Bettle Midler has some final words on Ariana Grande. The self-proclaimed “reformed old whore” made amends via Twitter late Tuesday:
Ariana Grande isn’t letting a diss from a very famous someone get her down. The “Love Me Harder” singer took to Twitter on Tuesday, Nov. 25, to respond to comments Bette Midler made about her and other young pop stars in a new interview with The Telegraph.
“It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous,” the Divine Miss M told the British paper in an interview posted Monday.”I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it. I wish they’d stop,” Midler added, in reference to Grande’s team. “But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.”
The interview was to promote Midler’s new covers album, It’s The Girls, her tribute to girl bands of her youth like The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, and The Crystals. The only cover by a modern girl group is “Waterfalls” by TLC, and after reading the article, one thing is clear: Midler isn’t the biggest fan of whatever is happening with female pop acts these days.
“Whatever strictures there were have fallen apart,” she continued. “And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts.”
Grande responded to the criticism via Twitter, asking where the old no-judgement Bette Midler went.
“Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! not sure where that Bette went but i want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love,” Grande posted on Twitter with a photo of Midler in costume.
But later in her interview, Midler admitted she may not be the best person to ask about the current music scene.
“I mean, don’t ask me,” she told The Telegraph. “It’s beyond me. I’m too old. I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your 20s. I don’t know how you sustain it.”
Then she offered words of wisdom to all young pop stars: “Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t.”
Regardless of the drama, Grande is still a huge fan of Midler’s 1996 film, “The First Wives Club”: