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Paula Abdul Admits Addiction to Pain Meds
The singer cops to a 12-year addiction–and sings on Idol
It was a straight-up Paula Abdul scandal trifecta yesterday. Apparently, Paula’s just here for the music. Or maybe the prescription painkillers. But definitely not the money.
First, the singer/ choreographer/American Idol judge/cartoon-cat-romancer made headlines by admitting her addiction to pain meds–which she’d previously and vehemently denied. File that under S for straight-up shocker!
The oft-perplexed Paula tells Ladies’ Home Journal that she’d been taking meds for more than a decade to handle pain from a variety of accidents, involving planes, stages, automobiles and, of course, cheerleading.
So like any normal, pharmaceutically aware American, she popped some pills. Or rather, she slapped on a patch–delivering pain meds about 80 times stronger than morphine, she says.
Which means technically, she wasn’t lying in 2005 when she told People magazine, “Drugs? I’m not addicted to pills of any kind.”
Give the woman credit for being crafty while high as a mega-morphine-kite.
Paula says she sobered up at California’s La Costa Resort and Spa last Thanksgiving: “I could have killed myself…. Withdrawal–it’s the worst thing,” she has said. “I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain, it was excruciating. But at my very core, I did not like existing the way I had been.”
This finally explains some of her more unhinged unusual TV appearances. Like this incoherent hot mess of an interview with a local FOX affiliate. Or this Idol critique of a contestant’s “second” song when he’d only actually sung one song. Or this gem from her reality show, Hey Paula, where she seems to drift off while smelling new scents for her perfume line.
But Paula didn’t stop with just one breaking-news event. Oh, no–she’s forever our girl for a reason.
Next, the Los Angeles Times reported that Paula–whose Idol contract is up for renewal after this season–is getting paid waaaay less than snarky Simon Cowell. Like he gets $36 million a season and she gets, um… $2 million. But in Simon’s defense, he’s also a producer of the show. And can complete a sentence.
Paula has said she’s cold-hearted when it comes to contract negotiations for next season, according to the L.A. Times.
“I stay out of the negotiation area, and I let my people handle that because I have to stay focused on being an artist and doing what I do best. I love my job. And I’m having my best time ever this season. And you know what? As long as I’m having fun, loving what I’m doing, everything will work itself out.”
And it certainly did on Paula’s performance of her new single, “I’m Just Here for the Music,” on Idol last night. Or it kind of did. Or she kind of lip-synced her way through it.
But whatever–she danced, she looked hot! What else can we ask of the lovely old Laker Girl?