EgyptAir stood by its story on Thursday after US actress Drew Barrymore's spokesperson denied she took part in an interview with the airline's in-flight magazine that went viral over its bizarre content.
"This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal," journalist and Yemen expert Adam Baron wrote on Twitter.
The post, which included pictures of the three-page interview in the print edition of the magazine, has been liked or shared more than 10,000 times since Baron tweeted it on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Barrymore told the Huffington Post website that the actress "did not participate" in the interview and that her team was "working with the airline PR team".
But EgyptAir insisted the interview was legitimate. "This a professional magazine interview conducted by Dr Aida Tekla, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes," it tweeted.
A spokeswoman for EgyptAir said on Thursday that the article was authentic.
The journalist Tekla also defended the story. "The interview with Drew Barrimoor (sic) which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake," she tweeted.
"As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented."
The article opens with a commentary on Barrymore's private life, suggesting she had been "unstable in her relationships most of her life" and that she had been in "almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages".