Barbra Streisand Questions Melissa McCarthy About Ozempic Use in Instagram Comment

After Melissa McCarthy posted a photo on Instagram on April 29, showcasing her weight loss in a chic mint dress alongside director Adam Shankman, the post attracted a lot of positive attention from fans and celebrities alike. Among the admirers was Octavia Spencer, who commented, “These lewks are yummy.” However, Barbra Streisand’s comment, in which she asked, “Give him my regards did you take Ozempic?” sparked a mix of criticism and concern from the public.

Elon Musk, Amy Schumer, and Kelly Osbourne have all publicly acknowledged their use of Ozempic to help them shed pounds. The query, referring to this popular diabetes medication often used off-label for weight loss, led to immediate backlash. Some users reacted sharply, with responses like “Babs. No, honey. Just no,” and “Rude, Barbra.” Despite the controversy, some fans defended Streisand, suggesting the 82-year-old might have thought she was sending a private message rather than commenting publicly. One user speculated, “I think Barbara thought it was a dm,” while another implored, “Leave Barbara alone she would never do that on purpose I believe she meant that for a private question.”

Barbra Streisand, known for her straightforwardness, didn’t respond directly to the backlash but did remove her comment quietly. In light of the controversy, she later addressed the situation with a statement on her X account and Instagram story, explaining her actions as a misunderstanding. “OMG – I went on Instagram to see the photos we’d posted of the beautiful flowers I’d received for my birthday! Below them was a photo of my friend Melissa McCarthy who I sang with on my Encore album,” she explained, adding, “She looked fantastic! I just wanted to pay her a compliment. I forgot the world is reading!”

Melissa McCarthy has yet to publicly address the initial comment.