You know that old adage that sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all? Well, for some people that isn’t always the case, whether they’re on the receiving end or the one doling out advice. Celebs with more experience – even if it’s just by virtue of being around longer – can’t help but share what they know, and while sometimes their words hurt, other times the message is accepted and all is right with the world.
Here’s what Aretha, Bette and Meryl really think of the next generation of stars
Martha to GOOP"She just needs to be quiet. She's a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart."
Ouch. Is Stewart queen of the lifestyle world and Paltrow just visiting? Maybe, but there are less shady ways to advise, non? This sounds like prison Martha talking.Getty Images
Bette Midler to Ariana Grande"It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous."
Why would Bette use Ari as an example? At least Grande restrained herself and responded with class.Getty Images
Usher to the Biebs"I'm gonna give advice to a kid who I think is moving in the wrong direction or has actually made stupid decisions, but we're all human. His decisions, his choices, are his own; he has to own them."
Striking the perfect balance, Usher is an ideal mentor for Biebs.Getty Images
Sinead O'Connor to Miley Cyrus"Nothing but harm will come in the long run from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women for you to send across the message that you are to be valued more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent."
'Nuff said.Getty Images
Meatloaf to Adele''I don't think an audience ever understands how hard it is for a touring artist. Not even Adele can do it, because she was 22 and had a vocal cord hemorrhage. My advice to her? Take it easy.''
The Loaf speaks from experience, having dealt with his own health issues, and it seems she listened.Getty Images
Zoe Saldana to any up-and-comer who will listen"Whenever these young women come and they want to just take everything all at once, you kind of go, 'Child, sit down. Yes, you're beautiful but listen to these 1, 2, 3s. 1) Don't hike up your skirt too much. 2) I'm pretty sure you're intelligent, so act like it. 3) Read a book."
J.Lo to Meghan Trainor"Be very picky, know your worth, know that you’re awesome and you need to aim high."
Here's hoping Meghan heeds J.Lo's love advice better than J.Lo.Getty Images
Louis C.K. to Amy Poehler"Divorce is always good news, because no good marriage has ever ended in divorce."
A tad harsh — although we doubt it was a dig at Amy's ex, Will Arnett. Louis simply meant, there's no point in enduring a marriage that isn't working. Why should anyone suffer longer than necessary?Getty Images
Meryl Streep to aspiring young performers everywhere"For young women, I would say, don't worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men and women, too, what makes you different or weird? That's your strength."
It's Meryl. Need we say more?Getty Images
Aretha Franklin to Taylor Swift and Nicki MinajHer thoughts on Minaj: "Hmm. I’m going to pass on that one." And Swift: "Great gowns, beautiful gowns."
This is how to handle one's self when talking about others. Aretha adhered to the if-you-can't-say-something-nice-don't-say-anything-at-all rule or spun it into a backhanded compliment. Respect.Getty Images