Late-1980s and 1990s superstar, Paula Abdul has experienced immense success as a singer-songwriter, choreographer, and in her most recent years, as a judge on the FOX hit program ‘American Idol’. Abdul’s journey on the show has been a rocky one though.
Continuous public and private conflict with fellow judge Simon Cowell, as well as snide remarks about the diva having an alcohol addiction and being an airhead has played out in the media for some time.
While Abdul was being interviewed by Julie Chen on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ to promote her new CBS reality show ‘Live to Dance,’ where amateur dancers will compete for a half-million-dollar prize, the singer took the opportunity to address the public’s misconceptions as well.
“I am intelligent. Having a brain – that’s a concept, yes, with Paula Abdul. I have a brain,” says the ex-judge.
Abdul goes on to reveal that her relationship with Cowell was worse off-air. “I was the Lucy, to his Desi,” she admits.
She then confronts the allegations about her drinking problem saying, “I’ve never had a drinking problem. Even though I’ve been in this business for quite some time, I’ve never physically been drunk in my life. I’ve never been drunk in my life. I don’t use recreational drugs. But I am goofy. It’s Paula. And even the people on ‘Idol’ know that none of that existed, ever.”
The side of Abdul fans witnessed on ‘American Idol’ is one the artist claims does not reflect her. Hopefully audiences will be able to experience the real Abdul during ‘Live to Dance’.