Paula Abdul is speaking out about her departure from the X Factor to clear up some rumors, stating she didn’t leave on bad terms, and she is still friends with Simon Cowell.
Abdul re-teamed with her former American Idol colleague Cowell to sit on the judging panel for the first season of the reality TV show, but she was axed from the line-up at the end of series one along with fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.
The recent buzz on the Web suggested she was furious about being booted from the show, but the singer has now spoken out to dismiss rumors of a rift with her longtime pal Cowell.
In a series of posts on Twitter, she writes, “Looks like the gossip mills are churning out a steady stream of fiction about me… Truth is, I parted ways amicably & remain friends w/ (with) Fremantle (production company), Fox & Simon. Just saw all my Fox friends the other day!… I know it’s boring & underwhelming, but hey, the truth usually is…”
Meanwhile, she is putting her house in Los Angeles up for sale and is moving out, according to real estate records. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom house holds some bad memories for the ex-“American Idol” judge.
In 2008, a 30-year-old obsessed fan, Paula Goodspeed, who’d auditioned for “Idol” and whose performance of “Proud Mary” was made fun of by the judges, died of a drug overdose a few feet from the property.
Also, this week her insurance company agreed to pay $900,000 to a woman who slipped on her driveway. The woman was working on a short-lived reality show, “Hey Paula,” when she fell.
Abdul said a few years ago she was looking to move, but the house finally went on the market this week with an asking price of $1.9 million.