We all knew she was on something. Paula Abdul's addiction to painkillers is the hot topic in the latest issue of Ladies Home Journal. The 47-year old American Idol judge opened up to the magazine about her 12-year addiction to painkillers. Since she was a cheerleader at age 17, Paula Abdul has suffered from from various accidents, leading up to her painkiller addiction. In 2005, she was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome and began wearing a pain patch that was 80 times more powerful than morphine. Paula Abdul claims to have never have taped an episode of American Idol under the influence. (Yeah, right.) She says that sleepless nights from her medication caused her to act a bit "weird" on Idol.
Last year Paul Abdul checked into the La Costa Resort and Spa in an attempt to kick the habit. Of her withdrawal she said, "I could have killed myself.... Withdrawal -- it's the worst thing...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."
I will say this for Paul Abdul: she looks fabulous this season! I love the hair and outfits. Though she's not 100%, she is more like the Paula I remember from the earlier seasons of American Idol; she' not as kooky as she's been in recent years. I'm still a fan…and I'd go so far to say I'm "forever your girl", Paula.
What do you think of Paula Abdul? Love her, hate her? If you're an old school fan like me, be sure to check out her performance, tonight on American Idol.