Paula's Secret Battle
April 21, 2005
Nothing interests the tabloids more than dishing on well-known celebs, and right now on TV, nothing is hotter than "American Idol." So it isn't surprising that "Idol" judge PAULA ABDUL has been splashed across the front pages with allegations of drug abuse and more.
With all the untruths swirling about, the former Lakers Girl felt she had no recourse but to set the record straight. Her side of the story is in the upcoming People magazine.
In the issue, on newsstands Friday, April 22, Paula explains why she disappeared from the limelight for several years, why she became rail thin and the doctor who was finally able to get her back on track.
"Through a series of multiple car accidents, where I was hit, and an unfortunate plane crash, I ruptured so many disks, I knew something was going on in my neck," the pop star tells MARY HART. "I had numbness and tingling. I was in such excruciating pain. I just kept going. That is what dancers do. We go until we can't go anymore. When I had to shut my life down, I shut down."
During that time, Paula had a series of 12 surgeries, which according to the doctors were successful. She still had the pain, and she lost weight because, as she says, "when you are in that much pain, you don't have an appetite." She prayed for relief and for something to take her mind off her troubles.
"When I got 'American Idol' it was after my last surgery," she continues. "My prayers came true and I could actually get back to what I do and help other people realize their dreams. Still, I was in a lot of pain. I would be in my dressing room with my friend DANIEL. He would constantly be having to reapply my makeup because I would be shivering and having miniature seizures."
Then Paula met the doctor of her dreams, who told her he knew what to do without another surgery, and today, she is pain free.
"I want America to know that I have never ever been addicted to anything," the "Idol" judge explains. "No chemical dependency. I have never taken anything for recreation or for my injuries."
Now that Paula is finally in a great place, she was ready to tackle the tabloid articles and online message boards that were claiming she was a drug addict because of her wild behavior on "American Idol."
"I have been through the kind of journey that I would never wish on anybody," she concludes.
For more on Paula's problems, check out tonight's ET.