Paula Abdul’s net worth: $30 million.
Salary of Paula Abdul: 2.5 Million Dollars
Paula Abdul was born in California and has a net worth of $30 million. She is a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and producer. Her four-decade career has taken her from choreographer to pop star to reality television star.
Paula Abdul was born in San Fernando, California on June 19, 1962. She began taking dance lessons at a young age and was a cheerleader and honor student at Van Nuys High School. Abdul enrolled in 1980 at California State University, Northridge. She was chosen out of 700 candidates as a famed “Laker Girl” cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team during her freshman year. She was promoted to head choreographer a year later. Within six months, her choreography and dancing careers took off, and she dropped out of college.
Her first major job was choreographing The Jacksons’ music video “Torture,” after a few band members discovered her at a Los Angeles Lakers game. She also choreographed their subsequent “Victory” tour. Abdul was also chosen to choreograph the giant keyboard scene in the 1988 film “Big” starring Tom Hanks. In 1987, she used her savings to record a singing demo, which landed her a recording contract with Virgin Records. Abdul was an untrained singer despite her talent as a dancer and choreographer, and she sought voice coaching to assist her in developing her voice. In 1988, she released her debut studio album, “Forever Your Girl,” which became the most successful debut album in history at the time. It spent ten weeks atop the Billboard chart in 1989 and was certified platinum. Paula won her first Grammy for Best Music Video for her choreography of “Opposites Attract.”
Abdul’s career took a hiatus for personal and physical reasons, and her 1995 comeback single “Head over Heels” achieved moderate commercial success but eventually became her least successful release. She co-wrote the song “Spinning Around” in 1997, which was intended to be her big comeback single, but was instead given to Kylie Minogue. During this time period, she also released a few workout videos and worked as a choreographer on film and theater projects, including the cheerleading scenes in 1999’s “American Beauty.” By 2000, she had severed ties with Virgin Records.
America’s Got Talent
Abdul was hired as one of three judges on Fox’s reality competition show “American Idol” in 2002. She was lauded for her empathetic and compassionate demeanor as a judge and mentor, particularly in comparison to co-judge Simon Cowell’s brazen demeanor. Their disparate personalities sparked dramatic and heated on-air exchanges. Paula worked as a reporter for “Entertainment Tonight” while also appearing on “American Idol.”
“Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,” a 2008 single, marked Abdul’s first chart appearance in 13 years.
Paula left “American Idol” in July 2009 after eight seasons due to conflicting salary negotiations. She earned $5 million per season but was seeking up to $20 million in compensation for her return. Ellen Degeneres took her place.
Additional Television Work
Abdul was announced as a replacement for Simon Cowell on the first season of The X Factor in the United States in May 2011. She did not, however, return for a second season, being replaced by Demi Lovato. She appeared as a guest judge on the dance reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2013 and was later named a judge on the show’s Australian version. Abdul later became a permanent judge on the show’s American version, but served as a judge for only two years.
Abdul headlined a full set for the first time in 26 years on August 6, 2016 at Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Mixtape Festival. She began touring with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men in 2017, her first tour in 25 years. They collaborated on a total of 47 shows. In October 2018, Abdul embarked on a 27-city solo tour dubbed “Straight Up Paula!” Paula Abdul began her first residency in Las Vegas (“Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl”) on August 13, 2019 and will conclude in January 2020.
Abdul was treated for bulimia in 1994, a condition she revealed she had struggled with since she was a teenager. Paula claimed in April 2006 that she was assaulted at a party by a man who argued with her, grabbed her, and threw her against a wall. She suffered a concussion and spinal injuries as a result of the collision.
Paula Goodspeed, 30, was found dead in her car outside Abdul’s Sherman Oaks, California, home on November 11, 2008. Goodspeed had been an obsessive, bordering on stalking, fan of Abdul’s.
Paula Estevez was married to Emilio Estevez from 1992 to 1994. From 1996 to 1998, she was married to Brad Beckerman. She is childless. She is a devout follower of Judaism and an avid dog lover.
She was fined and sentenced to 24 months probation in 2004 for a misdemeanor hit and run. In Los Angeles, she was driving her Mercedes-Benz when she changed lanes on the freeway and collided with another vehicle, but continued driving.
Substance abuse allegations surfaced during her time on “American Idol,” as fans took notice of her occasionally erratic behavior and outlandish comments. Abdul denied these claims, blaming her strange on-screen behavior on her use of pain medication for various injuries and chronic pain she suffers as a result of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).