How much is Paula Abdul worth?

Net Worth:$30 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:June 19, 1962
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.52 m

From Laker girl to ‘80s pop sensation, she went off the radar in the ‘90s before coming back big in 2002 rambling praise (sometimes incoherently) as a judge on American Idol.

Who Is Paula Abdul

She went from being Forever Your Girl in the ‘80s to America’s favorite slurring judge on the singing reality show American Idol in the new millennium. Though not always ‘Straight Up’ with her judging, Paula Abdul’s optimism acted as the perfect foil to Simon Cowell’s scathing criticism—not to mention provided endless entertainment through their bizarre love-hate chemistry.  

American singer Paula Abdul has a net worth of $30 million dollars, as of 2020.

Dancing (And Cheering) To The Top

Born Paula Julie Abdul in San Fernando, Calif,, Abdul lived the charmed life of a talented high school dancer and cheerleader. Influenced by the likes of Broadway greats Fred Astaire, Bob Fosse and Debbie Allen, Abdul set her sights on a career in dance at a young age and never looked back.  

Her big break came when the then-college freshman won a spot as a Laker girl. She promptly abandoned her Broadcasting studies at the University of California-Northridge to strut her assets in front of her hometown crowd. Abdul’s talent—and ambition—led her to win the head choreographer spot after just three months on the squad.  

Life as a Lakers Girl was sweet, but Abdul had her eye on a bigger prize: worldwide superstardom. She left the Lakers Girls after six months and promptly hooked up with The Jacksons to choreograph their single ‘Torture.’ Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon apparently liked her work—they soon asked her to sign on as the lead choreographer on their ‘Victory’ tour. Abdul quickly became one of the most sought-after choreographers in Hollywood. She helped create some of the most iconic dance scenes of the 80’s, including Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ and the Tom Hanks piano scene in Big.  

Forever Your Girl

It wasn’t long before Abdul decided she wanted to break out from behind the scenes and become a household name. She recorded a demo with money saved from her choreographer gigs. Her voice was anything but exceptional, but her dance talents and pop-driven sound fit in well with the ‘80s MTV culture and she was soon signed to a deal with Virgin Records. Abdul’s first record, Forever Your Girl, debuted in 1988 and slowly rose to the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 200, buoyed by hits ‘Straight Up’, ‘Forever Your Girl’, ‘Cold Hearted’ and ‘Opposites Attract.’ Her sophomore album, Spellbound, was a bigger success—thanks in part to the video for the single ‘Rush, Rush’ featuring a post-Bill & Ted, pre-Matrix Keanu Reeves as Abdul’s devil-may-care love interest.  

Falling Star

Despite her personal success, Abdul’s personal life was in shambles—her rocky marriage to actor Emilio Estevez ended after just two years in 1994 and she admitted she was battling bulimia. Her problems only got worse in 1995 when the less-than-stellar sales of her fourth album, Head Over Heels, soured her relationship with Virgin Records and she left the label soon after to sign with Mercury Records. That deal soured as well, leaving Abdul without a recording contract for the first time in a decade.  

America’s Idol

She faded from the limelight until she made a comeback as a judge on American Idol in 2002. The singing competition, the American version of the Britain’s Pop Idol, put her in the iconic judges chairs between acid-tongued record exec Simon Cowell and R&B producer Randy Jackson. Idol’s debut season was a runaway smash success thanks in part to talents like Kelly Clarkson and the eccentric judging styles of Abdul, Cowell and Jackson. Abdul’s “glass half full” critiques earned her the reputation as the show’s nice judge and many contestants looked to her for advice, earning her the unofficial role as “den mother” of American Idol. She signed an indefinite contract to remain on Idol after the success of the first season.

Her stint on Idol wasn’t without controversy. Disqualified season two contestant Corey Clark alleged in his 2005 book that Abdul used her sex appeal to manipulate him. He claimed Abdul helped him pick out clothes, music and gave advice on how to win the competition. Abdul quickly shot down the rumors and a subsequent investigation by Fox and Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe found that Clark made the whole thing up.

Her alleged addictions (or non-addictions, as she claims) to both alcohol and painkillers also came up after Abdul acted erratically at several Idol events and live on the show. She claimed a back injury earlier in her career made daily activities painful, though she claimed to have cured her pain naturally. Rumors continued to plague the judge even becoming a punch line for the show and celebrity gossip rags.  

Life After Idol

Abdul announced her departure from Idol in late August 2009, but her exit didn’t mean she wanted to leave television. Soon after her announcement, Abdul hosted VH1’s Divas Live and even poked fun at her replacement, Ellen DeGeneres, with a tongue-in-cheek imitation of her signature dancing style. Fans missed Abdul during the 2009-2010 season and it seemed that Abdul also missed the judge’s chair—she appeared as the lead judge and mentor on the premiere season of CBS’ reality show, Live to Dance.  

Her bubbly personality, and erratic behavior, makes for some must-see-TV each week. Not bad for a girl who made her way into the entertainment business as a cheerleader.

Defining Quote “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 and or doing drugs that could have done that.”

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