Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

Who is Paula Abdul? Birth, Age, Ethnicity, Nationality

Paula Abdul, dubbed “America’s Sweetheart,” has been entertaining her fans as a choreographer, dancer, singer-songwriter, and performer for over three decades. She has two Emmy Awards, aand  Grammy Award, and is a multi-platinum recording artist. She was a well-known dancer and singer in the late 1980s.

Paula Julie Abdul was born on June 19, 1962, in San Fernando, California, under the sign of Gemini. The 59-year-old multi-hyphenate is of Jewish ethnicity and of American nationality.

Family, Parents, Siblings, Education

Father of Paula Abdul. Paula Abdul has a close relationship with her father. Abdul was born in New York City to Jewish parents, Harry Abdul and Lorraine M. Rykiss. Her father is of Mizrahi Jewish descent, while her mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Paula’s mother is a former concert pianist and Billy Wilder’s assistant.

Her parents divorced when she was seven years old. Wendy is her sister’s name. In 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School and went on to study broadcasting at California State University, Northridge.

The Professional Career of Paula Abdul 

Abdul began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18. She later became the Laker Girls’ head choreographer, where The Jacksons discovered her. Paula rose to prominence as a choreographer during the height of the music video era, after choreographing music videos for Janet Jackson. She later joined Virgin Records.

Forever Your Girl, her debut studio album, set a record for the most number-one singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with four: Forever Your Girl, Straight Up, Opposites Attract and Hearted. Her second album, Spellbound, yielded two more Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles: The Promise of a New Day and Rush Rush.

Abdul was one of the original judges on the television show American Idol from 2002 to 2009. She has since judged numerous shows, including The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance, Live To Dance, and The Masked Dancer. She’s also worked as a choreographer on films like The Running Man, Action Jackson, and American Beauty.

Quick Facts

Real Name Paula Julie Abdul
Birthday June 19, 1962
Birthplace San Fernando, California, U.S.
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality American
Ethnicity Jewish
Profession Choreographer, dancer, performer, singer-songwriter, actor, businesswoman
Dating/Boyfriend J.T. Torregiani
Married/Husband Emilio Estevez (d.1994), Brad Beckerman (d.1998)
Net Worth $30 million
Parents Harry Abdul and Lorraine M. Rykiss
Siblings Wendy

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Net Worth, Salary, and Income

Abdul has established herself as a multi-millionaire and one of the richest female artists in the industry as a groundbreaking choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, and businesswoman. She has a whopping net worth of $30 million as of 2022.

Where can we contact Paula Abdul? Social Media Presence

Paula Abdul is available on any kind of social media platform including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Her Instagram name is

Awards and Nominations

She has not received any significant honors yet but based on her work, she may receive nominations in the future.

Relationship, Married, Affair

Abdul has been through two failed marriages. She married actor Emilio Estevez for the first time in 1992 and divorced him two years later. In 1996, she married clothing designer Brad Beckerman. The ceremony took place in Bristol, Connecticut, at the New England Carousel Museum. They divorced in 1998 after 17 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

Following her divorce from her second husband, Abdul began dating some of Hollywood’s most desirable bachelors, including Colton Melby, Jeff Bratton, and John Caprio. She is currently in an on-again, off-again relationship with JT Torregiani. The couple began dating in 2007, but their relationship ended in 2008.

Rumors circulated in late 2020 that Abdul and Torregiani had rekindled their romance. Fourteen years after their breakup, the two are back together. Hopefully, the second time will be the charm.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Hair Color

Abdul stands only 5 feet tall. She has a trim, fit body that weighs around 54kg. Her natural brown hair and eyes are enhanced by her fair complexion.

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Rumors and Controversies

She has not been involved in any issues, and we have not heard any rumors about her up to this point.