Wednesday 19 June 2019

Bette Midler tells Ariana Grande: ‘You don't have to make a w***e out of yourself to get ahead’

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

LEGENDARY diva Bette Midler has hit out at young female singers for being over sexualised.

The Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee has sold almost 50m records in a career spanning almost five decades.

However she has spoken out against over sexualised young female singers – sparing particular mention for current it-girl Ariana Grande.

The 68-year-old told The Telegraph: “It's terrible! It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high 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

“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 ‘Beaches’ star said young female singers should trust their talent, and not rely on sex appeal.

Ariana Grande attends the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro
Ariana Grande attends the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro

“Trust your talent. You don't have to make a w***e out of yourself to get ahead. You really don't

“I mean, don't ask me. It's beyond me. I'm too old.”

Ariana Grande attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards
Ariana Grande attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

She said that if your career is built on sex appeal, it can be difficult to sustain success when you get older.

“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 twenties. I don't know how you sustain it.”

Singer Bette Midler speaks onstage at God's Love We Deliver, Golden Heart Awards
Singer Bette Midler speaks onstage at God's Love We Deliver, Golden Heart Awards

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