Melissa McCarthy Just Totally Downplayed Barbra Streisand’s Bizarre “Ozempic” Comment On Her Instagram Post As Barbra Insists She Was Only Trying To “Compliment” The Star

While people are questioning Barbra’s definition of the word “compliment,” Melissa herself has leaped to Barbra’s defense and totally downplayed the awkward situation.

On Monday, Barbra Streisand sparked a social media storm when she commented — then swiftly deleted — a very personal question on Melissa McCarthy’s Instagram post.

Barbra Streisand in a black and white outfit sitting at a table with flowers, candles, and books

Melissa had shared a photo of herself looking sensational in a mint-colored ensemble as she posed with director Adam Shankman on the red carpet for the Center Theatre Group’s annual LA gala.

Melissa McCarthy and Adam Shankman

Upon seeing the picture of Melissa with Adam, 82-year-old Barbra wrote under Melissa’s post: “Give him my regards,” before bluntly asking: “Did you take Ozempic?”

Barbra Streisand's Instagram comment

Unsurprisingly, Barbra’s forthright comment left fans shocked, and her decision to quickly delete it only fueled speculation that she had thought that she was replying to Melissa’s post privately.

Melissa McCarthy and Barbra Streisand

And Barbra finally responded to the online furor on Tuesday, posting a brief statement to her social media pages that explained what had happened.

— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) April 30, 2024
Twitter / Via Twitter: @BarbraStreisand

“OMG - I went on Instagram to see the photos we’d posted of the beautiful flowers I’d received for my birthday!” she began. “Below them was a photo of my friend Melissa McCarthy who I sang with on my Encore album. She looked fantastic!”

“I just wanted to pay her a compliment,” Barbra continued. “I forgot the world is reading!”

However, Barbra’s response may not have had the intended effect, with some being left even more confused by Barbra’s wording in her statement.

Barbra Streisand posing in a black outfit with a layered necklace at an event

Meanwhile, Melissa herself has completely downplayed the situation, waving away a photographer’s question on whether she thought Barbra was “out of line” in a video obtained by TMZ.

Melissa McCarthy smiling, wearing a floral pattern headscarf and dress with pearl headband

Melissa then seemingly removed the post that Barbra had commented on from her Instagram profile, and instead uploaded a video of herself defending the icon.

In the clip, Melissa is reading Barbra magazine, and tells followers: “The takeaway: Barbra Streisand knows I exist, she reached out to me, and she thought I looked good! I win the day!”

Melissa captioned the post: “@barbrastreisand fan club members only!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️”

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