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After weeks of defending a bizarre “interview” with actress Drew Barrymore in its inflight magazine, EgyptAir is backing down and pulling the issue of the magazine, Horus, from circulation.
Egyptian officials told the AP that the airline and its publisher, Al-Ahram advertising agency, have agreed to stop printing the October issue of the magazine and also pull the ones already on board EgyptAir’s aircraft.
The questionable interview seemed fake from the get-go, especially because Barrymore’s reps have said that she “did not participate” in the interview with the magazine, Horus, and that they were “working with the airline PR team.”
The surreal profile included strange excerpts about the actress like the following:
EgyptAir: It is known that Barrymore has had almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages; 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.
And this exchange:
EgyptAir: 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. However, today I see you have returned to your previous graceful body; what is your secret?
Barrymore: She replies smiling. “I feel overwhelmed when someone tells me that I have regained my image and managed to lose that extra weight, especially that I felt depressed due to the significant increase in my weight after delivering 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; it is all about following the appropriate diet under the supervision of a physician.”
EgyptAir initially defended the article saying the interview was “conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla-O’Reilly, former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes.”
After the October cover story caused immediate backlash, the HFPA said it would be launching a full investigation into the matter.
Now it seems EgyptAir is quietly trying to put the odd matter to bed.
Featured image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
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