But now Paula Abdul is sticking up for her sober self. She held a press conference Saturday to explain recent, odd behavior.
â€œIâ€™ve never been drunk,â€ she told television journalists at the panel discussion in Pasadena, California. â€œIâ€™m not under the influence of anything.
The 44-year-old American Idol judge has given several recent television interviews in which she exhibited slurred speech and even appeared to fall asleep mid-questioning.
The issue isn't new.
On an episode of American Idol last March, when asked about one contestantâ€™s elimination, she responded randomly with: â€œSimon says because one of them ate pizza and the other one ate salad.â€
During the same broadcast, she uttered a mixed metaphor involving a moth and a melon, prompting fellow judge Randy Jackson to ask what she had been drinking.
While Abdul said itâ€™s in her nature to make fun of herself, she assured reporters that she takes her position as a public figure seriously.
â€œIâ€™m doing my job and having fun,â€ she said. â€œAlthough I might not take myself seriously, there are young girls watching me, and I know Iâ€™m a role model. Iâ€™ve been a teacher, and the fact that some of them would look up to me and want to be the next choreographer or the next singer, I would not violate that trust.â€
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