Bette Midler - Bette Midler 'Loved' Twitter 'Feud' With Lady Gaga
Bette Midler has laughed off her Twitter.com "feud" with Lady GaGa after the veteran entertainer accused the Poker Face hitmaker of copying her mermaid in a wheelchair performance during a recent concert.
Gaga took the stage at a show in Australia in July (11) wearing a mermaid tail while sitting in a wheelchair, but the move appeared to infuriate Midler, who logged onto her social networking blog to remind fans that she came up with the gimmick first - way back in 1980.
She tweeted, "I'm not sure Lady Gaga knows that I've performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people - and many of them are still alive... Dear Lady Gaga if you think a mermaid in a wheelchair seems familiar - it's because it is! You can see it on youtube 24/7 - with ME performing it... Dear Lady Gaga I've been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980 - You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker t**s - mermaid's mine."
Gaga insisted she had "no idea" Midler was the originator of the stunt, but the Hollywood star has since dismissed their war of words as a fun and harmless feud, and she's adamant there's no hard feelings.
Midler tells U.S. entertainment news show Extra, "We had a feud, which I loved.
"I'm not a good tweeter. I said a couple of things. I opened a can of worms. I wasn't irked at all! I thought it was hilarious. I was actually very flattered, and then we sort of put it to rest."