Paula Abdul by Steve Granitz/ Paula Abdul by Steve Granitz/

Although in her OK! Magazine interview, it was all sunshine and lollipops for the American Idol judge - "My purpose [in life] is bringing out everybody's best and being that cheerleader to other people's success," she says - you can't believe everything you read. The New York Post is reporting that in an audiotape they received, the ex-Laker girl, apparently sobbing to a battalion of publicists, details her troubles with her former rep. "I do a call-in every week for OK! Magazine on American Idol," she cries. "Because of my brilliant job, they want to do a cover on me. I'm being told by [my ex-flack] Howard Bragman that I'm too old and no one will ever want to do a cover.

"I'm being tested. All I've ever wanted in my life is to be treated fairly and be treated with kindness," she goes on (and on). "And I've never in my entire career been treated this way. The people who are supposed to take care of these things do not. I have to clean up after them everywhere they go. And I'm tired of it. Howard Bragman on Monday... he did some disgusting behavior. I had to go to Jimmy Kimmel [on May 15] with no publicist there.... and I pay this man.... I don't understand how this man can call me a whining bitch. I've never in my life been called a whining bitch and a loser."

In response, Bragman said simply, "I'll stand by my reputation if she'll stand by hers."