Paula Abdul claims she's never been drunk

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 15th 2007 2:41PM
Paula AbdulMany people, including Rosie, have accused American Idol celebrity judge Paula Abdul of sipping more than Diet Coke from the big old red cup that sits on the desk in front of her. Their proof: slurring speech, ditzy behavior, and often erratic body movements.

But it's all hogwash, according to Paula who told Us Weekly, "I've never been drunk. I have never done recreational drugs. Just look at my 20-year career. Tell me someone who is into partying or doing drugs that could have done that."

There, she's said it. Of course, celebrities say lots of things, and deny tons more.

Clinton never had "sex with that woman." And Anna Nicole Smith lost 70 pounds on Trimspa (wink) and not a steady diet of SlimFast/Methadone shakes. Not that I'm accusing Paula of lying. I'm just saying that it's hard to believe everything a celebrity tells us. They have images to uphold. And their right to privacy, as well. And unless they've hit rock bottom, are in rehab, or are selling a tell-all book, most of them aren't going to come clean on the pages of Us Weekly.

However, based on the boldness of her "never been drunk" statement, I'm going to assume she's telling the truth. Paula has become such a well-known celebrity, that I doubt she could hide it from the world if she really was as publically intoxicated as everyone accuses her of being. Sure, it's hard for me to believe that she never went wild for even ONE drunken weekend. But unless she's a total closet drinker, where are all the people who have gotten drunk with Paula or watched her get drunk? And if she IS such a deeply closeted drinker, then I seriously doubt she's getting hammered on the job in front of millions of viewers.

So Paula probably isn't a drunk. But she hasn't publically denied an addiction to prescription pain killers. Talking more about her health issues could certainly clear things up, as well. Until she's ready to come clean about everything, we're all going to keep speculating. Is she or isn't she a pill popper? I have no idea of knowing, and I'd hate to make ugly accusations, only to later learn that Paula's health problems are way more severe than anyone could have guessed. Yes, I remember the ugly things said about Annette Funicello before she went public about her MS.

I was hesitant to mention this story, knowing that it would encourage more of the same old comments. I get it. You have strong feelings about Paula. The Paula commenters always fall under two categories: 1)THE LOVERS, "Paula is a beautiful goddess, leave her alone," or 2) THE HATERS, "Paula is a stupid drunk and poor role-model, she deserves the boot." There seems to be no gray area when it comes to Paula Abdul.

The only reason I did post the story was because I figured Paula deserved to have her say for a change. She also told Us Weekly, "There have been 100 million lies about me. I'm squeaky clean. I've worked my ass off my entire life. (But) being involved in the show causes people to question everything."

There you have it. It's up to you whether you believe her or not. And of course, that is determined by which category of Paula commenters you fall under.

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I think Paula is doing a great job!! She is funny and witty. And who would pay any attention to weired Rosie anyway. There must be something in her cup. Why does everyone see something bad about someone.

February 20 2007 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like Paula. Yes she is a bit eccentric and does some weird stuff, but she is having fun. Let's leave her alone.

February 20 2007 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Paula was absolutely "high" on something. No one is stupid or blind. She should come clean or say nothing at all. I think she likes the attention and free publicity that she is getting. Up till now I liked her, now I question her validity.

February 20 2007 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Glen J. Andersn

Great Lady and beautiful and doing a great job, I like here and is she married and have children, I bet she is a great Wife and Mother if she is married with children. Keep up the good work Palua

February 20 2007 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, I swear I never INHALED

February 16 2007 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yes Paula may be eccentric,however i give her alot of credit she works two jobs american idol and jewelery design for QVC.dont forget shes had multiple back surgeries that have left her depressed and in constant pain.I really dought a fall down drunk or drug addict could keep up with should not point fingers until you have walked in her shoes!

February 16 2007 at 3:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tv junkie

someone had a little too much to drink before the interview~

February 16 2007 at 2:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

poor paula someones always picking on her! anyone remember when she got pulled over for driving in between lines on the la expressway! she told the cop u know who i am! um another celeb who thinks
shes above the law! clearly she was feeling the affects of something on the show ..she was spaced
out! pain killer is just a excuse for a addictive drug or drinking habit! paula your 48 now time to grow up and face your fears hun!

February 16 2007 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My point is, I know many people who get drunk every weekend, what does it matter?

February 15 2007 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And I never have eaten in my life!

February 15 2007 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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