Idol Judge Paula Abdul Breaks Her Nose

Idol Judge Paula Abdul Breaks Her Nose
Paula Abdul
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05/21/2007 10:30PM

Paula Abdul, in an effort to avoid stepping on her Chihuahua Tulip, ended up tripping and breaking her nose Saturday, her rep David Brokaw tells PEOPLE.

"She went to the doctor and she did break her nose, but she's moving on and doing great" Brokaw says. "She looks terrific. If you didn't know she broke her nose, you'd never guess anything happened to her."

Despite the injury, Abdul is expected to make the Idol performance show on Tuesday and the season finale on Wednesday, when Jordin Sparks faces off with Blake Lewis for the sixth Idol title.

And what about Tulip? "Tulip is fine. For dogs, every day is Saturday," Brokaw says.

"[Tulip] has no remorse," a chipper Abdul tells PEOPLE. "She just stared at me."

She may be in good spirits, but the broken nose, which was first reported by Extra, is causing the Idol judge pain.

"She is in pain. No question about that," Brokaw says. "But she's standing 10 feet from me and you'd never know anything happened to her. There are no bandages. She's got some bruises on her arms and on one of her legs."

The accident for Abdul harkens back to her 25-year struggle with chronic pain, which ended in 2005. In November 2004, she had been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a rare neuropathic disorder that causes intense, unexplained pain. She has been treated with Pamidronate for her RSD. For inflammatory arthritis, Abdul has taken Enbrel, which is unrelated to her RSD.

This time around, though, it's unclear whether she's on any medication for her broken nose. "I have no knowledge of her taking anything," Brokaw says. "But she's very alert and clear-headed and having fun."
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