Music mogul Simon Cowell has finally owned up to having a crush on fellow American Idol judge Paula Abdul.

The sharp-tongued Brit, currently dating model and TV correspondent TERRI SEYMOUR, has often given the impression that he and the '80s pop icon have a frosty relationship, but now he admits he's attracted to her.

He says, "I hated her guts to start with. Then she got to trust me. I look after her.

"We do fancy each other, but I wouldn't. I couldn't bear the dialogue the following morning."

29/08/2004 10:50