Paula Abdul Recalls Horrific 1992 Plane Crash During Vegas Residency Opener

By Katrina Nattress

October 25, 2019

WE Day California

Paula Abdul launched her "Forever Your Girl" Vegas show on Thursday (October 24), and though an exciting night the 57-year-old took some time to recall a particularly traumatic time in her life: when she was involved in a plane crash in 1992.

“It all happened when I boarded a seven-seater plane and an hour into the flight one of the engines blew up and the right wing caught fire and everything went black,” she told the crowd (via PEOPLE). “I woke up in the hospital only to find that I had crushed my cervical spine, leaving me partially paralyzed.”

The injuries she suffered affected her not only physically, but mentally too. “For the first time in my life, doubt outweighed my spirit,” she said. “I disappeared for seven years, endured 15 cervical spine surgeries with the top doctors from around the world with the hopes that they’d put me back together again.”

Things worked out for the singer though, and she couldn't thank her fans enough for always sticking by her side. “I lost myself, I lost my passion and that little girl inside me who was once fearless," she admitted. "But even through all of that there was one thing that kept me going, one gift that stood by my side, and that one gift is each and every one of you. I love you from the bottom my heart. I’m forever grateful and I certainly did miss you.”

"Forever Your Girl" runs through January 4, 2020 at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Get more ticket info here.

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