American singer, dancer, and television personality

Paula Julie Abdul ( born June 19, 1962 ) [ 2 ] is an american singer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and television receiver personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the long time of 18 and late became the head choreographer for the Laker Girls, where she was discovered by The Jacksons. [ 3 ] After choreographing music video for Janet Jackson, Abdul became a choreographer at the altitude of the music television earned run average and soon thereafter she was signed to Virgin Records. Her debut studio apartment album Forever Your Girl ( 1988 ) became one of the most successful debut albums at that time, selling seven million copies in the United States and setting a record for the most number-one singles from a introduction album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart : “ Straight Up “, “ everlastingly Your Girl “, “ Cold Hearted “, and “ Opposites Attract “. Her second base album Spellbound ( 1991 ) scored her two more Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers : “ Rush Rush “ and “ The Promise of a New Day “. Her six number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Ariana Grande and Diana Ross for one-seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. [ 4 ]

Abdul was one of the original judges on the television series American Idol from 2002 to 2009, and has since appeared as a evaluate on The X Factor, Live to Dance, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Masked Dancer. She received choreography credits in numerous films, including Can’t Buy Me Love ( 1987 ), The Running Man ( 1987 ), Coming to America ( 1988 ), Action Jackson ( 1988 ), The Doors ( 1991 ), Jerry Maguire ( 1996 ), and American Beauty ( 1999 ). She received 17 MTV Video Music Award nominations, winning five, vitamin a well as receiving the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for “ Opposites Attract ” in 1991. She received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography twice for her work on The Tracey Ullman Show, and her own operation at the american Music Awards in 1990. Abdul was honored with her own leading on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is the first entertainer to be honored with the Nickelodeon Kids ‘ Choice Awards ‘ Hall of Fame Award .

early life

Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents. Abdul ‘s don, Harry Abdul, is of syrian Jewish inheritance and was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Brazil and emigrated to the United States. [ 5 ] Her mother, Lorraine, was a concert pianist [ 6 ] who grew up in one of the two Canadian-Jewish families in Minnedosa, Manitoba and has ancestors from Ukraine. [ citation needed ] Abdul has an older sister named Wendy. [ 7 ] As an avid dancer, Abdul was inspired towards a testify business career by Gene Kelly in the film Singin’ in the Rain. [ 8 ] Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early long time in ballet, jazz, and wiretap. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor scholar. [ 9 ] At 15, she received a eruditeness to a dance clique near Palm Springs, and in 1978, appeared in a low-budget independent musical film, Junior High School. In 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School. [ 9 ] Abdul studied broadcast at the California State University, Northridge. During her newcomer year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading team of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within a year, she became head choreographer. [ 10 ] She remained with the Laker Girls until 1986. [ 11 ]


1982–1986 : career beginnings

Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the dance band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. [ 12 ] She was signed to do the choreography for the video recording to their single “ torment “. [ 13 ] [ 11 ] Abdul recalled feeling intimidated by having to tell the Jacksons how to dance, stating that she was “ not quite sure how [ she ] got through that. ” [ 14 ] The achiever of the choreography in the video led to Abdul ‘s career as choreographer of music video, notably Janet Jackson ‘s “ What Have You Done for Me Lately “, “ Nasty “ and “ Control “ videos. [ 15 ] It was besides due to the success of the video that Abdul was chosen to be the choreographer for the Jacksons ‘ Victory enlistment. [ 8 ] [ 15 ] Abdul besides choreographed sequences for the giant keyboard scene involving Tom Hanks ‘s character in Big ( 1988 ). [ 16 ] [ 17 ]

1987–1999 : Forever Your Girl, Spellbound and Head over Heels

Abdul at the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards, 1990 In 1987, Abdul used her savings to make a sing demonstration. [ 18 ] Soon thereafter, she was signed to the newly formed Virgin Records America by Jeff Ayeroff, who had worked in market at A & M Records with Janet Jackson. Although she was a skilled dancer and choreographer, Abdul was a relatively untrained singer, and worked with respective coaches and record producers to develop her vocal music ability. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] Ayeroff recalled signing Abdul to a recording narrow years late, stating : “ She said, ‘I can sing, you know. I want to do an album. ‘ Paula ‘s in our diligence. here ‘s person with a personality and she ‘s gorgeous, and she can dance. If she can sing, she could be a asterisk. So she went into the studio and cut a demonstration record and she could sing. ” [ 21 ] Abdul ‘s debut studio apartment album, Forever Your Girl ( 1988 ), would become the most successful debut album in history at that time, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 graph after 64 weeks ( where it would spend 10 weeks at number one ), and set a commemorate for the most singles from a debut album to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 graph in the United States, with four : “ Straight Up “, “ everlastingly Your Girl “, “ Cold Hearted “, and “ Opposites Attract “. [ 22 ] [ 23 ] The album was late certified 7× platinum by the RIAA. A remix album, Shut Up and Dance: Mixes, was besides released and reached number seven in the United States, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date. [ 24 ] At the 32nd Grammy Awards, Abdul won her first Grammy for Best Music Video for “ Opposites Attract ”. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] She was besides nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “ Straight Up ”, but lost to Bonnie Raitt ‘s “ Nick of Time “. [ 25 ] In 1991, singer Yvette Marine filed a lawsuit against Abdul and the Virgin label, alleging that it was her vocals that were used on respective tracks from Forever Your Girl, most notably “ Opposites Attract ”. [ 19 ] [ 27 ] [ 28 ] A jury sided with Abdul and the label two years late in 1993, rejecting Marine ‘s claim to credit and copyright compensation. [ 29 ] [ 30 ] Abdul saw continue success with her second base studio album Spellbound ( 1991 ), which saw two extra number-one singles : “ Rush Rush “ and “ The Promise of a New Day “. A one-third individual “ Blowing Kisses in the Wind “ reached number six for three back-to-back weeks. Spellbound retained the dance-pop sound from Forever Your Girl and insert elements of R & B, and sold 7 million copies worldwide. [ 19 ] [ 31 ] The music video for “ Rush Rush ” featured a Rebel Without a Cause motif, starring Keanu Reeves in the James Dean function. [ citation needed ] The album ‘s other singles, “ Vibeology “ and “ Will You Marry Me ? “, saw moderate success on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching the lead 20. [ 32 ] [ 33 ] In 1991, Abdul starred in a popular Diet Coke commercial in which she danced with a digital trope of her paragon, a new Gene Kelly. [ 34 ] Abdul was honoured with a headliner on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 1991. [ 35 ] Abdul promoted Spellbound through the Under My Spell Tour, which was named by an MTV contest for fans. [ 36 ] [ 37 ] The enlistment was closely cancelled due to an accident during rehearsals, but began on schedule in October 1991 and concluded in August 1992. [ 37 ] After her initial period of master success, Abdul ‘s career entered a brief suspension while she sought treatment for personal and physical issues. [ 19 ] [ 38 ] Her third studio album, Head over Heels ( 1995 ), retained both pop and R & B elements and power saw mince commercial success, peaking at count 18 on the Billboard 200 graph in the United States and late becoming her lowest-selling release. [ 19 ] The lead single from Head over Heels, “ My Love Is for Real “, featured a fusion of R & B and traditional Middle Eastern instruments, and was performed with Yemeni-Israeli singer Ofra Haza. Its accompanying Lawrence of Arabia -inspired music video was played in theaters across the worldly concern as a prologue to the film Clueless. The single performed well on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it reached number one, and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. “ Crazy Cool “ and “ Ai n’t Never Gon na Give You Up “ served as the album ‘s irregular and third singles. To date, Head over Heels has sold over 500,000 copies in the United States. [ 39 ] In 1995, Abdul released a dance exercise video entitled Paula Abdul’s Get Up and Dance! ( re-released on DVD in 2003 ), a fast-paced, rap style exercise. [ 40 ] In 1997, Abdul co-wrote a song called “ Spinning Around “ with record manufacturer and composer Kara DioGuardi, which was intended to be her comeback one from a new album, but the plan never materialized and the song was late given to Kylie Minogue. [ 19 ] [ 41 ] That class, Abdul appeared in the ABC television movie Touched By Evil, playing a businesswoman who discovers that her boyfriend is a serial raper. [ 42 ] [ 43 ] In 1998, she released a second exercise video recording called Cardio Dance ( re-released on DVD in 2000 ). [ 44 ] Thereafter, Abdul served as the choreographer for several film and dramaturgy productions, including the 1998 melodious Reefer Madness and the cheerlead scenes in American Beauty ( 1999 ) .

2000–2009 : American Idol, Hey Paula and return to music

In 2000, Virgin Records, with whom Abdul was already no longer consort, [ 45 ] released the first of two compilation albums by Abdul, Paula Abdul: Greatest Hits. Abdul co-produced the 2001 fender for Skirts, an MTV television serial about a high school cheerleading police squad ; Abdul was besides set to appear as the head coach. The pilot never aired. [ 46 ] In 2002, she began appearing as one of three judges on the Fox world competition series American Idol, where she won praise as a sympathetic and compassionate estimate and mentor. She seemed specially kind compared to fellow judge Simon Cowell, who was much deaden in his appraisals of the contestants ‘ performances. When she realized that Cowell ‘s extraordinary judge style was heartbreaking for many young contestants, Abdul was horrified and she considered leaving the serial. Although their differences frequently resulted in inflame on-air exchanges and confrontations, Cowell says he played a major function in convincing Abdul not to leave the serial. [ 47 ] While serving as a judge on American Idol, Abdul accepted a second base assignment as reporter for Entertainment Tonight. [ 48 ] In December 2005, Abdul launched a cheerleading/fitness/dance DVD serial called Cardio Cheer, which is marketed to children and adolescent girls involved with cheerlead and dance. [ 49 ] Abdul besides choreographed The King ‘s touchdown celebration, as seen in a string of Burger King television receiver commercials that aired during the 2005–06 NFL season. [ 17 ] In 2006, Abdul appeared on the third base series of The X Factor UK as a guest evaluator during the auditions, sitting aboard judges Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. A second compilation album, Greatest Hits: Straight Up!, was released in 2007 by the Virgin label, who besides made all of Abdul ‘s releases under their label available for digital download on iTunes. That year, Bravo began airing a reality television series centered around Abdul, Hey Paula, which followed her through her daily life sentence. [ 19 ] [ 41 ] [ 50 ] Abdul ‘s behavior as depicted on the series was described as “ erratic ” by comedian Rosie O’Donnell and was criticized by audiences and critics, and Hey Paula was cancelled after a single season. [ 51 ]
In 2007, Paula Abdul Jewelry launched its nationally consumer debut on QVC, with the tagline “ fashion jewelry designed with heart and soul. ” [ 52 ] Abdul ‘s first QVC appearance resulted in 15 sellouts of her first jewelry collection involving more than 34,000 pieces. [ 53 ] In 2008, Abdul returned to music charts for the inaugural time in closely thirteen years with the single “ Dance Like There ‘s No Tomorrow “, the first track on the album Randy Jackson’s Music Club Vol. 1. [ 54 ] The song debuted on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, [ 55 ] and Abdul performed it during the pre-game prove for Super Bowl XLII. [ 56 ] “ Dance Like There ‘s No Tomorrow ” was a humble comeback hit for Abdul, peaking at count 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The moderate success led to reports of Abdul beginning knead on a newfangled album, but this never materialized. [ 57 ] [ 58 ] Abdul besides made a brief guest appearance on an episode of the british television series Hotel Babylon, which aired in the United Kingdom in February 2008. [ 59 ] In January 2009, Abdul hosted “ RAH !, ” a cheerleading rival on MTV. [ 60 ] “ RAH ! ” featured five collegiate squads competing in a series of challenges with Abdul crowning one the winner. [ 61 ] In May 2009, Abdul debuted her latest original sung to date, “ I ‘m just here for the Music “ ( in the first place an unreleased song from Kylie Minogue ‘s ninth album Body Language ) on the Ryan Seacrest Radio KIIS-FM read and performed the single on the American Idol. “ I ‘m merely here for the Music ” reached number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Abdul ‘s fifteenth sung to appear on the chart. [ 62 ] [ 63 ] In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in July 2009, Abdul ‘s coach David Sonenberg told the newspaper that, “ very sadly, it does not appear that she ‘s going to be second on Idol. ” [ 64 ] This came about as a resultant role of stalled negotiations between Abdul and the series. In August, after numerous abridge negotiations, Abdul confirmed that she would not return to Idol for its one-ninth season. [ 65 ] The Times cited reports Abdul had been earning a much as $ 5 million per season and that she was reportedly seeking ampere much as $ 20 million to return. [ 66 ] Abdul was replaced by Ellen DeGeneres. Abdul claimed her departure from Idol was not about money, but that she had to stand on principle. [ 67 ] [ 68 ] [ 69 ]

2010–2015 : Live to Dance, The X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance

In January 2010, Abdul presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to choreographer Julie McDonald at the 11th Anniversary indicate of The carnival : Choreographer ‘s Ball. [ 70 ] In November, Abdul launched and co-founded, a web site that allows aspiring talents to connect with casting directors, producers, and managers. [ 71 ]
Live to Dance in 2011 Abdul on the set ofin 2011 In January 2011, Abdul began appearing on the ephemeral CBS reality rival serial Live to Dance, where she was besides an administrator manufacturer. [ 72 ] Abdul said that unlike American Idol, Live to Dance is less about “ rival ” and more about “ celebration. ” [ 73 ] After its first season of seven episodes, it was cancelled by CBS. [ 74 ] In May 2011, it was announced that Abdul would rejoin Cowell on the inaugural season of the american version of The X Factor. [ 75 ] In January 2012, Abdul announced that she would not return as a evaluate for the series ‘ second season. [ 76 ] [ 77 ] Abdul was replaced by Demi Lovato. In October 2012, Abdul served as a guest judge during week four of the All-Stars version of Dancing with the Stars. [ 78 ] In April 2013, Abdul appeared on the exceed 5 results show of season 12 of American Idol to compliment dissenter Candice Glover on her performance of “ Straight Up ”. [ 79 ] On July 9, 2013, Abdul was a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance ( season ten ). [ 80 ] In October 2013, Abdul was named as a judge on the revamped So You Think You Can Dance Australia, which aired on Australia ‘s Network Ten from February 9 through May 1, 2014. Abdul was introduce as a permanent wave member of the evaluator ‘s panel for all episodes of this season. She former became a permanent wave judge of the american translation starting with its twelfth season. [ 81 ] In January 2017, Abdul announced that she would not be returning as a judge for its fourteenth season because of her go schedule. [ 82 ] In April 2014, Abdul was a guest pronounce on RuPaul’s Drag Race, which reunited her with former Idol contestant Adore Delano. In June 2014, Abdul made a cameo appearance on the australian soap opera Neighbours and shared scenes with established character Karl Kennedy ( Alan Fletcher ). [ 83 ] In 2015, Abdul made a guest appearance on the drollery situation comedy Real Husbands of Hollywood on its season 4 premier. She was shown in a comedic fit with Arsenio Hall where she was trying to kick Hall out of her pool house. On November 16, 2015, Abdul along with Charles “ Chucky ” Klapow, Renee Richie, and Nakul Dev Mahajan won the World Choreography Award for Outstanding Choreography Digital Format for the video ‘Check Yourself ‘. On November 22, 2015, Abdul and Donnie Wahlberg presented Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock at the 43rd american Music Awards ; the award Abdul won at the 1990 AMAs, presented to her by Wahlberg .

2016–present : reappearance to perform, Las Vegas residency

On August 6, 2016, Abdul performed a full headline set for the first clock in 26 years at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania. [ 84 ] In November 2016, New Kids on the Block announced that Abdul would be touring with them and Boyz II Men on their sum Package Tour in 2017 ; her first tour in 25 years. [ 85 ] The go began on May 12 in Columbus, Ohio and concluded on July 16, 2017, in Hollywood, Florida, for a total of 47 shows. [ 86 ] [ 87 ] In an interview with Elle magazine, Abdul stated there were “ many reasons ” she decided to return to the stage after over two decades, saying : “ I took a long break and had sustained some injuries in the past. then I returned to television with American Idol and that took up a good ten of my life. then I went out to do some more television receiver, equally well. I always wanted to get back on stage, because I missed it. I wanted to get back in conclude contact with the people who have supported me all throughout my career and be able to see them again. Plus, I was getting asked all the clock time if I would ever do it again ! I last said, You know what, I want to and I ‘m going to make it a precedence. I ‘m truly passionate about it and it ‘s fun, and I want to connect with my fans around the country. ” [ 88 ] In July 2018, Abdul announced that she would embark on a solo headlining enlistment across North America that fall, entitled Straight Up Paula !, as part of the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of her debut studio album Forever Your Girl. [ 89 ] [ 90 ] The enlistment began in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 18 and concluded in Los Angeles, California on June 7, 2019, for a total of 25 shows. [ 89 ] Abdul performed a medley of her greatest hits at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, closing out the indicate. [ 91 ] On May 1, 2019, Abdul announced her first base Las Vegas residency, Paula Abdul : everlastingly Your Girl. The residency ‘s first base leg began August 13, the beginning of 20 dates, ending January 2020. [ 92 ] On June 7, 2019, Abdul opened LA Pride. [ 93 ]

Abdul besides performed at the fourteenth series stopping point of America’s Got Talent with Light Balance Kids, Brian King Joseph, and Tyler Butler-Figueroa to surprise Cowell. In October 2020, it was announced that Abdul would serve as a panelist for Fox ‘s reality rival, The Masked Dancer. [ 94 ] In April 2021, ABC announced that Abdul would return to American Idol as a guest-judge while Luke Bryan was out brainsick after being diagnosed with COVID-19. [ 95 ]

personal life

Abdul married actor Emilio Estevez in 1992, and divorced him in 1994. [ 96 ] [ 97 ] In 1995, Abdul stated that the cause for their divorce was that she wanted children and Estevez, who had two children from a previous relationship, did not. [ 98 ] Abdul married dress couturier Brad Beckerman in 1996, at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. They divorced in 1998, after 17 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. [ 99 ] In 1994, Abdul sought treatment for bulimia nervosa, which she revealed years subsequently she first developed as a adolescent and entirely intensified after she became a dad headliner, explaining : “ Battling bulimia has been like war on my body. Me and my body have been on two separate sides. We ‘ve never, until recently, been on the lapp side. I learned at a identical early old age I did n’t fit in physically. I learned through years of rejections from auditions. I would ask myself, ‘Why ca n’t I be tall and scraggy like the early dancers ? ‘ I felt nervous and out of control, and all I could think about was food. Food numbed the fear and anxiety. I ‘d eat and then run to the toilet. I thought, ‘God I ‘m not perfect. I ‘m going to disappoint people. That ‘s what I thought. It became a living hell for me. I wanted to get help. I want to be free from weighing myself on the scales. Whether I was sticking my capitulum in the gutter or exercising for hours a day, I was spitting out the food – and the feelings. ” [ 38 ] Abdul is law-abiding in her jewish faith, [ 100 ] and is gallant of her inheritance. She once stated, “ My beget is a syrian Jew whose class immigrated to Brazil. My mother is canadian with jewish roots. My dream is to go to Israel for a real holiday. ” In November 2006, when Israeli Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog invited her to Israel, Abdul responded with a hug, adding, “ I will come ; you have helped me make a dream hail true. ” [ 101 ] In 2013, at the old age of 51, Abdul had her bat mitzvah in Safed, Israel, at the International Center for Tzfat Kabbalah, [ 102 ] a museum and religious retreat for the study of Kabbalah – Jewish mysticism. In 2003, Abdul was reported as a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. [ 103 ] In December 2004, Abdul was driving her Mercedes-Benz on a Los Angeles-area expressway when she changed lanes and hit another fomite, but did not stop or render aid. [ 104 ] The driver and passenger took a photograph with a cell earphone camera and wrote down the license plate number of the car, which was traced to Abdul. In March 2005, Abdul was fined US $ 900 and given 24 months of informal probation after pleading nolo contendere ( no contest ) to misdemeanor hit-and-run drive. She was ordered to pay US $ 775 for damage to the early car. [ 105 ] In April 2005, Abdul said that she suffers from a neurological disorder, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, that causes chronic pain. [ 106 ] In April 2006, Abdul filed a report at a Hollywood police station claiming she had been a victim of battery at a private party at about 1 am on April 2, according to LAPD spokesman Lt. Paul Vernon. [ 107 ] “ According to Abdul, the man at the party argued with her, grabbed her by the arm and threw her against a wall, ” Vernon said. “ She said she had sustained a concussion and spinal injuries. ” [ 108 ] On November 11, 2008, a 30-year-old charwoman named Paula Goodspeed was found dead in her car outside of Abdul ‘s Los Angeles dwelling in Sherman Oaks, California. [ 109 ] The death was ruled a suicide by drug overdose, and she was found surrounded by prescription drug pills, along with photos and CDs of Abdul. Goodspeed was an obsessive fan of Abdul, having legally changed her name to Paula, drawn many pictures of her, sent her flowers and auditioned for Abdul on season 5 of American Idol in 2005 at a intercept in Austin, Texas, before being dismissed from the indicate. [ 110 ] Goodspeed had been accused in the press of being a fame stalker but her relatives disputed the claim. [ 111 ] [ 112 ] [ 113 ] Abdul is a dog lover who raised awareness about National Guide Dog Month in May 2009, and she teamed up with Dick Van Patten to help people with blindness to have more independence through the aid of guide dogs. [ 114 ] She does not wear real fur. [ 115 ]


In May 2005, ABC ‘s news magazine Primetime Live reported claims by season 2 American Idol dissenter Corey Clark that he and Abdul had had an matter during that season, and she had coached him on how to succeed in the competition. [ 116 ] That Clark came ahead at a time when he was marketing a compact disk and trying to get a book manage was seen as leery by some, but Clark maintains that his career was being prejudiced because of his relationship with Abdul, and that is why he came forth with the information to clear his name. [ 116 ] For the most part, Abdul refused to comment on Clark ‘s allegations. Simon Cowell came to Abdul ‘s defense, [ 117 ] calling Corey Clark a fawn and express, “ It was barely person using her to get a lot of promotion for an appalling commemorate, full stop. ” [ 118 ] [ 119 ] At the height of the debacle, Abdul appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit, making light of the situation. [ 120 ] While Fox launched an investigation, Abdul received numerous calls of support from celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Kelly Ripa ; Barbara Walters addressed the camera during an episode of ABC ‘s The View to say she was sad to be part of an operation that would report Clark ‘s flimsy yellow journalism claims under the guise of a news program report. In August 2005, the Fox network confirmed that Abdul would be returning to the picture, as the investigation had found “ insufficient evidence that the communications between Mr. Clark and Ms. Abdul in any way aided his operation. ” [ 121 ] message abuse allegations arose as the leave of what some described as “ erratic demeanor ” [ 106 ] by Abdul during episodes of American Idol. After reading these allegations on message boards, Abdul told People in April 2005 that she had suffered from chronic pain for years following a “ cheerlead accident ” at long time 17 and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic muscular dystrophy ( RSD ) in November 2004 ; she added that she was pain-free surveil treatment with anti-inflammatory medication. [ 106 ] Allegations arose again in January 2007 when videos circulated on the Internet of Abdul appearing to sway in her chair and slur her speech during a set of interviews. [ 122 ] Abdul ‘s publicist attributed this to fatigue and technical difficulties during the record of the interviews. [ 122 ] It was revealed on the Bravo read Hey Paula, which had followed Abdul with a television camera anterior to the interviews, that Abdul had not been sleeping, possibly suffering from some mild form of insomnia. [ 123 ] In February 2007, Abdul told Us Weekly that she had never been drink in or used illegal drugs, and called the allegations “ lies ”. [ 124 ] In a March 2007 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Abdul joked that her audit behavior was caused by her being “ abducted by aliens. ” Abdul has claimed that she was seriously injured in a plane crash in 1993, necessitating 15 cervical surgeries. When, in 2020, sources including Jezebel questioned the veracity of this, Abdul responded in an onstage monologue at her Forever Your Girl Vegas residency, stating “ there are seven early people that were on the airplane, who were in that plane accident with me. then, I in truth do n’t care what people have to say. I do n’t. ” [ 125 ] As meticulous records of aircraft incidents are maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration and other external governing bodies, and as there is no phonograph record of any incidental as described, the affirmation has been described as obviously specious. In May 2009, Ladies’ Home Journal posted an article on its web site that said that Abdul told them she stayed at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California for three days the former year to recover from physical dependence on prescription drug pain medications. [ 126 ] [ 127 ] The medications, prescribed due to injuries and her RSD diagnosis, included a pain mend, nerve medicine, and a muscle relaxant. According to the article, Abdul said the medications made her “ get eldritch ” at times and that she suffered from physical withdrawal symptoms during her convalescence. [ 127 ] Later that lapp week, in an interview with Detroit radio station WKQI, Abdul rejected the article ‘s accuracy. She told the radio station she never checked into a rehab clinic and never had a drug abuse problem. [ 128 ]


Tours and residencies



As actress/presenter

As choreographer

Awards and honors

Abdul has received several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video for “ Opposites Attract “, five MTV Video Music Awards both as choreographer and lead artists, two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography, among others. In 1991 she was honoured at the 1991 Kids ‘ Choice Awards with a Hall of Fame recognition [ 136 ] and received a Phonograph record star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [ 137 ] early honors include Woman of the year by the Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2007, Entertainer of the year at the Tremaine National Gala in 2008, the Lifetime Achievement Award at The carnival : Choreographer ‘s Ball in 2013 and the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award by the Music Business Association in 2017 .

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