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 Idol days) are strictly platonic.

Credit: Jason Winslow/Splash News Photo: Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul Get Awkwardly Flirty at The X Factor's Newark Auditions on June 9, 2011

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!

Source: OK! Magazine