We all know that former American Idol contestant Fantasia Barrino hasn’t had an easy road these past few years, what with her suicide attempt in August 2010 and accusations of home-wrecking against Antwaun Cook. But that definitely doesn’t excuse her bizarre seemingly anti-gay marriage tirade on Instagram that took place on New Years Eve. “I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!!” she captioned a photo that seems to just highlight her Spanx. “Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! I’m not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!” First of all, you have the cap the exclamation marks at two per sentence if you want to be taken seriously. Secondly, Instagram is a photo-based social media platform, so next time maybe take your rants to Twitter. And thirdly, this whole statement is made of no.
The singer’s reps are already in damage control mode and have issued a statement on Tuesday to her facebook page (and other places, we hope). “Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context,” it begins, “Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community. Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.” This sounds like the PR equivalent of “Some of my best friends are gay!”, but hey, what do we know?
Another year, and another season of American Idol has run its course. But before we tell you who the Season 11 winner is, we wanted to discuss who turned up for the results show. As expected, AI alumni swarmed. One of the most famous of this group is Carrie Underwood, who arrived looking super glam in Badgley Mischka along with her husband, Mike Fisher. Jordin Sparks looked lovely in white, along with Jason Derulo. Taylor Hicks, Fantasia, Pia Toscano, Haley Reinhart and a fair few posed on the carpet too. It was a particularly special night for two past Idol-ers. Remember Ace Young and Diana Degarmo? Well, they’ve been dating for some time now, and he actually proposed to her onstage at the show! She said yes, of course. We were also correct in assuming that Rihanna would have dreadlocks while performing, because that’s precisely the look she rocked while singing “Where Have You Been.”
Apart from the American Idol family, a few other familiar faces did pop up as well, to watch. Janice Dickinson, Jane Lynch, Melora Hardin, Chaka Khan, Julianne Hough and Jane Seymour were all spotted. But no matter who was in the audience, the night, quite rightly, belonged to the two final contestants — Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. Who won the show? We’ve got the gallery of celebrities followed right by the jump, that’ll take you to the answer!
Congrats Fantasia! The singer is pregnant, and announced the news to fans in concert in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday. She told the crowd, “You are the first persons that I share this news with. And I share this with you because I can relate to you. And for a while I walked around figuring out what will they say and what will they think about me. But now I tell you I don’t live my life for folk. So, this child that I carry Ã¢â‚¬â€œ God has given me this child. And I don’t have to hide it from none of y’all.”
Nope, you definitely don’t Tas! And judging from what we know about being pregnant (we know a lot) the singer eventually won’t be able to hide it. Fantasia, who has a nine-year-old daughter named Zion, did not reveal the identity of her baby’s father.
Jay-Z hasn’t said whether he was “boycotting” the Grammys or not, but Fantasia Barrino definitely had beef. The singer told 106 & Park that she skipped the ceremony (where Fantasia won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance), because she wasn’t included in the Aretha Franklin tribute. “I’m going to be very honest with you. You know I wasn’t at the Grammys last night…Last night they were honoring someone who is my idol, Aretha Franklin, and there is no way I could have sat there and not got the happy feet and wanting to jump on the mic because she is my favorite so I felt like, you know, at the end of the day I should have been on that stage.” With Jennifer Hudson already on stage, did the producers feel that Fantasia was one America Idol veteran too many?
Not that Fantasia will be returning her trophy, though. “Actually, I scared my daughter because I just bust out and started crying, and she thought something was wrong with me…it’s been a long time coming for me and I have been through a lot of things so when [my manager] called me, I just bust out started crying because I felt like, man, I wasn’t gonna stop until I got one and I’m still not going to stop and you know this has just given me motivation to do my own thing. So, I just started crying and just thanking God that finally, eleven times nominated, finally I got one.”
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We’re psychedÃ‚Â to see that Fantasia Barrino is back in action and has taken her “Back To Me” tour on the road after struggling with a whole mess of personal issues earlier this year. The tour kicked off on November 4th and, judging from some of the shots taken over the weekend at a show in Miami, Fantasia is on a mission to entertain her fans in every way possible. The bounty of outfits on display was worth the price of admission. (And boy, these American Idol winners sure know how to work a wardrobe change, don’t they?)
Check out all of Fantasia’s looks in our gallery and decide for yourself which one is the best – we think the one above is our favorite.
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Season 2 of Fantasia For Real premieres this Friday, September 19 at 10/9 C, and the singer was sweet enough to stop by our offices and chat about her outfit, fashion philosophy and style. Fantasia’s (who has spoken openly about her suicide attempt) had a summer of ups, downs and rebounds and yet through it all she’s stayed cool, confident and stylish, obviously.
Tasia showed up to VH1 headquarters in a sexy, casual Rachel Roy romper, sky-high Christian Siriano heels that hurt just to look at and a bevy of her own bling. Check out her outfit breakdown in our video below; peep up close pics of her pieces – and looks for less – in our gallery below.
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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”
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