'Surreal' Drew Barrymore Article Catches Internet's Eye

Journalist spotted bizarre, typo-ridden 'interview' on the actress in an EgyptAir in-flight magazine
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2018 8:11 AM CDT
'Surreal' Drew Barrymore Article Catches Internet's Eye
Drew Barrymore attends the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Nov. 13, 2017, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Journalist Adam Baron was on an EgyptAir flight earlier this week when his reading material caught his eye—and raised his eyebrows. "This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal," he tweeted. That supposed Horus interview, which Baron posted photos of online, starts off by ripping on Barrymore's "unstable" relationship history, then noting 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 old." The interview then veers into a typo-ridden Q&A that includes semantically odd quotes that seem unlikely to have come out of Barrymore's mouth, the BBC reports. "I could not resist performing the most important role in my life—being a mother—in which I hope to be conscientious," reads one.

"I would only resume my career when I feel that my daughters can depend on themselves," she also notes. As commenters poked fun of the interview online and wondered if it was legit, EgyptAir issued a grammatically iffy tweet in the article's defense, noting, "This a professional magazine interview" and naming the author as Aida Tekla, who it says is an ex-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The airline also retweeted a post from the alleged author, who misspells Barrymore's name, says the interview happened in New York, and claims "we interviewed her several times." A Barrymore rep tells HuffPost the actress "did not participate" in the article and adds her camp is "working with the airline PR team." Barrymore's camp also tells the BBC that Tekla apparently penned the Q&A based on a Barrymore presser. BuzzFeed dives even deeper into the conspiracy-theory rabbit hole. (More Drew Barrymore stories.)

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