Fantasia Was Hospitalized Because of Overdose
Sad news coming from former “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino.
The singer was hospitalized in North Carolina on Monday night after suffering an overdose. It was classified a suicide attempt by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and she was found by police with “possible internal injuries.”
The news had confirmed by Barrino’s manager, Brian Dickens, who released a statement saying: “She took an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid. Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time. Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon.”
26-year-old Barrino was reportedly “heartbroken,” after finding herself in the middle of an ugly divorce involving a married man. The R&B singer was accused of being the “other woman” in a cheating scandal earlier this week, as she was named in divorce papers filed by the wife of her long-time boyfriend.
A North Carolina woman, Paula Cook, alleged Barrino as her husband’s mistress, and that Barrino was to blame for their separation in June. She also said she believed her husband Antwuan and Fantasia had made a sex tape. Barrino’s reps issued an earlier statement asserting that Fantasia “is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cooks’ marriage,” but didn’t expressly deny the relationship.
Barrino denied that she was responsible for the marriage ending in a statement released Monday. However, in a new statement following her hospitalization, Dickens said Barrino dated Cook on and off for about 11 months after he told her that he and his wife had separated late last summer.
“Fantasia believed Mr. Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his was his heart was not in it,” Dickens said, noting that Fantasia fell in love with Mr. Cook and she believed that he loved her. “Fantasia read Mrs. Cook’s complaint against Mr. Cook for the first time yesterday,” Dickens said. “She knows some of the allegations in Mrs. Cook’s complaint are totally false. There are others she strongly doubts. There is plenty she does not know.”
He further added, “Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused. Yesterday, she was totally overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention.” Dickens then thanked fans on Barrino’s behalf. “Fantasia is a fighter and a survivor. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured,” he said. “Fantasia will be stronger, smarter and better for it.”
Barrino, who competed on Idol’s third season, was best known for her impressive vocal range, her gospel-influenced sound and her stage presence. The single mother failed to find the success enjoyed by the likes of fellow “American Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, but she won critical acclaim on Broadway in 2007 playing the lead in the musical “The Color Purple.”
Her third album, “Back to Me”, debuts on August 24 and a second season of her reality TV show “Fantasia for Real”, about her career and her personal life, kicks off later this year.
Get well soon, Fantasia!