Simon Cowell says US X Factor would have been cancelled without Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul has admitted that when she first met Simon Cowell she found it hard to relate to the music mogul.

The pair first worked together together on American Idol and she admitted that she quit the show seven times during the first season.

She told Emmy magazine: "He's the quintessential older brother that needles you all the time.

"I get his warped sense of humour now. I can look at him and know exactly what he's thinking.

"I don't know what it says about me, but I actually kind of understand him."

Meanwhile, Cowell has admitted that he was desperate to sign Abdul up as a judge on the US X Factor.

Cowell said: "We'd always said we'd work together again.

"At one point, when [Paula's] deal came down to the 11th hour, I remember saying to the team, 'If she's not there, you may as well cancel filming.' I really felt that strongly that I wanted her with me."

Simon recently compared his friendship with the singer to owning a pet dog.

He elaborated saying it was the highest form of praise he can give, saying: "I'd forgotten how much I missed her.

"Think of it like having a pet for years and years - you move away, get on with your life and forget the pet a bit. Then suddenly you're reunited and you remember how much you loved it!

"She's not going to like me for putting it like that. But as an animal lover, it's about the highest compliment I can give!"

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