EgyptAir says its interview with Drew Barrymore was no fake

EgyptAir, the airline accused of faking an interview with Hollywood star Drew Barrymore, has denied reports the interview never happened.

Responding to critics on Twitter, the airline said the article's author is respected and credible. 

"This a professional magazine interview conducted by Dr Aida Takla-O'Reilly, former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes," the tweet said.

Aida Takla-O'Reilly also tweeted in defence of the article - although didn't quite get the actor's name right.

"The interview with Drew Barrimoor which took place in New York is genuine &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," Dr Takla-O'Reilly said.

In the article, which has been described as bizarre, Barrymore is asked about her parenting philosophy, to which she gives this response: "Despite their young ages that do not exceed 5 years, they know the name of the American President, the names of Presidents and Kings of some major countries and the names of several substantial figures in the political scene."

A source close to Barrymore told People magazine that the article is "an innocent translation job" gone wrong that made it to print.

Barrymore's representatives are yet to respond to the airline's statement.


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