Paula Abdul in no hurry to have children

Though she serves as the surrogate mom of “American Idol,” Paula Abdul says she isn’t planning to have kids of her own… right now.

Earlier this month, Abdul was quoted in USA Today saying that having a child was “the next step in my life.” She told the paper she wanted to have a child “within the next two years.”

Speaking on the red carpet at the Lili Claire Gala in Los Angeles this weekend, Abdul said she was misunderstood.

“That got a little convoluted there,” Abdul said of the article. “I was asked, ‘Why don’t you have kids Paula? You are so nurturing.’ I said, ‘Oh, I thought I’d have at least three to five by now but it didn’t work out that way.’ That’s all I said. I love kids.”

Abdul said she has no immediate plans to have a family beyond her four-legged favorites.

“You know if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be,” she told Access. “I have four Chihuahuas and they’re my children for now.”

In related news, Abdul said she is already buzzing about the upcoming seventh season of “American Idol.”

“Auditions just wrapped up last week. We finished in Atlanta and for the past two months we have been on and off going throughout the cities and it’s fantastic,” she enthused. “We are going to have a fantastic season. (I’m) very excited.”

Abdul also said viewers can expect a high standard of competition this season.

“(We have) unbelievable, unique talent. So I think it’s gonna be one of the best seasons,” she said.