Michelle Obama got quite the reality check from her mother, who appeared unimpressed by her daughter’s stage appearance at the Grammys.
After speaking at the awards alongside the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys, Mrs Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, texted her to ask if she had “met any real stars”.
In the funny exchange, Mrs Obama defended her own status, telling her mother “I am a real star, by the way”.
But her mother had the last word with a simple, and cutting “yeah”.
Mrs Obama took a screenshot of the conversation and shared it on Instagram, where it has been liked by nearly two million people.
She said: “When your mom doesn’t think you’re a ‘real’ celebrity…Tonight in Phoenix, I shared this text thread from my mom from #Grammys night, and I just had to share it with all of you.”
The former first lady received a standing ovation when she opened the awards show with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Keys and Lopez.
Her mother’s first text read: “I guess you were a hit at the Grammys.”
Mrs Obama replied: “Did you watch it?!”
Mrs Robinson said: “I saw it because Gracie called me. Did you meet any of the real stars or did you run right after you were done”
In an exchange many mothers and daughters may recognise, the pair then argue over whether or not Mrs Obama told her mother she was going to be on stage.
Earlier in the week, Mrs Obama had credited her Grammys appearance to her friend, singer Keys, and said she took part to be there for her.
She said: “She [Keys] is one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know – there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!”
In her Grammys speech, she said: “Music has always helped me tell my story and I know that’s true for everyone here.
“Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to let each other in.”
Mrs Obama’s appearance drew the largest cheers from the crowd, and has reignited the debate about whether she should run for president herself.