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The X Factor

Who Are Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul Dating?

We may have more than a month to go before Valentine’s Day, but a couple of this past season’s X Factor judges are getting hit hard by the slings and arrows of love!

First the good news: it seems that Nicole Scherzinger and ex-flame Lewis Hamilton spent a storybook New Year’s Eve in each other’s company — if not in each other’s arms! And the circumstances certainly suggest the latter: the ex-ex-couple “headed to a ski resort in Colorado for a break together” to herald in 2012.

With the F1 season over, the story goes, Hamilton has made it his “full-on mission” to get Scherzinger back. Considering Scherzinger’s travails vis-à-vis sticking with The X Factor, we can at least take comfort in the fact that there are several schools of thought as to how desirable she is!

And now for the (arguably) bad news: Paula Abdul and record label owner Jeff Bratton have called it quits. We can’t be altogether too surprised by this, considering that each member of this couple is enamored of an entirely different extreme end of the United States (Abdul in Los Angeles, Bratton in New York).

In any event, it sounds like it was a quiet and amicable split: as Bratton put it, “[w]e’re still close[, a]nd I’ll always be grateful for the time we shared as a couple.”

(In case you were wondering, we said that the Abdul breakup is “arguably” bad news because hey, for all we know, there’s a Steve Jones out there celebrating Paula’s recent singlehood!)

Sources: Entertainmentwise, People

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01.10.2012 / 03:23 AM EDT by Drew Belsky
Related: The X Factor, Gossip, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger

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