Paula Abdul dismisses painkiller addiction reports
Singer Paula Abdul has said that she was not addicted to painkillers for 12 years, has never been drunk and never checked into a rehab.entertainment Updated: May 08, 2009 16:30 IST
Singer Paula Abdul has said that she was not addicted to painkillers for 12 years, has never been drunk and never checked into a rehab.
The comments come days after the American Idol judge revealed in an interview with Ladies Home Journal that she'd battled a 12-year addiction to painkillers.
The magazine said that Abdul, to overcome her habit, checked into the La Costa Resort & Spa in California last Thanksgiving to wean herself off painkillers, reports The New York Daily News.
Now, however, she claims that the magazine got it wrong and took her remarks out of context.
Abdul, 46, told two radio shows Thursday morning that she never said she had been addicted to painkillers or checked into rehab.
"It was very stressful for me to hear that and to be quoted saying something. I never said," Abdul told hosts on the Detroit radio show "Mojo in the Morning."
"I've never checked into a rehab clinic. I've never been addicted or abused drugs, and I've never abused alcohol. I've never even been drunk in my life," she said.
When hosts of the Dallas-based radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning asked her if it had been difficult to talk about her struggle with addiction, she replied, "I didn't. I was quoted as saying something I didn't say."
In her defence, the stunner said the facility where she was reported to have retreated to detox is a vacation spot, not a clinic.