Ariana Grande Responds to Bette Midler’s Diss, Asks Where the Old No-Judgment Bette Went

Ariana Grande and Bette Midler
Ariana Grande responds to Bette Midler's diss  Jason Merritt/Getty Images; ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Where you at, Delores Delago! Ariana Grande responded to Bette Midler's Telegraph diss via Twitter on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and asked what happened to the old Midler, who didn't judge and famously donned a mermaid costume in a wheelchair on stage.

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"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 and the caption, "all love here."

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Midler previously sounded off on the songstress and other young female pop stars in an interview with The Telegraph posted on Monday. "It's terrible!" the 68-year-old multi-hyphenate told the paper. "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. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it." 

"I wish they'd stop," the Hocus Pocus star said in reference to whoever is guiding Grande. "I wish they’d stop. 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."

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The Grammy winner added: "Whatever structures there were have fallen apart. 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."

After admitting that maybe it's her own fault and she's, perhaps, the one out of touch with reality, Midler concluded the interview by advising young performers: "Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t."

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Despite the harsh words, Grande seems to still be a fan of Midler's past work. She tweeted: "I will still quote First Wives Club every single day of my life LMAO."

Midler addressed the feud via Twitter hours after Grande's tweets and wrote: "About my screed on @ArianaGrande, all I can say is, 'Spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off.'"

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