Paula Abdul Blames ‘AI’ Producers for Stalker’s Death
In a radio interview with Barbara Walters, Paul Abdul let loose her thoughts on the November death of her stalker, reports People.
Last month, Paula Goodspeed was found dead after overdosing outside of American Idol judge Abdul’s Sherman Oaks, California, home.
Goodspeed had auditioned for Idol during season five.
“I said [to producers], ‘This girl is a stalker of mine. Please do not let her in.’ Everyone knew. I was shaking,” Abdul, 46, told Walters. “She had been writing disturbing letters for 17 years, almost 18 years.”
Prior to Idol, Paula Abdul gained notice in the 1980s as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. She launched a successful career as a pop singer, eventually racking up six #1s on Billboard‘s Hot 100 Singles chart between 1989 and 1991.
“For me, I was lucky enough that all the letters would come through the fan club,” Abdul explained. “But come American Idol, when anyone could audition, she showed up.”
Goodspeed auditioned again for season six, and managed to follow Abdul home, finally discovering the star’s address.
On Monday, People noted that Abdul hasn’t slept in her home since Goodspeed’s death.
Once the stalker found out where Paula lives, Goodspeed sent naked pictures of herself and threatened the reality show judge with “bodily harm.”
Explains Abdul, “She said the only way I will serve her purpose is when I’m up in heaven being her guardian angel.”
When she initially complained about Goodspeed being allowed to attend the American Idol audition, Abdul says the producers ignored her pleas, citing the “entertainment value” of the over-eager fan’s tryout.
OK! magazine reported last month that Abdul has been looking to transition out of American Idol.
The series will have a new female judge in addition to Abdul for the upcoming eighth season, in the form of songwriter Kara Dioguardi, 38.