“I am the queen of rebirths” (exclusive)

“To me, I’m a tenacious little attack hamster. I love doing what I do and I love spreading joy,” the star told PEOPLE

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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

The legendary star chatted with PEOPLE at Project Angel Food 2023’s Lead with Love 4 fundraising event on Saturday, where she said she had “only scratched the surface” in life after recently celebrated its 61st birthday.

Abdul – who turned 61 on June 19 – spoke about her “incredible” year in her early 60s and detailed what she hopes to bring to the new decade in what she described as a ” change of trajectory” in his life and career. .

“Being 60 last year was such an incredible shift in trajectory for me, to really want to build and leave a legacy behind,” Abdul told PEOPLE.

“The one of kindness and support and helping others who can’t stand up for themselves, learning how to fight bullies, knowing you can do whatever you want,” he said. she continued. “Talent is only half of it. It’s perseverance, perseverance and unwavering self-confidence.

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Abdul has also called herself the “Queen of Rebirths” when talking about her successful transition from popstar to american idol judge, to be the star of his own residence in Las Vegas.

Insinuating that she has no intention of slowing down, Abdul said: “I’ve only scratched the surface, and that’s how I feel.”

“People say, ‘She’s got more lives than a cat,'” she added with a laugh. “For me, I’m a tenacious little attack hamster. I love doing what I do and I love spreading joy.

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Abdul told PEOPLE she was ‘scratching the surface’ after turning 61 this month

To mark her birthday, Abdul told PEOPLE she “had a blast” on a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain, which has “always been a tradition” in her family.

Also teasing new projects on the way, the star said, “I have a few TV projects that I’m producing.”

“I’m on a few new pilots,” Abdul continued, noting that she’s “building some live shows as well.”

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At the weekend event, Abdul spoke of his support for Project Angel Food, an organization that prepares and delivers more than one million medically-appropriate meals each year free of charge to men, women and children affected by life-threatening illnesses. deadly.

“It’s such a great organization. The work Project Angel Food does, making sure men, women and children feel safe and cared for,” Abdul told PEOPLE. “That’s the true meaning of leading with love, of making sure people feel they are seen, heard and cared for.”

For the evening, the “Straight Up” singer wore a fitted black silk satin romper with black sheer tights and a peach longline blazer with a black sash at the waist.

Her hair was styled in a bouffant beehive and she teamed her glam look with a pair of black velvet platform heels.

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