Fantasia Barrino’s manager, Brian Dickens, speaks out to squelch the latest rumors that the beleaguered Season 3 Idol winner is pregnant with married lover Antwaun Cook’s child. Dickens tells CNN that “Fantasia’s pregnant with prosperity.”

The recent weight gain is in preparation for a movie role, claims Dickens. He says Fantasia has been signed to play legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and must gain 45 pounds by the time filming starts in May.

Fantasia admitted, under oath, in Cook’s November 2010 child custody case that she got pregnant by her married lover and had an abortion around the time of her failed suicide attempt.

So yeah. Good thing Fantasia’s not pregnant. Keep it together, girl.

Update: According to THR, the Mahalia Jackson bio-pic Fantasia is set to appear in is a feature-film adaptation of the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.

Fantasia will portray Jackson, according to THR, “on her journey from abject poverty in New Orleans to her rise as a global figure in gospel and early supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr. The singer died in 1972 at the age of 60.”

The film will be directed by Euzhan Palcy (A Dry White Season) from a script by Jim Evering. It goes into production in April in Pittsburgh and Chicago for a December release.

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  • partyintheusa

    Nice. She butchered an innocent child due to the inconvenience it might cause. The more I hear about this girl, the less I like her.

  • SybilTrelawney

    I respect the view that abortion is wrong but I really dislike the assumption that women get abortions because of the “inconvenience.”

  • Miss Blue

    I respect the view that abortion is wrong but I really dislike the assumption that women get abortions because of the “inconvenience.”

    I agree with your sentiment completely, although in this case I do think it was a case of contraception after the horse left the barn. Very distasteful.

  • jpfan

    Fantasia will be playing Mahalia Jackson. Excellent. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she wins at least one Grammy this Sunday. Her recent album is now my all time favorite Idol album and this is from someone who never watched S3 or liked her much before.

  • songsungblue

    Nice. She butchered an innocent child due to the inconvenience it might cause. The more I hear about this girl, the less I like her.

    SHE was carrying the child, and it was HER choice legally whether or not to carry to term. How do we know her reasons? I sure don’t, and I don’t judge her for it. She’s an incredible talent, and I’m delighted that she’s playing Mahalia!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    SHE was carrying the child, and it was HER choice legally whether or not to carry to term. How do we know her reasons? I sure don’t, and I don’t judge her for it. She’s an incredible talent, and I’m delighted that she’s playing Mahalia!

    I agree. I think that Fantasia has a lot of acting ability. Cool that she’s going to play Mahalia. I hope that she gets some control over her personal life.

  • JW

    I am so over Fantasia. Never cared for her shrieking voice to begin with and the more I hear of her, the more I don’t care for her.

  • Marie Ruffin

    This is an interesting reveal….since nowhere in the blogosphere has it mentioned that she’s been signed to play Mahalia Jackson….no body knows it but her and her manager? And I honestly don’t think she can pull off a Mahalia Jackson bio movie. I saw the original play years and years ago with Jennifer Holiday, and the play didn’t last but a minute because it was so poorly written and staged. I hope this is a different version.

  • Niall

    Fantasia has shown herself to be a skilled liar throughout her career, so I’m sure she can act. She’s acting all the time (acting innocent, acting victimized, etc).

    Abortion is and should be the woman’s choice, but the court testimony and timeline certainly gives weight to the idea that she knew a pregnancy would be bad for her career and reputation. Not every abortion is done for noble reasons or medical necessity.

  • songsungblue

    With all due respect Niall – I don’t care why it’s done. It’s the woman’s choice, right? :) What makes me incredibly angry is that she was forced to reveal this. It was no one’s business.

    Fantasia really brings out the claws! LOL. I can’t think of too many celebrities that haven’t slept with married men/women [and he was separated at the time, that was proven], had/encouraged women to have abortions and/or fudged about their personal lives. Why is she so awful exactly? Because she’s less skilled at shielding herself? What has she done that say, Kim Kardashian hasn’t done? And why is her morality so important? I don’t get it. Who hasn’t made some bad decisions? Is it only celebrities that kill defenseless dogs that get second chances? ;)

  • MrDuffin

    How true….Fantasia is a role model for all that’s good. I just hate shes’s from NC!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    dont like her.at all.really.

  • Miss Blue

    It is times like this that I really miss negativo.

  • abbysee

    Fantasia really brings out the claws! LOL. I can’t think of too many celebrities that haven’t slept with married men/women [and he was separated at the time, that was proven], had/encouraged women to have abortions and/or fudged about their personal lives. Why is she so awful exactly? Because she’s less skilled at shielding herself? What has she done that say, Kim Kardashian hasn’t done? And why is her morality so important? I don’t get it. Who hasn’t made some bad decisions? Is it only celebrities that kill defenseless dogs that get second chances?

    Pretty much how I feel!

    And I honestly don’t think she can pull off a Mahalia Jackson bio movie. I saw the original play years and years ago with Jennifer Holiday, and the play didn’t last but a minute because it was so poorly written and staged. I hope this is a different version.

    Your opinion of course, but I saw a similar play years and years ago in NY and it was excellent with an excellent cast, which has no bearing on how Fantasia with do in this movie if it comes to fruition of course. I did see Fantasia in The Color Purple, and if that has any bearing on her acting chops, I think she can certainly play Mahalia. I am excited as Mahalia was a favorite of my great-grandma. I bet that’s gonna be a helluva soundtrack too.

  • partyintheusa

    I love how another life is merely referred to as a choice before birth. It’s just choice if it is not wanted, but only if it is wanted is someone going to call it a baby. She was carrying a baby that was ripped apart limb by limb with instruments of torture. Do the research and you’ll understand why it is such a heinous act for anyone to take part in.

  • abbysee

    Nvm, I do know better…..breathe abby, breathe.

  • CSFan

    If the role requires her to be downtrodden, feel sorry for herself, create her own problems that others are blamed for, complain about being treated badly, and in general play a victim, she’ll be fine. Fanny knows her lane.

  • abbysee

    Anyway, I am glad it’s been confirmed. She’s been doing quite well as of late. Grammy nominations, cd selling pretty well, couple of hits from said cd. Her tour is a hot ticket, and well received, and now a plum movie role. Get it Fantasia.

  • sr4mjc

    Sarah Palin is that you?

    It is times like this that I really miss negativo.

    i think he’s around, starting a revolution somewhere :) Is just a hunch.

    As for Fantasia, well I hope she gets her personal life in order sometime.

  • songsungblue

    You know if you feel that way about abortion, partyintheusa, maybe you shouldn’t have one. :) Just sayin’

    Where was Fantasia’s role confirmed?!

  • abbysee

    From Mj’s update above….

    Update: According to THR, the Mahalia Jackson bio-pic Fantasia is set to appear in is a feature-film adaptation of the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.

    Fantasia will portray Jackson, according to THR, “on her journey from abject poverty in New Orleans to her rise as a global figure in gospel and early supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr. The singer died in 1972 at the age of 60.”

    The film will be directed by Euzhan Palcy (A Dry White Season) from a script by Jim Evering. It goes into production in April in Pittsburgh and Chicago for a December release.

  • Elliegrll

    Abortion is and should be the woman’s choice, but the court testimony and timeline certainly gives weight to the idea that she knew a pregnancy would be bad for her career and reputation.

    Did you really read the court transcripts, or are you making an assumption?

    Congratulations to Fantasia, this is a huge role, and I hope she pulls it off. She was scheduled to reprise her The Color Purple role for the movie adaptation, but I guess that’s been put on hold.

    I saw the original play years and years ago with Jennifer Holiday

    The play and the movie are based on the same book, but don’t have anything to do with one another. The writer doesn’t have an impressive résumé, but the director does.

  • druzilla

    Fanny as Mahalia Jackson? Heresy!

    It’s the woman’s choice, right? What makes me incredibly angry is that she was forced to reveal this. It was no one’s business.

    You’re upset she admitted to killing a baby but not that she killed it? What difference does it make? If the baby doesn’t mean anything because it’s just “the woman’s choice” as you put it, she should own it! She put herself in those situations both in having yet another “unplanned” pregnancy and the court case.

    She’s a sick, irresponsible, home-wrecking fool. I fear for her daughter Zion. What hope does she have with a “mom” like ‘tasia?

  • songsungblue

    No, I’m not upset because in my world view it wasn’t a baby, it was a fetus, it wasn’t appropriate for everyone in the entire world to know and judge, and if you’re so sure she’s a lousy mother – why do you insist she should be one again? L.O.L. End of story. I’m sure that MJ does not need us discussing pro-life vs. pro-choice on her site. :)

    Why is Fantasia the horrible, horrible person? How about the guy owning it too? HE was married. It scares me the amount of anger directed at Fantasia. She’s not the only woman to have an abortion in America. And it sounds like his home was wrecked WAY before Fantasia arrived.

  • songsungblue

    I just meant that people act like she’s the only woman in America to ever get an abortion! The shock! The horror! They are still legal and all. ;)

    I haven’t walked in her shoes, and I don’t know what she’s gone through in her life. I do know that she’s an incredible performer, so I can only wish her the best. I made a lot of mistakes when I was young – who am I to decide which are permissible?

  • siren

    Congratulations to Fantasia on this new role!! She was incredible in The Color Purple on Broadway. Gospel music is in her blood and I am sure she will do justice to the role of Mahalia.

  • ladymadonna

    What a bizarre way to handle the PR aspect of this announcement. Instead of proactively issuing a press release and working this story about the movie role in a controlled and positive way to the press, it was announced as a defensive move only after Fantasia’s weight gain was questioned? I really hope Fanty gets her shit together (maybe a Grammy will be the catalyst?). After watching her vh1 show and how the whole Antuwan Cook/suicide scandal was handled, I kinda hope “getting her shit together” includes unloading her manager and hiring a skilled and hard-nosed publicist.

  • Elliegrll

    And it sounds like his home was wrecked WAY before Fantasia arrived.

    It doesn’t matter, but Fantasia always stated that she believed that he and his wife were separated at the time that she they started to date, and this was shown to be true in a court of law.

  • partyintheusa

    in my world view it wasn’t a baby, it was a fetus

    Yes because a fetus is just some lifeless mass of tissue, right? When it’s wanted, we don’t hear a woman say I’m carrying a fetus. She says I’m carrying a baby. When exactly does it become a baby in your world view? After birth? If so, then crushing its skull right before it is should be born is okay then, right?

    Any no she should not be a mother again. That is why there are things out there called adoption.

  • songsungblue

    If so, then crushing its skull right before it is should be born is okay then, right?

    Right. :)

  • partyintheusa

    Fine…if I and others are supposed to keep out of others’ “personal choice”, then keep our tax dollars out of it too. No more government funding for that shit. After all, it is your personal choice, so why should I have to help you pay for it?

  • songsungblue

    Uh. What does this have to do with Fantasia again? ;)

  • Tera2

    I just read couple days ago she’s back with that Antwaun guy and possibly pregnant again and I was shocked. After all the drama and humiliation of trying to kill herself she’s back with him again. She might as well be pregnant too. I only saw a few of her TV show, but I saw that one when she confronted Antwan about the whole drama with wife. And her family told her she made the right decision to leave him alone, and she agreed. I thought they gave her good advise too. The guy looked like someone just with her for money and celebrity. He is too attractive for her and wouldn’t date someone like Fantasia if she didn’t have the fame to go with it. She’s clearly obssessed with him. Fantasia has issues, and this won’t be the last of her drama I’m sure. Lets hope she doesn’t take another overdose over him. I wish her well.