Paula Abdul is a sweetie on “American Idol” — but some folks claim she’s not so sweet when she’s an airline passenger.
Abdul was a diva during a recent flight, demanding — but not getting — special treatment, sources tell Star.
“She pulled a major diva trip,” one “eyewitness” told the tab. “The other passengers were not amused.”
The television show judge was booked on a sold-out Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Burbank, California, and reportedly demanded first-class treatment — even though there’s no first-class section on the airline.
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“She asked to be let on the plane and seated first,” an “eyewitness” told the Star. When Abdul was told that only young children, people with disabilities and the elderly were allowed to board early, she reportedly declared, “But I’m famous! I need to go on first!”
A number of fellow passengers heard the exchange, and one shouted at her: “You’re no Sanjaya! You have to board like everyone else.” That, according to the source, prompted a round of laughter from the others — except Abdul.
Once boarding began, Abdul pushed her way in front of the rest of the passengers so that she did get on first, and tried to keep the seat next to her empty, telling others it was taken. Finally, a flight attendant told her she had to give up the seat because the flight was full. Abdul kept her head bowed and reportedly was “twitchy” during much of the trip.
When contacted by The Scoop about the story, Abdul’s rep chose not to comment.
Stop Britney before she shops again
Some Britney Spears watchers are worried that she’s replaced one addiction with another.
The “Toxic” singer has spent more than $60,000 on wigs, vintage hats, clothes, lingerie, perfume, jewelry and cosmetics since April 6, according to In Touch Weekly.
“People with addictions often go from one compulsive behavior to another,” Dr. Robert Butterworth, who hasn’t treated Spears, told the mag. And a “friend” added:“She has turned into a shopaholic.”
What’s more, she’s indicated she wasn’t happy with her rehab stint, using a Valley Girl voice to sarcastically tell X 17 online: “Like, my management totally knew what they were doing when they sent me to rehab.”
“She’s acting like a child,” addiction specialist Clare Waismann — who doesn’t treat Spears — told ITW. “This is not normal behavior. Her whole demeanor is strange. She’s not doing well.”
Notes from all over
Melanie Brown — the artist formerly known as Scary Spice — says she wants a paternity test to prove that Eddie Murphy is the father of her baby so she can get child support “at the very least” from the “Dreamgirls” star, according to the upcoming Us. Murphy’s rep wouldn’t comment. . . . From the “Whatever” department: Paris Hilton told a crowd in Switzerland how happy she was to be in Zurich for the first time, according to WENN. Problem is, she was in the Swiss city of Basel. . . . Lindsay Lohan is said to be keen to play Stevie Nicks — but the Fleetwood Mac singer says the “Mean Girls” star shouldn’t start rehearsing quite yet. “Lindsay Lohan thinks she is going to play me! But what the hell movie does she think she’s talking about? There is no book, there is no screenplay, there is no movie,” Nicks told Blender. “There is never going to be a movie made without me, because it’s never going to be the story of me. Even though a lot has been written about me, the fact is that nobody actually has a clue to what my life was really like. So good luck, Lindsay.”
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