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American Idol: Fantasia Talks Idol, Her Breakdown, and Media Scrutiny

November 20, 2010 02:00 PM by Shayla Perry


Fantasia Barrino rose to fame quickly after winning season three of Fox’s American Idol, but since then, the singer has had to deal with many struggles in life, and continues to work hard to find her way back to the top. Keep reading to see what Fantasia herself has to say about life after American Idol, her recent overdose and suicide attempt after an affair with a married man, and her ongoing media scrutiny.

It’s been a year full of ups and downs for former winner of American Idol, Fantasia. But after reaching her lowest point–a suicide attempt and an affair with a married man–the singer is working her way back to the top, and reflecting on her past along the way.

“After I won the ‘Idol’ and having so many opinions and people feeling like, ‘Let’s take her this way,’ and ‘Let’s take her that way’ or ‘Let’s make her like this artist.’ I always knew in the back of my mind, and deep down from the bottom of my heart, that they can’t make me a pop artist. I’m not a dancer. I’m not this. I’m not that. I am soul,” Fantasia said in a recent interview.

“I guess you have to put your work in to [get] approval, especially when you’re coming from a show like ‘American Idol.’ People would think, ‘Well, that makes it easier.’ No, it doesn’t. It makes it harder because a lot of times, they don’t take you that serious. They just stick you in that ‘Idol’ [mold]. …’She’s an artist, but not quite like most of the artists who have fought their way here or who wrote their way here.’ So, I had to put my time in.”

And part of that “time” has been spent dealing with a lot of media scrutiny after her recent suicide attempt from those who said that the incident was nothing more than a stunt to promote the singer’s new album and reality show. But Fantasia says that she no longer pays any attention to it. “I don’t care what they say… You’re only human. People can have their say-so. They can have their opinions. They have every right to that, but will I let it affect me anymore? No. I’m in a better place. Every day, I take baby steps. I’m 26 years old and have dealt with a lot.”

Even with her bad relationship with the press, Fantasia feels that she now has her priorities in order, and is focused on the things that matter to her most.

“I have a gift and that is to sing. That’s what I’m going to do, every time I get the [microphone] in my hand, I sing… …Everyday, I wake up and I just take baby steps. I do what makes ‘Tasia happy. I focus on my music and my daughter. That’s about it.”

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