Lady Gaga Responds To Bette Midlerâ€™s Mermaid Claim
First Published: July 18, 2011 7:13 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Lady Gaga has responded to Bette Midlerâ€™s Twitter claims that the pop singer borrowed her mermaid-in-a-wheelchair routine during a recent tour stop.
â€œI had no idea that she did that and Iâ€™m a huge Bette Midler fan,â€ Gaga told Access Hollywoodâ€™s Billy Bush for â€œThe Billy Bush Showâ€ on Monday.
On Sunday, Bette Tweeted, â€œDear @ladygaga if you think a mermaid in a wheelchair seems familiar-itâ€™s because it is!You can see it on youtube 24/7-with ME performing it.â€
When Billy asked Gaga if her routine was meant to be a tribute to Bette, the singer said it wasnâ€™t originally, as she had no knowledge of the legendâ€™s act, but sheâ€™s glad they have something in common.
â€œNot in the beginning it wasnâ€™t â€˜cause I didnâ€™t know that sheâ€™d done [it], but I do now and I think itâ€™s great,â€ Gaga said. â€œObviously I feel connected to women in theater and women from the past.
â€œMaybe weâ€™re just cut from the same cloth,â€ the singer continued. â€œI couldnâ€™t hop around in that tail so I just stuck myself in a wheelchair.â€
The â€œEdge of Gloryâ€ superstar said she continues to admire Bette.
â€œAll Iâ€™ll say is that Iâ€¦ admire her and find her to be one of the most brilliant and incredible performers, so thatâ€™s all Iâ€™ll say,â€ she said.
Bette ended her short Twitter flurry about Gaga on Sunday with an invite to have a beverage at the Emmys, where both are nominated for their HBO shows â€“ Bette for â€œShowgirl,â€ Gaga for â€œLady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball.â€
â€[L]etâ€™s drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!â€ she added.
And Gaga noted to Billy that she thinks Betteâ€™s full run of Tweets may have been humorously minded.
â€œMaybe she was just joking too. Sheâ€™s funny. Who knows?â€ Gaga said.