Simon Cowell: I’ve Always Been Fascinated by Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell

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updated 09/07/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 09/08/2011 AT 8:30 AM ET

They fought a lot on American Idol. And that’s exactly why Simon Cowell wanted Paula Abdul as a fellow judge on The X Factor.

“I do really like people who disagree with me,” Cowell tells Redbook. “Probably my best friends in the world are the people I argue with the most, because they don’t always say what you want to hear.”

In fact, Abdul, 49, may be his perfect foil. “From the minute I met Paula, I was fascinated by her,” says Cowell, 51. “She’s a complex person, but – this is going to sounds very American – she’s got a great heart.”


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