EgyptAir defends 'fake' Drew Barrymore magazine interview

The article is riddled with bizarre quotes and grammatical errors.
The article is riddled with bizarre quotes and grammatical errors. Photo credit: Twitter / Adam Baron

Egyptian airline EgyptAir has defended an interview published in its in-flight magazine with Drew Barrymore, following reports the interview is "fake".  

The three-page spread quotes the Hollywood actor, 43, discussing motherhood and encouraging overweight women to focus on "regaining" their beauty. 

The interview has been slammed on social media, with one Twitter-user calling the article "shameful tabloid journalism," in response to another who questioned its validity. 

After images of the Horus magazine interview circulated on social media, Barrymore's representatives said she "did not participate" in the interview. 

The airline defended the piece, calling it a "professional magazine interview". 

The article's author, Egypt-born Dr Aida Takla O'Reilly, also insisted the write-up was legitimate, calling it "far from fake". 

"As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented," she said, after misspelling the actor's name as "Drew Barrimoor". 

EgyptAir pointed to Dr Takla's credibility referring to her former position as president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. She was also one of the voting members of the Golden Globes.


But the article contains a number of grammatical and spelling errors, and political analyst Adam Baron described the content as "surreal". 

The introduction of the article says the "beautiful American Hollywood actress... has recently decided to temporary [sic] take an unlimited vacation to play her most crucial role as a mother".

It goes on to quote Barrymore as saying she feels "overwhelmed when someone tells me that I have regained my image and managed to lose that extra weight" after giving birth to her two daughters, Olive and Frankie. 

"However, I find 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," the actor says, according to the magazine. 

Barrymore's representatives say she did not "technically... sit down with EgyptAir for an interview," but that the quotes were taken from a press conference. 

Aviation analyst Alex Macheras said the "weird" interview is "offensive". 

He told the airline to invest in a copyeditor to check for grammar and spelling errors.