Fantasia: Frank Interview Discusses Her Business, Family, New Record

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This AP interview with Fantasia Barrino is long, but it’s worth a listen. She talks frankly about the business partners she feels abandoned her, the family members who’ve taken advantage of her, and the brand-new record she’s working on.

She admits to not taking care of business like she could have–she trusted the wrong people, allowed family members to bleed her dry, and failed to question or stick up for herself like she should have.

On Monday, January 11,   Fantasia’s new VH1 reality show, Fantasia For Real, debuts at 10 PM, and she hopes the show will cut through the gossip that’s dogged her this past year and set the record straight.

Of course, the problem is that reality shows, edited for maximum entertainment value,   rarely cut to the truth.   Hopefully Fantasia gets the fun edit rather than the crazy edit, and that the waters aren’t muddied any further by VH1.

No matter what she thinks, she’s got no control over any of it. I’d hate to see Fanty betrayed one more time…

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  • jack5791

    Fantasia is such an inspiration. I’m always so impressed with her ability to be able to bounce back from truly any situation. She really represents what an “American Idol” should be and I hope she has a ton of success with her new album. Her talent is greatly underestimated with all the current pop singers and whatnot but Fantasia has raw natural talent, something that a lot of current day singers lack when their vocals aren’t fixed with the studio!

  • Niall

    I’m not sure I find someone who is constantly shooting herself in the foot to be terribly inspiring. Most of her wounds are self-inflicted and she seems incapable of learning from her mistakes. She says she learns but then nothing ever changes.

  • jack5791

    And how do you propose that she was able to not be taken advantage of? She trusted the wrong people, and has since learned from that. I don’t consider her constantly shooting herself in the foot at all. If anything, she shows that celebrities aren’t perfect. It may be hard to believe, but they are also human.

  • dreyraglin

    I really can’t wait for Fantasia to come back and really prove people wrong. I think really it’s a lot people especially in the Idol bubble who want to under estimate her because she does not have the multi-platinum sales of say Carrie or Kelly and they label her as not being successful when in fact that she is. Despite what people think there is still a big R&B market out there that Fantasia can and has already made an impact on. She too can experience selling tons of albums and singles just like her country and pop counterparts winners have done. With the right material on her new album and correct promotion with the project and Fantasia finally now having people she can trust with her career it’s endless possibilities for her. Sure she faced a bit of a slump but to count a rare talent like her out so early would definitely be a mistake.

  • SpenserJ

    And how do you propose that she was able to not be taken advantage of? She trusted the wrong people, and has since learned from that.

    It’s a pretty common tale in the entertainment business. And, the predatory “management” representatives know just who to target. It’s especially common for those who grow up in project housing then find themselves to be instant millionaires. At least now in the NFL, they give the rookies a heads up class about this shit.

    Giving 19 year old kids millions of dollars before they’ve ever even learned to balance a check book? Add to that the fact that most entertainers and athletes are on the road 70% of the year, so they have to trust someone else to write the checks and do their accounting.

    I would have been surprised if she hadn’t have been robbed blind. Some of these young people luck out and realize what’s happening quickly, or they are fortunate to hook up with a financial manager who’s actually trustworthy.

    My husband’s dealt with several professional athletes through his business, and they all tell the same story. Their first couple of years in the business, they can’t figure out how they had a ten million dollar contract, but they have no money in the bank. It’s the lucky ones who can continue to make money after they’ve realized that they’ve been feeding the imaginary businesses of all their managers’ family members.

    I love Fanty. She’s got a great voice, and she’s got spunk. All of the signs in her life pointed to her becoming a statistic and feeding a stereotype. She prevailed. Yep, she screwed up once she found success, but she’s sure got good company in making that mistake.

    I hope she’s able to turn it around for herself this time. Although, VH1 reality shows are so low rent, I do worry for her.

  • Niall

    The problem with the naive excuse is that she had been in the business for two years when she switched management. And so far we only have HER word that they ripped her off or mistreated her. Over and over again, something goes wrong for her and we hear she was taken advantage of or was naive. I know she’s had bad life experiences but frankly I think she brings a lot of it on herself and then finds convenient scapegoats.

  • Suzanne

    “rebuild my dynasty”?? I guess dynasties are smaller than they were in the 80s.

    Does anyone know more about this reality show she’s doing? Is the objective to follow her on a tour (which I think would be great for Fantasia to showcase her skills and work ethic)? Or is it to just be with her during her day-to-day life (which could be like Anna Nicole Smith and portray only the screwed up-ed-ness of Fantasia’s life–if it is screwed up, that is). I just hope that Fantasia has plenty of performances scheduled to coincide with this reality show, and that she has great self control so she is presented well.

  • windmills

    Does anyone know more about this reality show she’s doing? Is the objective to follow her on a tour (which I think would be great for Fantasia to showcase her skills and work ethic)? Or is it to just be with her during her day-to-day life

    It’s both. Here’s the 1st episode description:

    As the season begins, Fantasia is in the studio recording her hot new track, “Move On Me.” And with six people living off her dwindling income, she needs a hit… now! Back at her sprawling North Carolina mansion is the entire Barrino clan. And when Fantasia and her manager, Brian go on the road to test her new song, Fantasia hopes that her no-nonsense Aunt Bunny will keep the homefront in order. But when her under-employed, over-confident brother, Tiny gets a brilliant idea to convert the pool house into a recording studio, all heck breaks lose.

    IMO the show’s going to make for really good TV. Fanty’s really charismatic, there’ll be drama, laughs, her songs will be polarizing, and I’m sure there will be moments that will put her on pop culture’s radar. VH1 is so smart for having this on the same timeframe as AI.

    I don’t know if Fanty’s as self aware as she needs to be but I think she’s grown some from her mistakes. She’s crazy talented though and a crazy show like this could be just what she needs to go big with her next album. That being said I’m not that excited about her working with Sean Garrett again. Missy’s great but I think Fanty’s chasing the hip hop groove too much. Novel is more like it as a producer for Fanty IMO. She needs to go old school with her music and she also needs songs that play harder to her gospel style.

  • carolinacharms

    Gosh, Niall. There but for the grace….

    I wish her all the best. What a phenomenal talent.

  • http://inkdbylilyanna.com carolina

    I agree with Spenser J and have to say — there but for the grace of God go so many.

    Fantasia has always been burdened and blessed with talent and family.

    I give her credit for coming back around again and hope that she finds the stability to achieve the fame she deserves.

    Dump the brother Fantasia.

  • CSFan

    It’s both. Here’s the 1st episode description:

    As the season begins, Fantasia is in the studio recording her hot new track, “Move On Me.” And with six people living off her dwindling income, she needs a hit… now! Back at her sprawling North Carolina mansion is the entire Barrino clan. And when Fantasia and her manager, Brian go on the road to test her new song, Fantasia hopes that her no-nonsense Aunt Bunny will keep the homefront in order. But when her under-employed, over-confident brother, Tiny gets a brilliant idea to convert the pool house into a recording studio, all heck breaks lose.

    Oh my God, so fakey fake, just like every other VH1 “reality” show. I can’t believe Fantasia lowered herself to this.