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Paula Abdul says no to more 'Hey Paula,' dishes on 'Idol 7' and love


By Christopher Rocchio, 10/01/2007 

Paula Abdul thinks Bravo's Hey Paula docu-reality series showed her as an "endearing" person, but don't expect her to be filming a second season any time soon.

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The American Idol judge told USA Today that she was asked to do another installment of Hey Paula but "flatly refused" because of the way the show portrayed her, including several scenes where the 45-year-old comes off as a "demanding diva."

"That was hard for me to watch.  Disturbing," she told USA Today.  "They'd put a camera on me when I got wind that my dog was in a coma, and they'd make it (seem) like it was about hair and makeup."

Instead of Hey Paula, Abdul said she plans to center her attention on her own line of perfumes and cosmetics; expanding her originally-designed jewelry line; marketing her clothing line; as well as Idol's seventh-season auditions, which are currently being held across the country.  Abdul added she's also sticking to a new way of critiquing Idol contestants.

"Last season was a real turning of the corner for me, because I made a conscious decision to be very honest [with Idol contestants]," Abdul told USA Today.  "There was a change because I saw the talent falling a little bit."

Abdul is also devoting a good portion of her time to new beau JT Torregiani, a 32-year-old nightclub owner who is a partner in The Dolce Group, the Los Angeles restaurant group that was co-founded by Big Brother second-season houseguest and All-Stars winner Mike "Boogie" Malin.

"I'm in a good place in my heart.  He's like my best friend," Abdul told USA Today about Torregiani.

The couple met in April following an Idol taping and began dating as the sixth-season wrapped its broadcast run, but Abdul told USA Today she was "adamant" about not letting fellow Idol judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson as well as host Ryan Seacrest know about her romantic relationship with Torregiani.

"He's a sweetie pie.  He's a positive force that has come into my life right now," she told USA Today.  "Where it leads, who knows?  Like Simon says, 'He's a great, normal guy.  Why does he like you?'"

Despite her age, Abdul also revealed that she sees children in her immediate future.

"That's the next step in my life.  Definitely within the next two years.  I thought by now I'd have three grown children," she told USA Today.  "With modern medicine, people are having kids in their 40s and even up until their late 40s.  In their 50s, they're having their second child.  If it doesn't happen naturally like that, I would always consider adopting."

(Photo credit Bravo)


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