Pop icon and former American Idol judge, Paula Abdul explains how it took her seven years to recover following a plane crash.

Pop icon and former American Idol judge, Paula Abdul explains how it took her seven years to recover following a plane crash.

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Paula Abdul was at the height of her fame when tragedy struck. In 1993, a small plane carrying her from St. Louis to Denver crashed. Unfortunately Paula wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, apparently, it snapped, at the time of impact.

Part of the plane went up in flames and the pop star was left with multiple injuries, which required an extended recovery period and many spinal surgeries.

Ms Abdul was known as much for her dancing and choreography as her singing. In fact, she was hired by the Janet Jackson to choreograph some of her hits.

The recovery from the crash meant that she was unable to continue her career in dance

“I had to disappear for seven years to recover from a plane crash”

Speaking with Vic Gerami for THEGAYUK.com, Ms Adbul said, “You know, at the height of my career, I had to disappear for seven years to recover from a plane crash. I was touring and it was toward the end of my tour, we were leaving St. Louis to go to Denver on a 7-seater private plane.

“I wasn’t wearing my seat-belt and we crash-landed and part of the plane went in flames. I sustained multiple injuries and had to have many surgeries and rehab. So I spent seven years getting better, than this show came along, American Idol. In fact, I had one of my surgeries while judging on American Idol”.

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Writing for THEGAYUK.com Vic Gerami wrote, “It’s been thirty years since her first mega-hit, seven-time platinum album “Forever Your Girl” captured us, with singles such as “Straight Up”, “Forever Your Girl”, “Cold Hearted”, and “Opposites Attract.” But Paula was no stranger to the entertainment industry before becoming a mega-star. Her mother was a concert pianist and she studied ballet and jazz at a young age. While in college, she was a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader, which led her to be discovered by the Jacksons. She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single “Torture” and eventually several videos for Janet Jackson and various other artists”.