Bette Midler has berated Lady Gaga for stealing her stage stunt of performing as a wheelchair-bound mermaid.
The Born This Way singer recently performed in Sydney dressed in a black shroud and mermaid costume while sitting in a wheelchair.
But Beaches star Bette, 65, wrote on Twitter that the routine belongs to her and that the star should leave it alone.
"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...," she said.
Bette then appealed directly to the extrovert star, writing: "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."
Bette later extended an olive branch to the 25-year-old performer, however.
She tweeted: "Lady Gaga, let's drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can co-exist!"
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