"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has backed down from — or flat out disputed, if you like that phrase better — her shocking statements in Ladies Home Journal about being addicted to painkillers and other drugs for over a decade and going to a rehab to clean up.

 "I want to make it perfectly clear to everyone that I have never been addicted to or abused drugs in my life," Abdul's statement says. "I have never been drunk. I have never entered a rehab or detox treatment center. I spent time hiking, bicycling, doing yoga and enjoying the spa. As anyone who has visited the La Costa Resort knows, it is a luxury hotel, not a rehab facility."

And she says she spent three days there, not 30, like the article stated.

On the radio this week Paula admitted going to the La Costa Resort but said, "I just wanted to chill out and get messages and maybe a manicure and pedicure.”

Really? Because in the LHJ story, Paula talks about going through withdrawal alone at the spa.

“I could have killed myself…. Withdrawal — it’s the worst thing. I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain, it was excruciating. But at my very core, I did not like existing the way I had been,” she told LJH.

The magazine said in a statement, “We stand by our reporting and are happy that Paula decided to share her journey with us.”

Who ya gonna believe? The reputable women's mag or the mani-pedi massage-loving spa-goer?

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead