Drew Barrymore hits back at Hugh Grant's claim that her singing is 'horrendous'

The pair sang together in their 2007 film Music & Lyrics

Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore
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Drew Barrymore has reacted to the claim Hugh Grant made earlier this week that 'her singing is just horrendous.' and the actress' response is so sweet.

Hugh Grant has been appearing in promo interviews for the past few weeks for his new film Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves. But while his focus is meant to be on his current project, roles from his past were brought up in a new video interview with WIRED and he had some pretty harsh comments about his co-star, Drew Barrymore.

During the interview, Hugh was asked some of the 'web's most searched questions,' one of them being whether or not he sang in his 2007 film Music & Lyrics. He began his response innocently enough, sharing that he did actually sing but was admittedly, 'auto-tuned a bit.'

While he could have stopped there, Hugh couldn't help but take the opportunity to make fun of his co-star. He added that his voice was 'not as bad as some,' explaining, "Drew Barrymore was in that film with me, and I don't think she'd mind me saying, her singing is just horrendous."

Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant

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And it didn't stop there. Hugh continued, "I've heard dogs bark better than she sings." Though he did have a few kind, self-deprecating, comments, "Once they tuned her up, she sounded way better than me because she's got heart and voice and rock and roll whereas I sound like Julie Andrews."

Responding to her co-stars claim, Drew took to Instagram, singing the song from Music & Lyrics, A Way Back Into Love, proving that Hugh was definitely wrong about her voice. She shared the video alongside the caption “#SingForHughGrant JOIN ME.”

The now daytime talk show host looked effortlessly chic in a muted floral blouse and beige suit trousers as she belted out the song lyrics in her dressing room for The Drew Barrymore Show.

After passionately singing a few verses into a hairbrush, she looked directly into the camera and said, “Oh Hugh, Bert, Hubert, that’s for you,” with a sweet smile.

Fans loved the response, with one commenting on the video, "This is so iconic," while another wrote, "This just made me love you even more." 

Whether or not Hugh and Drew look back fondly on Music & Lyrics and their time spent singing, the film was undoubtedly a hit, bringing in $145.8 million worldwide from a meager $40 million budget. 

Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant

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The news comes just days after Hugh's controversial Oscars interview with model Ashley Graham which has been branded by Twitter users as 'the most uncomfortable thing ever'. The actor was slammed online for his painfully blunt responses and generally 'rude' attitude throughout the interview. 

While Graham managed to remain upbeat, Grant's admission that he wasn't looking forward to anything in particular and that he only "almost" had fun shooting Glass Onion for the "three seconds" he was in it, left fans wondering why the actor had even bothered to show up on the champagne-coloured carpet at all.

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
Freelance news writer

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with Good To, BBC Good Food and The Independent.