You might have seen him feeding her with his fingers on camera, and though a quick Google search reveals more Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul fan fiction than one could ever possibly need, these X Factor judges (and longtime friends from their American Idoldays) are strictly platonic.
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Paula, who currently dates record label executive Jeff Bratton, and Simon have enjoyed toying with fans with their endless flirtation. However, both are the first to admit it's a love-hate relationship.
"I love him. He's a man of his word and he really, really, he championed me," Paula said of Simon in OK! Magazine. "I couldn't be happier to be back with him. Seriously ask me a little ways down the line, I know any day it's going to change."
What's Simon's take? "It's fun so far," he says of judging X Factor with old pal Paula. "I have to do it in two-hour blocks. You know, unless it's too much."
But the couple, who shared a smooch for photographers at the first X Factor audition, still plan on keeping viewers guessing when the show premieres this fall. "[Paula's] in love with me!" Simon teased. Tune in each week to see "Saula" in action!