Paula: Simon is “like a big brother–or a lover”; they have “chemistry that you can’t duplicate or describe”

Paula Abdul says her often contentious relationship with Simon Cowell is often like that of “a big brother — or a lover,” she tells the New York Post.

Specifically, “He was extremely distraught and protective and supportive of me when that happened,” she says. “That” refers to Corey Clark’s accusations and the ensuing fallout.

She also describes–rather coherently, surprisingly enough–the complexity of their relationship. “Truthfully there are times that we get along just great. And other times, when he’s just annoyed, I get the brunt of it. And when I can’t stand some of the things he says and then we go at it. It’s just weird,” she said.

That results in “chemistry that you can’t duplicate or describe. There are times when we get along famously and then there are those times when we just don’t. And on those days I just close my dressing room door,” Paula told the paper.

She also has no plans to leave American Idol any time soon, assuming “people don’t mind seeing me with a full head of gray hair. But by then I don’t know if I’ll have so many nervous twitches that my body will get in the way of watching the talent.”

Simon (That Bastard!) Saved Me [New York Post]
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