Like the generations of women who’ve related to her struggles and successes, the effervescent Paula Abdul can’t believe she’s reaching 50 in June. But make no mistake: The celebrated, but recently dismissed, “X Factor” judge and “Drop Dead Diva” proclaims, “I’ve only scratched the surface!” Modest words from onetime L.A. Lakers head-cheerleader-turned-breakthrough dancer/choreographer/songwriter-turned-TV-star-and-businesswoman, whose past battles with bulimia and chronic pain have at times overshadowed her Grammy- and Emmy-decorated career highs. But she’s happy to wear the label “survivor.” “I’m no different than anyone else,” she says. “There are days I feel great about myself. And there are days I feel, Wow, I am getting older. When I do feel a little down on myself, I immediately say, ‘I am grateful.’ And I write down all the things I am grateful for.”
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