Ross King: Birthday girl Bette Midler still looks brilliant at 70
BY ROSS KING, 4 DECEMBER 2015 4.03PM.
Iâ€™M sure someone like Bette Midler has seen it all before.
So thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m certain she didnâ€™t mind the false starts when I tried to have a sit-down chat with her on camera last week.
Normally, I try to beÂ as professional as possible when it comes to interviews (look, stop laughing â€“ my boss might be reading this) but this one took a while to get going due to technical problems.
After a few goes at it we thought we were ready, but no â€“ the producer said we had to begin again, thanks to people wandering around in the background.
Bette, who released her latest album, A Gift Of Love, on Friday there, could only laugh at the setbacks.
â€œYouâ€™re in the shot, guys,â€ she shouted. â€œPhotobombers â€“ move away!â€
Photobombing â€“ not a bad reference for a 70-year-old!
Thatâ€™s right, Bette is 70 and she celebrated her latest birthday last week.
She looks brilliant for being a pensioner. The stage, pop and movie star is one of the few people Iâ€™ve never chatted to before, but have always wanted to.
Iâ€™m proud to say thereâ€™s not many left!
I thought Iâ€™d play it cool with Bette to start off with.
â€œAre you as brilliant as I think you are, Bette?â€ I asked.
â€œWhen I was a kid I thought I was pretty brilliant,â€ she laughed.
â€œNow Iâ€™m older I know the world is full of brilliant people and Iâ€™m just a small cog in a big wheel.â€
Bette (PA Archive)
Bette has just finished a UK tour.
â€œItâ€™s one of the greatest experiences Iâ€™ve had on stage. The audiences were just bonkers!
â€œThey treated me like I was visiting royalty and showed me so much love and affection.
â€œI hadnâ€™t been in the UK for 35 years, and I was only there for two weeks. So where does all that affection come from? I never showed up the UK!
â€œI made an effort to get out and see Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow when I was there, too.â€
I wanted to ask if Bette was feeling comfortable in herself now she was 70.
â€œItâ€™s a big birthday and Iâ€™d rather you didnâ€™t mention it,â€ she joked.
â€œI was going to have a big party but there really is no turning back now.
â€œItâ€™s very different from 60. Things start to happen you didnâ€™t expect, and you have to live through it to understand it.
â€œLike the menopause!â€