In an audio tape
obtained by the New York Post's Page Six,
American Idol judge and pop star Paula
Abdul is caught having a meltdown during a recent
appears to be talking to a group of publicists, insults her
former publicity rep, Howard Bragman. She states that
Bragman did not appreciate her enough explaining, "I
do a call-in every week for OK! magazine on
American Idol. Because of my brilliant job,
they want to do a cover on me. I'm being told by Howard
Bragman that I'm too old and no one will ever want to
do a cover.
on Monday--he did some disgusting behavior. I had to
go to Jimmy Kimmel with no publicist there," Abdul is
heard saying through choked sobs. "I go on with no
publicist there and I pay this man...
understand how this man can call me a whining bitch. I've
never in my life been called a whining bitch and a loser."
Abdul also says
on the tape that she has been diagnosed with the
rare adrenal disorder Addison's disease. According to the
Endocrine and Metabolic Disease Information Service,
symptoms of this affliction include unhealthy weight
loss, chronic fatigue, depression, and irritability.
that she is fed up with the terrible treatment she
receives from the "people who are supposed to be taking care
She complains on
the tape, "I've never been treated this way and I've
never seen anybody treated this way. This is just too much
to stomach." Abdul is comforted on tape by her
companions, one of whom says, "You will be
treated better starting right now."
tested," she bemoans. "All I've ever wanted in my life
is to be treated fairly and be treated with kindness. And
I've never in my entire career been treated this way.
The people who are supposed to take care of these
things do not. I have to clean up after them
everywhere they go. And I'm tired of it."
When Page Six
asked Bragman why he stopped working with Abdul, he said,
"I'm not going into it," and added, "I'll stand by my
reputation if she'll stand by hers." (The