Barbra Streisand contacted the CEO of Apple to complain that the iPhone was pronouncing her name incorrectly.

Barbra Streisand complained to Tim Cook

Barbra Streisand complained to Tim Cook

The 81-year-old star - who is is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time - has revealed that she personally contacted Apple boss Tim Cook to ask for a change in the pronunciation of her name.

Barbra - who has also enjoyed huge success in the movie business - told the BBC: "My name isn't spelled with a 'Z'. It's Strei-sand, like sand on the beach. How simple can you get?"

"And Tim Cook was so lovely. He had Siri change the pronunciation ... I guess that's one perk of fame!"

Barbra previously claimed that her attitude has "scared" a lot of men during her career.

The award-winning icon has always been extremely ambitious and opinionated, but Barbra conceded that her assertive approach has also alienated some people.

She told the Guardian newspaper: "I didn't want to stay in my place.

"I started out wanting to be an actress and I got to acting through my singing. But then that wasn't enough. I wanted to shape things,

"I wanted to write. I wanted to direct. I wanted to produce. I wanted to make decisions. And that got me into trouble.

"A woman in control: that scared men. It scared other women! They weren't ready for it."

Despite this, Barbra has always refused to bite her tongue and keep her opinions private.

She said: "That's my problem. I would constantly get attacked; I still get attacked.

"I remember a line from George Bernard Shaw's play 'Saint Joan': 'He who tells too much truth shall surely be hanged.'

"I was making TV movies about subjects I loved, about gun control, gay rights, about Margarethe Cammermeyer, who was ousted from the army for telling the truth about her sexuality, and that didn't make me more popular with a lot of people.

"But it's what I believe in my heart is what decency is, and fairness. So that's what I stand up for."

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