Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul almost hooked up

Their on-screen chemistry got tongues wagging, and now it seems that there was some truth to the rumours that Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul were more than just colleagues.

Speaking to Barbara Walters, Cowell revealed that he considered sleeping with Abdul but didn't want to jeopardise their relationship.

"I considered it, but then I thought, 'I don't think the after would be as good as the before'," he explained.

He joked: "I'd let her stay for a few hours, but then it would have to be goodnight."

Despite their flirtatious relationship, the X Factor stars weren't always so close.

"I mean, the truth was, on the first two seasons, we couldn't travel on the same plane together. We really disliked each other that much," Cowell explained.

"I think it was the sexual tension on her part."

Hmmm... we think that this is one love-hate relationship that may take a turn for the worse once Paula catches the interview.

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