Fantasia Interview Exclusive: Fantasia Talks About Healing In Public


In advance of the second season of Fantasia for Real (premiering Sunday, September 19 at 10/9c), we spoke to Fantasia Barrino about living her life as an open book both on and off VH1. Fantasia has told the story of her recent suicide attempt already and, as we revealed yesterday in our post about her run-in with TMZ, she’s not interested in talking about it anymore. But a single incident is not really what fascinates us about her, anyway. Rather, it is how she handled the situation — instead of running from controversy like so many other celebrities would via requests for privacy, she faced it head-on. That’s part of the bigger picture of Fantasia, the woman who lives life boldly through her music, her show and her interviews. As she tells us below, “The things that I go through come to make me strong, make me a better woman and they are my testimony. So I just give them my testimony.”

Also discussed in the first part of our interview with Fantasia is why she bounced back from her suicide attempt so quickly (“I couldn’t afford to stay in that hole”) and the celebrities that reached out to her following her hospitalization, including Aretha Franklin, who gave Fantasia some firm, loving advice…

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by (@unclegrambo)

Did Shaquille O’Neal Get Engaged To VH1 Star Hoopz?

shaq-hoopz-500rnrnIn an event that could only occur as part of the VH1 Circle Of Life Celebreality, frequent VH1 reality show contestant Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander is rumored to be dating NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who himself is just six months or so removed from his bitter divorce from ex-wife Shaunie, who you all know as the executive producer of Basketball Wives. What a mouthful!rnrnAnyway, TMZ reported that Shaq was the victim of a prank perpetrated by Hoopz — who, you’ll recall, won both the first season of Flavor of Love and I Love Money — at a Tennessee area Waffle House. You see, Hoopz allegedly dumped an entire salt shaker into Shaq’s OJ while the big man was in the bathroom, something that he didn’t notice until he took a sip upon his return. As you might expect, Shaq took it all in stride, even going as far as to tip the waitstaff $30 on a meal that only cost $20. Ah, young love!rnrnBut that’s not all! According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shaq might very well have proposed to Hoopz over the weekend! Nothing of this sort has been officially confirmed, but Sam David, the owner of a restaurant in St. Albans, TN, where Shaq recently dined, told the paper that “I think [Shaq] may have proposed to his girlfriend. He brought a chair into the middle of the dance floor and he put a ring on her finger.” Adding fuel to these (very speculative!) fires is a story on the (pretty reputable) sports website Sports By Brooks that says, and we quote, the site “has also been informed that O’Neal has spent much of his summer in Alexander’s hometown of Maryville, TN. In fact, the current Celtic now has a home with Alexander in Maryville’s Royal Oaks golf community.”rnrnSo far, there’s been no comment from either Shaq or Hoopz on their respective Twitter feeds. Developing!rnrn[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Fantasia Out Of Hospital After Suicide Attempt


It’s been a rough week for Fantasia Barrino. She has been at the epicenter of a whirlwind of controversies. The allegations pitted against her are that she broke up the marriage of one Antwuan Cook, and that she recorded numerous sex tapes with him. Unfortunately the pressure may have proved too much for Fantasia, who was reported to be hospitalized for an overdose of sleeping aids and aspirin. The police report of the incident confirms it as a suicide attempt. TMZ has a harrowing 911 tape of the ordeal. The person (who is most likely her manager, Brian Dickens) on the tape asks for help as they moved the singer under a shower to keep her from losing consciousness.

Fortunately, Fantasia is now out of hospital and on the road to recovery. Her manager released a statement that quotes, “She has been lifted up by the outpouring of love and support from her fans. She is more committed than ever to her daughter and her work because they are her heart, her soul and inspiration.”

We wish her the very best and know that she’ll pick herself right up.

Related: Fantasia For Real Bonus Clip, “Fantasia Discusses Her Overdose”

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@unclegrambo)

Fantasia Hospitalized After Reported Overdose


Charlotte’s WCNC-TV is reporting that 2004 American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized yesterday evening after suffering an overdose. While it is unclear at this moment whether or not Barrino is still a patient at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville hospital in Charlotte, sources tell the station that her condition is, fortunately, not life-threatening. It has been a very difficult couple of days for Fantasia, who has had to endure speculation that she not only broke up the marriage of Antwuan Cook, but also recorded multiple sex tapes with him, allegations which her manager denied last night. We here at VH1 wish her a speedy recovery.

Update: Fantasia’s manager released a statement to TMZ regarding Fantasia’s overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid. It is quoted below in full…

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Fantasia Responds To Affair Accusations


“Fantasia is certain that she is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cooks’ marriage,” the singer/reality show star’s manager Brian Dickens told E! News, referring to a divorce settlement filed by a woman named Paula Cook that named Fantasia as “the other woman.” Her manager’s statement concludes: “Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life in which she has repeatedly overcome obstacles and challenges. Fantasia’s faith in God, herself and family remain as strong as ever.”

Meanwhile, Fantasia’s lawyer, Gena Morris has more pointed words for Cook that she shared with TMZ: “Mrs. Cook gratuitously included claims about Fantasia to sensationalize that litigation and to insure that her tale would be picked up by tabloids. The fact that she would seek such publicity in a case involving her children is particularly disgraceful.” [E! Online/TMZ]

Related: Fantasia For Real Bonus Clip, “Fantasia Discusses Her Overdose”

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Tila Tequila Not Fit For Rehab?


After yesterday’s Celebrity Rehab 4 cast announcement, some wondered why Tila Tequila‘s wasn’t among the names. In May, she made a big deal about joining the show, and then just last week, it was announced (with help from her reps, no less) that she was no longer part of the cast. So what happened? Susan Pinsky, Dr. Drew‘s wife, may have the answer (via Twitter):


In light of, well, everything about Tila’s recent public behavior (especially that suicide hoax) and the fact that reality shows require everyone to take a psych test before joining, this makes a hell of a lot of sense. File this one under Things That Make You Go DUH.

Update: Apparently, Susan’s tweet was based on a guess:


An educated, in all likelihood correct guess, but a guess all the same.

[Tila image via Getty]

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The Hills Cast’s Sexy (And Scary) Transformation From Plastic To Plastic-er


Try not to use up all of your available tissues either from tears of joy or sadness that tonight marks the end of MTV’s reality series The Hills. At (most) times the antics that took place on The Hills have been nothing short of a baffling clusterf*ck, which is precisely why we want to pay homage to drama-filled show.

Nothing says “you’ve come a long way, crazies!” like remembering The Hills cast at the start of the show. You know, back when they were innocent, fresh-faced, somewhat civil and free from breast implants. Oh, the good ol’ days. Check out the gallery below to peep their transformations from Season 1 to tonight’s series finale. Where will they end up once MTV pulls the plug on their scripted fantasy world? Only time – and rehab – will tell.

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Dear Kourtney Kardashian: Dump Scott Disick


Cops were called this weekend after Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy Scott Disick got into an argument over a parking job with his neighbor. Hmmm. Maybe Kourtney’s outspoken little sis Khloe had a point when she called him a “douche lord.” Scott, as we know, is no stranger to trouble.

For one, his erratic shenanigans on the Kardashian sisters’ reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians are endless and quite Spencer Pratt-esque. Let’s not forget Kim Kardashian’s last birthday in Las Vegas when Scott was so plastered that he shoved dollar bills into a waiter’s mouth because the waiter had been instructed by Kris Jenner to cut him off. Might we add he also did this after he had belligerently accused Rob Kardashian’s friend of being a hooker.

Fast forward months later to just this past week when Scott admitted in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that yes, he does have anger problems and struggles with alcohol. Um, duh! But apparently he can’t refrain from fighting over silly things like parking jobs.

Maybe this time, love won’t be so blind for Kourtney. Rumors are circulating that she may have moved out of their house with baby Mason. If this is the case, Kourtney, we applaud you! (Do you hear the clapping?)

The irony to all of this is that Khloe was the one forced into attending an anger management class for slapping Scott the “douche lord.” Now who seems like the wiser — and calmer! — one?

by (@unclegrambo)

Bret Michaels: Hemorrhage “Sounded Like A Handgun,” Promises To “Continue To Rock The World”

As we mentioned yesterday, Bret Michaels has given his first post-hemorrhage interview to People magazine and will be appearing on the cover of this week’s magazine. In the piece, he talks about how the subarachnoid hemorrhage he suffered “sounded like a handgun, like it literally popped” and the tense moments that followed:

“It made my mind go almost blank,” he said. “My neck tensed up. I couldn’t move my head at all … I knew I was slurring my words, and I was like ‘OK, this isn’t a headache. There’s something really bad happening.'”

Bret credits his amazing recovery — after all, only 10 to 20 percent of people who suffer from hemorrhages this severe go on to make a full recovery — to a combination of “will, good faith … and good medical attention.” People‘s Anne Marie Cruz, who wrote the cover story, appeared on the Today Show this morning and discussed her recent phone call with Bret, during which time he discussed his “positive bucket list,” his promise to “continue to rock the world,” and the odds of him appearing on the Celebrity Apprentice finale a few weeks from now. We’ve clipped the video for you above and will continue to keep you posted on his progress.


Snooki Involved In Another Smackdown


Snooki, not content to just be the victim of a bar fight as she was in season one of Jersey Shore, or have a drink thrown in her face at a club, has allegedly been in a fight where she threw a few punches at another girl while yelling that her victim was a whore. Just another day in the life of Snooki, right?

Radar reports that while hanging out at the VIP section of a Miami hotspot, an unwelcome guest tried to party with Snooki and her co-star J-Woww. Says an onlooker “This blonde girl kept trying to get in and Snooki got really mad. That’s when the fight broke out and Jenni jumped in and took the girl down.” A witness also said “Snooki just started swinging at the girl and then grabbed her neck. Snooki just kept calling her a whore.” Is it bad that we can’t help but imagine if this girl was sober, she could just outstretch her arm, clamp it on Snooki’s head and Snook would just be wildly throwing punches at the air, unable to reach her target?

May we suggest that maybe it’s time these girls returned home from their extended vacation in Miami? They were less violent when they were partying on their home turf.

[Photo: Getty Images]