Fantasia 911 Call: "She Took a Bottle of Aspirin" and Reality Show Will Be Reworked

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UPDATE! Access Hollywood reports that Fantasia’s reality show, Fantasia For Real will be reworked:

Following Fantasia’s overdose on Monday a rep for VH1 told Access Hollywood that the premiere episode of the second season of the singer’s reality show, “Fantasia For Real,” will be reworked. VH1, which was not filming during the incident, told Access, “[The] premiere episode will be changing. At this moment production hasn’t decided what will change, it’s too soon for us to speak to how these events will change her show creative but Fantasia is an open book so its going to play a part in our series somehow just can’t speak to how exactly.”

You knew this was coming: TMZ has audio of the 911 call made on Monday night from “somebody concerned” that Fantasia had just ingested a “bottle of aspirin.”

  • Listen to the 911 call HERE.

The caller tells 911 that Fantasia “took a bottle of aspirin and is slowly losing consciousness” and that he put her in the shower.  The 911 operator tells the caller to take Fantasia out of the shower.  When the operator asks the caller if Fantasia is bleeding the answer is “yes.”

Cops arrived on the scene at around 8:55 PM to transport Fantasia to the Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.

Police reported the incident as an overdose/suicide, but in a rather lengthy and unhinged statement, Fantasia’s manager says that she “took an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid.
Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time.”

Read yesterday’s post for a blow-by-blow of Monday’s sad events. Get well soon Fantasia.

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  • anibundel

    Listen to the 911 call HERE.
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    Oh blogging software, you are so jarring sometimes.

    Seriously though, yeah, you had to know this was next, but this story is just as depressing as it gets. So many things can be said of her choices in life not being great ones…

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

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    Here’s the rule (I’ll be updating my posting guidelines shortly)

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    Thank you.

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  • ptslittlecomment

    The 911 operator tells the caller to take Fantasia out of the shower. (Why would he put her in the shower?)

    Probably in an attempt to shock her into awareness. That’s often the approach shown in movies (IDK about real life) when someone has ODed or is drunk. Someone throws them into a cold shower as shock treatment.

  • abbysee

    I just hope she gets better, gets her shit together, because her album is/was getting great buzz, she doesn’t need these complications. She needs a good therapist.

  • bridgette12

    I agree, she needs some theraphy. The walls are obviously closing in around her and she did a really stupid thing. A whole bottle of asprin, plus sleeping pills is a dangerous thing, it’s not surprising she was bleeding.

  • http://www.madzionist.com negativo

    Bullshit meter on max again. If she really took a whole bottle of aspirin and was internally bleeding she wouldn’t have simply been re-hydrated and released.

    Story fails smell test.

  • Niall

    I’m sure there was a risk of internal bleeding IF she really took the entire bottle but she was released rather quickly. There clearly wasn’t any damage done.

    There are a few things in this story that aren’t really passing the smell test and most of it traces back to that shady manager of hers, Brian.

    Sounds like VH1 and Fantasia are ready and willing to exploit this entire situation for ratings.

  • cookcricket

    Still just very sad. I just don’t know how doing a reality show will help her in any way. Even if this was a stunt she needs help, RL help. Isn’t there anyone in this girl’s life that wants the best for her?

  • http://www.madzionist.com negativo

    oops…wrong thread.

  • abbysee

    Isn’t there anyone in this girl’s life that wants the best for her?

    I haven’t watched her show, but I hear her family sees her as a commodity, so they want the best for themselves, and that is not what is best for her, probably.

  • standtotheright

    I can’t actually hear the 911 call from here, but the recap above seems to be asking if she was “bleeding” period, not “internally bleeding.” How would a casual observer know that, anyway?

    If I were slumped over in the shower, I could be bleeding because I scraped my hand or hit my head, or even because I had a nosebleed.

    What doesn’t pass the smell test for me is the idea that this was a giant stunt cooked up for ratings and yet the production staff behind it couldn’t even race to the hospital to get footage.

    But, hey, why treat an overdose as a reflection of troubled behavior and the PR statement as proof that she hasn’t picked the right team to support her when one can become a rampaging conspiracy theorist instead?

  • http://www.madzionist.com negativo

    Gee, why would Skanktasia ever be motivated for a publicity boost? Why would she need to get herself in the media as a sympathetic figure?

    Why, could it possibly be because of a reality show, new album and lawsuit all in motion as she gets blasted in the press for a skank affair?

    No, obviously her tale must all be all true…she just…uh…scraped her knee in the shower! Yeah, that’s the ticket! Just a boo-boo during the “suicide attempt”. That makes the mysterious “bleeding” part of the saga more “believable”.

    Oh, and she, uh…definitely…uh…needed to have her manager issue a statement about her album in the press release about the hospital, because, you know, it belongs there!

    Wait, and let us not forget how she just was checked into the hospital, rehydrated, and released without incident after ODing on aspirin. Happens all the time!

    Yeah, can’t see why an intelligent person would find this to be bullshit. Nope…not at all.

  • sagi

    I don’t think it was sleeping pills, I take it that bottle of aspirin and a sleep aid means like Tylenol PM or Excedrin PM or something of that nature.(which could be very dangerous ingesting a whole bottle) I am guessing they pumped her stomach when she got to the hospital, the pills more than likely were not fully dissolved for her to be doing well shortly after. Hopefully that prevented liver damage since they weren’t fully absorbed.

  • JW

    she gets blasted in the press for a skank affair?

    Ding, ding ding! You nailed it IMO.

  • mozart4898

    “Bottle of aspirin” also isn’t exactly that specific. Some bottles are bigger than others, and what if she took all of what was left in a bottle, but it was, say a dozen, and not 30-50? Not good for you, but not as serious as a full, large bottle.

    I just still can’t see why people are so quick to assume it’s all a stunt. I do agree that the handling of the aftermath has been pretty poor, but faking a suicide attempt for publicity doesn’t make sense for several reasons. First of all, there’s hospital records, which, private or not, have a way of getting leaked. If it was all a stunt, the risk of an “unidentified source” at the hospital saying that it didn’t all add up with what they saw was too great. Second of all, would an attempted suicide give you the kind of publicity you really want? Yes, it would get you in the news, but if you’re really thinking it’s just for publicity, ask yourself this – how does news of the relationship she was in followed by a suicide attempt give her any sort of good publicity? I just don’t see it helping her at all. I think the relationship really wouldn’t have hurt much honestly, but the suicide attempt won’t really tend to garner much sympathy from a lot of people (as we’ve seen here).

    The sleazy thing about the whole mess to me seems to be the way her PR people have handled it, not the fact it happened itself. I think her mental problems/upset at her situation and not knowing what to do are real, but her handlers have now, rather sadly, tried to use it to promote her. That’s the thing that really stinks here.

  • standtotheright

    Wait, and let us not forget how she just was checked into the hospital, rehydrated, and released without incident after ODing on aspirin. Happens all the time!

    I’ve heard about that happening more than once, actually. But guess what? Unless someone here is a registered nurse, I’m not going to believe them over the police report and 911 call.

    As I’ve said over and over, one can assume that the incidents are related because stress (And yes, being sued over an affair? Kind of stressful) makes people more likely to overdose on any number of things. Or one can sit around believing that masses of people are willing to lie to 911 operators and hospital administrators, retool production on a TV show, and potentially delay an album launch, all in the hopes that she’d get her stomach pumped quickly enough that she could get back out there. And that somehow, fewer people would then have the affair top-of-mind, not more. And that not a single person, in the planning of this massive exercise, would stop to question whether or not it would backfire.

    Sorry. It doesn’t wash. And yes, intelligent people should be able to realize that.

  • JW

    how does news of the relationship she was in followed by a suicide attempt give her any sort of good publicity? I just don’t see it helping her at all. I think the relationship really wouldn’t have hurt much honestly, but the suicide attempt won’t really tend to garner much sympathy from a lot of people (as we’ve seen here).

    Instead of talking about the affair and the lawsuit as a result, we are now talking about poor Fantasia.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    According to the news report on my local station that I just heard, she hasn’t been released. They said she was still in a NC hospital.

  • standtotheright

    JW, what exactly have you been reading? Every story about this includes a mention of the affair and/or the lawsuit. Again, I’d say it got more coverage than just the story of an affair would have done.

  • JW

    08/11/2010 at 5:45 pm

    JW, what exactly have you been reading?

    Probably same reading as you. The focus is on poor Fantasia now instead of skank Fantasia. That is not my term but one I read here.

  • JW

    Again, I’d say it got more coverage than just the story of an affair would have done.

    I just think she boxed herself into a corner.

  • Niall

    I believe she took the aspirin and probably was feeling kind of sick but I don’t believe she had any intention of dying. This was a woe is me/let’s change the subject “suicide” attempt. People do stuff like this to lure back old boyfriends or gain sympathy all the time. It’s twisted and those people need therapy every bit as much as those who genuinely want to die.

    I don’t think it was a publicity stunt for her show either but now that it happened, VH1 and Fantasia appears willing to milk it for a “redemption” story arc.

  • Grammie Kari

    There is a form of PMS which causes a dramatic change in behavior, suicidal thoughts, and severe depression. It is classified as a mental disorder. Women have been known to kill their husband, run over a boyfriend, abuse a child, and multilate their bodies. I am so sincere when I say this. It is a good thing Mr. Cook wasn’t around.

    Now, as many know, PMS does last on the first day of a menstural cycle. So, perhaps the bleeding was in a an undisclosed location? There is no humor in my post. This is a serious disorder with about 3% of all women having severe symptoms. There are also medications which can help these women.

    I am not saying this is Fantasia’s diagnois. I am saying there is a slight possiblity. There is available data on various medical websites.

  • Grammie Kari


    Premenstrual dysphoric disorder makes some women a bit crazy every month

    Two years ago I was given a diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. It is, as it might sound, like premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, on steroids. [skip]

    No one knows exactly what causes PMDD or why it strikes some women and not others. Medical experts estimate that between 3 and 6 percent of women in their child-bearing years suffer from it. [more]

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/21/AR2010062104097.html

    Again, I cannot diagnose Fantasia from reading reports; however, there is always a possibility.

  • Lu

    The ones I feel sorry for are her lover’s wife and children. There is never, ever a justification to cheat with someone you know is married. Fantasia walked right into that with her eyes wide open and now she may get burned… I hope she does. I hope the wife of her cheater boyfriend sues her and wins. It would servie her right. The whole thing makes me sick. Especially what she said to the man’s wife… kind of a classless beyotch thing to do if you ask me. I do feel bad for Fantasia’s daughter as it seems she is completely devoid of any kind of role model in her life.

  • JW

    Lu:
    08/11/2010 at 6:14 pm

    The ones I feel sorry for are her lover’s wife and children. There is never, ever a justification to cheat with someone you know is married. Fantasia walked right into that with her eyes wide open and now she may get burned… I hope she does. I hope the wife of her cheater boyfriend sues her and wins. It would servie her right. The whole thing makes me sick. Especially what she said to the man’s wife… kind of a classless beyotch thing to do if you ask me. I do feel bad for Fantasia’s daughter as it seems she is completely devoid of any kind of role model in her life.

    ITA. If you play, you pay.

  • bridget

    Gah! What a sad situation. All I really know about Fantasia is that I enjoyed her singing very, very much on Idol. I loved when she sang “Summertime.” It was fun to see her win AI.

    I think “celebrity” can easily throw someone off, especially if they aren’t already on solid footing, money savvy, and surrounded by a good team. Unfortunately, I don’t think she was.

    I think it was Quentin Tarantino who said she had a “throat kissed by God.” Whatever the story is, I wish her well.

  • bridget

    2 to tango.

  • http://www.madzionist.com negativo

    Sorry. It doesn’t wash. And yes, intelligent people should be able to realize that.

    LOL! Suuuuuure, intelligent people always believe what they are told by celebrity managers and lawyers…they NEVER lie!! You got me convinced!

    Oh, and we believe that nobody would ever… GULP… lie about a thing like popping pills in order to get media attention???

    Sorry, but unless we are required to surgically remove our common sense, and just accept what we’re told by famous people in need of positive publicity, I’ll just stick to my skepticism.

    Oh, but I guess it depends what your definition of “IS” is, right?

  • standtotheright

    Who said anything about general level of trustworthiness of the managers or celebrities? I’m talking about involving the 911 staff (who record calls), the police, the hospital staff, the various and sundry reporters who are undoubtedly camped outside the hospital and looking for the chance to break a new angle if any were to actually exist.

    I believe people might lie. I don’t believe they can possibly involve this many people in a charade and manage to get away with it. That, to me, is what requires a surgical removal of common sense in favor of rampant paranoia.

    ETA: Yeah, MrDuffin, it was a dose of sugar pills, and the cops were so profoundly stupid that they couldn’t tell the difference between that and an overdose and took her to the hospital anyway. Or perhaps the Barrinos paid them to file the police report and transport her, along with all the hospital staff, since clearly the woman who had to declare bankruptcy is just rolling in that kind of money.

    Excuse me. I have to go watch the Zapruder film 500 more times. SMH.

  • MrDuffin

    She probably took sugar pills in an aspirin bottle. Nobody has said it was aspirin except for her people unless I missed something…which is possible. It’s all a PR stunt IMO.

  • lizland

    Sad. No matter the circumstances, back story, etc. Sad.

  • mozart4898

    Yes, she did something completely wrong with the affair. But until we hear otherwise (and I seriously doubt we will, ever), I totally believe this all happened as it’s been reported (and then her PR people took it and ran with it).

    And I had heard last night on our news here that she was still in the hospital, after hearing she was released last night, so she may still be there if that’s what was said on the news tonight. Or maybe they didn’t have the updated story. Either way, pumping someone’s stomach, rehydrating them, and stabilizing them aren’t exactly major procedures for a hospital. A friend of mine had alcohol poisoning not long after I graduated college. They were still buzzed when they were released from the hospital, after having been brought in throwing up and then losing consciousness. In fact, they were barely even fully aware where they were when they were preparing to release them already. Hospitals want them in and out as quick as possible, and it’s not at all impossible that someone would be out within a day of something like this. If she was still in there tonight, in fact, it probably is a sign of something worse – as in, it did damage.

    And personally, I’m not looking at her whole situation as “poor Fantasia.” I do hope she gets help. At the same time, as I said last night in my post in the other thread, she still should have known what she was doing was wrong and I don’t excuse her for that. She’s drawn more attention to the affair, not less. It could have all blown over…, “oh, another famous person stole someone away from someone else,” but now instead the affair will stay in the public eye, and people will question her sanity too. Or, they’ll think she’s just playing for attention. Either way, it won’t help her. It’s sad. The whole thing.