Paula Reveals 25 Years of Pain
April 20, 2005
Paula Abdul's somewhat-bizarre behavior on this
season's "American Idol" has led to
cruel speculation on message boards and in chat
rooms across America. People have called Paula
"spaced out" and described her as someone
But now, the sweet judge is courageously stepping
forward in the upcoming issue of People magazine
to talk about a painful 25-year health struggle
that includes 12 surgeries and heavy medications.
The 42-year-old former dancer-turned-'80's-singing-sensation
told People magazine that her debilitating chronic
pain started with a cheerleading accident when
she was 17, and after numerous doctors and treatments,
she felt paralyzed and on some days, couldn't
even get out of bed.
But Paula's career turned around when "American
Idol" called and asked her to be a judge
-- but even then, Paula told People she did the
first season in intense pain.
So how could Abdul possibly be that perky in so
much pain? Paula says she's found the right doctor
and the right treatment and is no longer suffering.
Paula also vehemently denies having a drug problem,
saying, "I'm not addicted to pills of any
kind." She even revealed that she's started
For now, the positive-thinking and perky Paula
is finally happy and pain-free, and even told
People she's ready for a relationship again.
You can read all about Paula's health confession
in the new issue of People, which hits newsstands