actress “did not participate” in the supposed celebrity Q&A.
The odd piece begins by taking aim at Barrymore’s romantic history, calling her “unstable” in previous relationships.
“Despite being unstable in her relationships most of her life, despite the several unsuccessful marriages and despite the busy life of stardom that dominated her life for several years; the beautiful American Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore has recently decided to temporary [sic] take an unlimited vacation to play her most crucial role as a mother.”
It proceeds to make a tally of Barrymore’s “17 relationships, engagements and marriages” before making a wild assertion that 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.”
The opener ends on another accusation, which one Twitter user called offensive: “Ever since that time, she has been subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure; but unfortunately things do not always go as planned and she has not yet succeeded in any relationship for various reasons.”
Barrymore’s supposed responses in the article raised the most eyebrows. In response to one question on post-pregnancy weight loss, the Golden Globe-winning actor is quoted as saying that she finds “this a great opportunity to encourage every woman who is overweight to work on regaining her beauty and body, especially that it is not as hard as one may think; it is all about determination and following the appropriate diet under the supervision of a physician.”
Barrymore’s “response” to another question on the “status of women today” was also flagged by Twitter readers: “I cannot deny that women made a great achievement over [the] past century, there is significant progress recorded by people who study women status throughout history.
“This is naturally reflected on women in the west who will not be satisfied unless they gain the rights they deserve to the society. This is especially true since women exert tremendous efforts that men are incapable of exerting due to their numerous commitments and obligations,” she said.
Then there are the quotes on her “parenting methods” and on rumors about her retirement from acting: “I do not consult with psychologists… I focus on nurturing their minds as well as their small bodies,” the actress is quoted as saying.
“I could not resist performing the most important role in my life – being a mother – in which I hope to be conscientious.”