Grant said during an interview with Wired posted Monday that both he and Barrymore benefited from the wonders of editing in the 2007 romantic comedy “Music and Lyrics.”
The 62-year-old British star said he was “auto-tuned beyond belief. Actually, that’s not true. I’m auto-tuned a bit, but not as much as some.”
Grant then claimed that Barrymore wouldn’t mind him saying “her singing is just horrendous” in the movie.
“I’ve heard dogs bark better than she sings,” he quipped. “But … once they tuned her up, she sounded way better than me, because she’s got heart and voice and rock ‘n’ roll. Whereas I sounded like Julie Andrews, and I meant to be kind of rock ‘n’ roll as well.”
Barrymore responded to the jab Thursday by posting a video to her Instagram, which she captioned, “#SingForHugh JOIN ME.”
The clip featured the actress belting out the song “Way Back Into Love,” from “Music and Lyrics.” After she concludes her rendition, Barrymore addresses Grant with a sly smile and says, “Oh Hugh, Bert, Hubert, that’s for you.”
Both Grant and Barrymore have been making headlines recently for reasons that have nothing to do with singing.
Grant was criticized by Oscars viewers who accused him of being rude to Ashley Graham during a red carpet interview.
“Is Hugh Grant just an arrogant d*** all the time?” one person wrote in reaction to the clip, while another said, “hugh grant wants no part of this dumb sh**.”
Meanwhile, Barrymore came under fire for kneeling in front of trans activist Dylan Mulvaney during an interview on her talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show.” Mulvaney was there to discuss the popular TikTok series “Days of Girlhood,” which documents the influencer’s “transition process.”
The “50 First Dates” actress knelt in front of Mulvaney to show her compassion for the influencer’s struggle against “hate.”
Still images of the exchange went viral on Twitter, prompting critics to point out what they see as the symbolism of Barrymore’s pose.
“Drew Barrymore getting on her knees to worship at the feet of Dylan Mulvaney might be one of [the] more disturbing moments of recent TV,” one Twitter user wrote. “Why are women fawning over men who appropriate degrading caricatures of womanhood?”