Fantasia Says Her Overdose was ‘No Accident’

In Fantasia’s Behind the Music episode, debuting on VH1 August 24 at 9 pm, she explains that her overdose was no accident:

Via People

“I didn’t have any fight in me. I didn’t care about anything. I just wanted out, ” the American Idol winner, 26, tells VH1 in a new Behind the Music interview, airing 9 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday, the same day her new album, Back to Me, is released. “At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with – all of it, all of that [expletive].”

She continues: “I just sat in the closet and looked at the mirror and took all the pills in the bottle. I wanted to go to sleep and just be at peace. I knew exactly what I was doing. You can’t accidentally take a whole bottle of pills.”

Her manager, Brian Dickens found her lying in the floor in her closet after a series of tweets from Fantasia left him suspicious.

Why’d she do it? “I was tired of people doing me wrong, constantly, over and over again, dealing with my family – my father, dealing with men and their [expletive] – I was tired, ” Fantasia  says. “My head was hurting me. I was over it.”

“I remember waking up in the hospital [and thinking], ‘It didn’t work, I’m still here in this hellhole. Still here with all this drama going on.’ ”

Fantasia says her nurse was her saving grace, “My nurse Melanie was a blessing into my life because she didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear, ” she says. “She told me what I needed to hear. And she looked at me and said, ‘You gotta get up, and you’ve gotta get out of here, ’cause you haven’t fulfilled your destiny.’ ”

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Still sounds like a cry for help, rather than a real suicide attempt to me. Also, if Fantasia really wanted to kill herself, she should have been sent directly to a mental health facility for treatment. Instead, she was out filiming her reality show for VH1 with her married ex-lover within a few days. I sure hope Fantaisa is getting the help that she needs.

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51 Comments

  1. What tweets? She hadn’t used her Twitter in over a week prior to this. Just another piece of this story that stinks to high heaven. And yeah, why wasn’t she sent to an inpatient facility? Did they give her a shot in the rear end that magically gave her back the fight she claims she no longer had?

    Her team should just play the trump card for her cd release this week: “buy Fantasia’s album or she might try to kill herself again.” Tacky yes, but it’s not like any of ’em care.

  2. Sorry. Maybe I should be more sympathetic. All I can think of is her daughter reading this quote someday and how it will make her feel. “I didn’t care about anything.” “tired of dealing with my family” Pure selfish imo. My only hope in all of this is that her daughter has some other stable adult in her life.

  3. Fantasia says her nurse was her saving grace, “My nurse Melanie was a blessing into my life because she didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear,” she says. “She told me what I needed to hear. And she looked at me and said, ‘You gotta get up, and you’ve gotta get out of here, ’cause you haven’t fulfilled your destiny.’ ”

    Well gee.. I’m glad those few simple words from the nurse fixed everything, or that would have been a close call. I just wish she would STFU already.

  4. She managed to kill her career IMO. Never should of hooked up with a married guy. She comes across as selfish and whiny. Last thing I would watch is her reality show-too much bad drama.

  5. No, I don’t think it was an accident. I think it was done on purpose to get her noticed and people to buy her album. She got well way too fast for this to be anything else.

  6. When an acquaintance of mine tried to kill himself, he was sent straight to a hospital, where they took away his shoe laces and razor blades.

  7. If she hadn’t of lucked out by singing Summertime that fateful night on American Idol, we wouldn’t be talking about her now. NO TALENT.
    NO SINGING VOICE.

  8. I don’t even know what to think about her anymore except for I’m pretty over her and I was a fan. So the nurse magically gave her the will to fight again (where her daughter apparently couldn’t), and then she moves in with her married boyfriend with TV cameras rolling… Well, I hate to believe the worst in people but if he was willing to have an affair the first time, all she’s doing by marrying him (if that happens) is making a vacancy in the mistress role. And yes, you’d think that if she was truly suicidal she would have been under psychiatric evaluation somewhere where she couldn’t do it again. A cry for help/attention is still a good sign that she needs some serious help, but I wonder if she’s getting any of that help. I hope so.

  9. Side note her Reality show is going to be quite the hit now. Though they could go with a name change. Instead of Fantasia for Real it should be Fantasia For Ratings.

  10. Why’d she do it? “I was tired of people doing me wrong, constantly, over and over again, dealing with my family – my father, dealing with men and their [expletive] – I was tired,” Fantasia says. “My head was hurting me. I was over it.”

    “I remember waking up in the hospital [and thinking], ‘It didn’t work, I’m still here in this hellhole. Still here with all this drama going on.’ ”

    Oh, Lord, I am so done trying to give this woman the benefit of the doubt. After reading this, I think the bigger issue is that she has some type of narcissistic personality disorder!

    You f*cking tried to off yourself, Fantasia. Get the hell off the television, stop granting interviews to celebrity rags, and get some help before you lose custody of your kid.

  11. NO TALENT.
    NO SINGING VOICE.

    I know it’s mileage and all that but I think that her talent is immense and her voice is amazing. But her personal stuff… ugh. And she’s so tired of all the drama – girl, you brought it on YOU with the people you surround yourself with, and with your affair with a married man.

  12. What tweets? She hadn’t used her Twitter in over a week prior to this. Just another piece of this story that stinks to high heaven.

    Niall, she could have DM’d her manager. That could be the reason they didn’t show up on her public timeline. My only question is: What did she say??? This whole thing is filled with so much drama it seems like another one of her Lifetime Movies.

    To be honest, I’m getting SO tired of HO-‘Tasia right about now. NeNe from RHO-Atlanta said it best, “CLOSE YOUR LEGS TO MARRIED MEN!!!” I just don’t know how you can’t get any clearer, more direct, or more sound advice than that. While she was busy telling a VERY married man’s wife how she couldn’t “keep” her man, she should have been more concerned with keeping a safe, stable, loving and nurturing mental, emotional and physical environment both for her daughter and herself. When she achieved that, then she could have concerned herself with her faltering career. Those two things alone is enough for anyone to be busy for a lifetime. How she found the time and energy to insert herself between a married couple, supposedly make sex tapes – with a married man, and the time alone to curl up in a closet, tweet and overdose on “tic tacs” is beyond me. As a married working mother myself, I can barely find the time to pee all by myself.

    I’m sure her married boyfriend, Antwuan, jumped on the reality bandwagon so he can pay those child support bills that are due any minute now, including the spousal support his wife is seeking. Other than that, I just don’t know why a man would willingly jump into the arms of a woman whose mental state is CLEARLY one for the DSM books. I guess those VH1 paychecks are looking a lot better than his cellphone store manager ones. Oh well…

    I really hope HO-‘Tasia’s daughter gets the help, support, love, guidance and upbringing she so badly needs right now.

  13. Side note her Reality show is going to be quite the hit now.

    That is a very sad truth.

  14. I know it’s mileage and all that but I think that her talent is immense and her voice is amazing. But her personal stuff… ugh. And she’s so tired of all the drama – girl, you brought it on YOU with the people you surround yourself with, and with your affair with a married man.

    Right there with you, tierbee. Right there with you. That’s what makes this particularly tragic (and I mean that in the Shakespearian sense). She really IS talented; not sure why she feels the need to turn her life into constant three ring media circus like a lot of the beautiful celebrity no-talents out there who exist only to be written about in the rags and make a cottage industry of the seemier parts of their lives.

    Fantasia’s “tragic flaw”? Egomania.

  15. jussayin- that was the first thing that came to my mind too- the poor daughter. The guilt that people have when a loved one kills themself never goes away, but at least most don’t have the extra burden of having known for sure why the loved one did it. Fantasia made it perfectly clear that her daughter wasn’t enough. I seriously want to punch this woman. God how selfish. She is pretty much holding that man, her daughter, and her fans hostage emotionally.

  16. NO TALENT.
    NO SINGING VOICE.

    I know it’s mileage and all that but I think that her talent is immense and her voice is amazing. But her personal stuff… ugh. And she’s so tired of all the drama – girl, you brought it on YOU with the people you surround yourself with, and with your affair with a married man.

    All true. But, as this article says, there are still double (at least) standards going around.

    http://www.theroot.com/views/alicia-keys-vs-fantasia-barrino

    Reading this makes me, at least, wonder: How come there hasn’t been similar outrage about Alisha Keys and the married man? (And not just Alisha Keys but tons of other celebrity women. Katharine Hepburn comes to mind. Considered way way classy to the end, even as she pronounced that she didn’t give a crap that Spencer T was married and that, yeah, his wife did mind.) If you’re perceived as “classy” before the event, it kind of looks to me as if you’re allowed to keep your “classy” label during and after. Whereas if you’re perceived as low-class, you’re not, by and large.

    And as another person born into a tangle of creepy familial mess, I sympathize with Fantasia’s difficulty in getting out of hers. I’ve never managed to do so to the extent I probably should, even though I’ve got decades on this girl, graduate degrees and so on. Not everybody can walk away so easily from the swamps some of us we’re born in, although I know that some people do manage. Having her money and fame hasn’t made it any easier for Fantasia to do this, I imagine. Similarly, the many born-into-poverty-and-gangland athletes who just can’t get rid of their old crews. It would be a good idea to do so, but it’s easier said than done for many of us. We share too many traits with the rest of the swamp dwellers.

    I wish her luck in moving on.

  17. Oh, Lord, I am so done trying to give this woman the benefit of the doubt. After reading this, I think the bigger issue is that she has some type of narcissistic personality disorder!

    Actually I dont think is narcissistic, if anything hse should have a very low self esteem…

  18. come there hasn’t been similar outrage about Alisha Keys and the married man?

    I don’t know about other folks but I had never heard anything about Alicia Keys and her married man. Her current man I guess was separated (though still married)? It just seems to have all been kept much quieter. I’m sure there are other reasons but one of them I’m quite sure is that it just wasn’t public knowledge as much as Fantastia’s mess is. I am admittedly not following news of Alicia Keys so I don’t know.

    Similarly, the many born-into-poverty-and-gangland athletes who just can’t get rid of their old crews. It would be a good idea to do so, but it’s easier said than done for many of us.

    Oh, I get that. It’s hard to climb away from your family, and even when your family is a trainwreck you still sometimes have ties that you just can’t break. But bringing all these reality show cameras into her life, making a public spectacle of herself with a married man (they were *not* discreet), these things are the things I am tired of. And then “oh poor me” when the shit hits the fan about the married man that you flaunted… Don’t get me wrong, I feel for her and hope she gets some help. I’m just having a hard time calling myself a fan right now.

  19. And no, I wouldn’t think that she’s narcissistic, I would be more inclined to guess that it’s more of an issue of low self-esteem and just a person who is in dire need of some help. I don’t know her, so I’m just theorizing, of course.

  20. I really know nothing about Fantasia except what I’ve read and heard in the “gossip” rags and I didn’t watch her epic bio pic so all I have is a feeling or intuition based on years of life experiences…and every nerve in me tingles and screams FAKE where Fantasia is concerned. And, since I am part of the general public I bet that there are thousands of others that think like I do.

    The women has apparently been an ongoing train wreck for years and years and I think her rise on AI had more to do with her back story and the sympathy vote then on her having more talent then the many good divas that were on season 3. And, yes, she is talented but talent wrapped in an unstable persona is not always the best combination…and this latest interview is the absolutely indication that Fantasia has a highly disfunctional personality. It seems like her life is all about being used and using back with a vengence.

    At some point people/fans will get real tired of caring about this obviously irrational person and will move on…then Fantasia will really have something to be “sick and tired” about: the end of her career!

  21. Ugh the quote about not caring about or dealing with her family killed any ounce of sympathy I had left. She sickens me.

    When an acquaintance of mine tried to kill himself, he was sent straight to a hospital, where they took away his shoe laces and razor blades.

    Same here, not only that the person I know who went through it was held in the hospital for 2 days being observed carefully by specialists..that and they even kept sheets off his bed.

  22. Ugh the quote about not caring about or dealing with her family killed any ounce of sympathy I had left.

    Yeah, I think that did it for me since she has a *child*. :(

  23. All true. But, as this article says, there are still double (at least) standards going around.

    http://www.theroot.com/views/alicia-keys-vs-fantasia-barrino

    Reading this makes me, at least, wonder: How come there hasn’t been similar outrage about Alisha Keys and the married man?

    The thing with Alisha Keys is that not only does she have more money than Fantasia (for “silencing” purposes), but she also has more clout in the entertainment industry. I can’t name an album of hers that hasn’t gone multi-platinum or a tour of hers that hasn’t been wildly successful. Her songs are being played on the radio, in various formats, every 3 minutes. It’s difficult to shake a stick at an awards show where she hasn’t performed, presented or attended in a visible fashion. The thing with Swizz Beats, her then cheating married boyfriend – now husband, is that he’s mainly from the hip-hop world. The “no snitching” undercurrent in that world is rampant. Many people knew Swizz was cheating on his wife, Mashonda (who was pregnant at the time), but no one spoke up about it. When Mashonda finally caught wind of the affair and tried as she might to speak out about it, her story was silenced or sidelined to the tabloids. Mashonda used to be a semi-famous singer who never really took off. She was no longer relevant and therefore her story was no longer news. And without corroboration from other notables in the industry who knew full well what was going on between her husband and Alisha, no one was interested in blowing that story up in the mainstream media.

    It’s also worth noting too that even Fanstasia’s story didn’t make it into the mainstream (the tabloid press, like MediaTakeOut, had known for nearly a year) until she tried to “kill” herself. Even then it was framed into the even more famous context of “American Idol Winner – Fantasia Barrino”. She couldn’t even grab the headline on her name alone.

    BOTH Alisha Keys and Fantasia Barrino are skanky whores in the cheating with married men department, to me. Alisha however didn’t continue to cheat with a married man (since Swizz divorced his wife) or make a reality show surrounding her skanky whoreness. She also eventually married the guy herself (after becoming pregnant by him). Mashonda, Swizz’s ex-wife, also didn’t report any altercations or confrontations of any kind between her and Alisha (that I know of), whereas Fantasia routinely and relentlessly called the marriage home at all hours of the night and beraded the wife on her “man keeping” skills.

  24. A mother of minor children who tries to kill herself is narcissistic and selfish — unless there is serious mental illness involved. And to do it over a married man — a situation totally created by her — is disgusting. I have no respect for her.

  25. The women has apparently been an ongoing train wreck for years and years and I think her rise on AI had more to do with her back story and the sympathy vote then on her having more talent then the many good divas that were on season 3.

    Well, I, for one, only started watching Idol midway through S3, so I was fairly oblivious to her back-story and wouldn’t have cared all that much if I hadn’t been. But I do remember, for me, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson being the two standouts that season. I can’t even remember who that third “black diva” was (some pretty, and pretty dull, person). I also remember when the three of them ended up in the bottom 3 thinking that they were canceling each other out and that one of them was going to get an early boot. (I still think that’s what happened with JHud — that and her haughty persona.)

    So I do believe Fantasia won based on talent; as we know, too much back-story, if anything, can sabotage an Idol by the last few weeks of the season. I actually think she won in spite of her backstory, which likely turned off as many potential voters as it won over.

    I used to think Fantasia suffered from low self-esteem, but after reading some of these quotes and watching her paraded all around the media with her latest scandals, I have come to think she has a serious issue with self-absorption/narcissism. Folks with low self worth don’t brag about their romantic conquests or call in the reality show cameramen to help sell their next album.

  26. BOTH Alisha Keys and Fantasia Barrino are skanky whores in the cheating with married men department, to me. Alisha however didn’t continue to cheat with a married man (since Swizz divorced his wife) or make a reality show surrounding her skanky whoreness. She also eventually married the guy herself (after becoming pregnant by him). Mashonda, Swizz’s ex-wife, also didn’t report any altercations or confrontations of any kind between her and Alisha (that I know of), whereas Fantasia routinely and relentlessly called the marriage home at all hours of the night and beraded the wife on her “man keeping” skills.

    I remember reading somewhere that Swiss’s ex-wife Mashonda wrote an open letter addressing Alicia Keys, because she felt disrespected by her. Though I don’t think that information made any mainstream news. I think that Alicia had said something that upset her, in addition to of course cheating with her husband.

    I think it boils down to Alica being more famous/popular than Fantasia is, and that she managed to keep her news about her affair mostly quiet.

  27. This is a really touchy subject for me and it disturbs me to see all the hatred, disbelief that it was nothing more than a publicity stunt, she’s selfish, etc. etc. Niall, how do you know she didn’t use her Twitter account? Are you not aware that you can send direct twitters to people that the general public cannot see? If you followed me on Twitter (not this name) you would think I never use it.

    I could never call myself a fan of Fantasia despite loving her performance of ‘Summertime’ and being impressed by her bringing attention to the problem of illiteracy in this great country. I’ve known way too many teenage unwed mothers and the stigma always bothered me, particularly when the males in the ‘transaction’ went unscathed.

    My first experience with suicide was when a friend’s mother took an overdose of sleeping pills very similar to Fantasia. The second was when the police showed up at my house because I was named in a suicide note from another friend. I was 15 at the time.

    When I was 17 (sounds like a good name for a web series) I worked as a volunteer on a teen suicide prevention hotline until my parents found out. They were fearful that ‘those crazies’ would come after me.

    When I started reading this article today, 7 successful suicides and countless unsuccessful ones immediately came to mind. My count went up to 15 by the time I chose to respond and I needed to stop thinking about this. These were all people I knew very well. In my long life, I’ve known a lot of people across the country.

    It appears to me that Fantasia was put in the hospital for at least 72 hours observation. I think that is pretty standard. Hospital, and particularly mental health facilities, are grossly overcrowded. Someone like Fantasia who has a motivated team of handlers accepting responsibility for ‘taking care’ of her would get released. An adult cannot be detained in a hospital against their will or without court order.
    Fantasia’s management and the people who surround her sicken me.

    Failed suicide attempts seem always to be a ‘cry for help’ or a ‘cry for attention’ while successful ones are ‘Oh, that’s a shame, why didn’t anyone see this coming and help?’

  28. I actually think she won in spite of her backstory, which likely turned off as many potential voters as it won over.

    I agree with that – she took some serious backlash if nothing else for being a single mom and I thought it would cost her the win. She really shone that season, she was so different.

    Failed suicide attempts seem always to be a ‘cry for help’ or a ‘cry for attention’ while successful ones are ‘Oh, that’s a shame, why didn’t anyone see this coming and help?’

    Oh, she needs help. And the people who surround her, including her management, disgust me for sure (like bringing the album talk into any talk about her suicide attempt). But it’s hard to feel sympathy for her “oh poor me” talk when she was the one flaunting her married man and making a spectacle of herself and when the shitstorm that she was courting happened it was too much for her. Turning on the reality show cameras, I think, is what has people upset and inclined to call her a famewhore and doubt her motives. Right after this whole mess she was right back with her married man and the cameras were apparently right back on. I think she needs serious help, now. And I don’t doubt that she’ll try it again if she continues to make her life into a giant trainwreck. I can be disgusted by her and feel sorry for her all at the same time.

  29. It appears to me that Fantasia was put in the hospital for at least 72 hours observation. I think that is pretty standard. Hospital, and particularly mental health facilities, are grossly overcrowded.

    Someone like Fantasia who has a motivated team of handlers accepting responsibility for ‘taking care’ of her would get released. An adult cannot be detained in a hospital against their will or without court order.
    Fantasia’s management and the people who surround her sicken me.

    Failed suicide attempts seem always to be a ‘cry for help’ or a ‘cry for attention’ while successful ones are ‘Oh, that’s a shame, why didn’t anyone see this coming and help?’

    TwigLA, I think we all “get” this, but most of us are up in arms about what lead up to her “attempt” and what immediately followed it. Not many people are feeling the sincerity here. Also, a little objectivity goes a long way in seeing a situation clearly for what it really is. That’s why there are judges and jurors are selected or de-selected based on their familiarity on a subject. And yes, Fantasia’s management and surrounding people sicken me also, but HER thoughts, decisions, and actions sicken me even more. I guess it won’t be long before someone from her camp comes up with a “syndrome” to explain away her behavior. Guessing it will be around the time Soundscan posts first week sales of her album.

  30. I don’t think it is the “suicide attempt” and Fantasia’s apparent psychological issues that are in contention out in the real world…most people aren’t dissing it as a cry for help, but what seems to rankle most of us (if the comments I’m reading can be believed) is Fantasia’s and her peep’s reaction to the incident.

    If the quote stated in MJs header is true and she really said those things to People magazine that is where the disconnect seems to be. People, I know, who have tried to commit suicide are so emotionally distraught after the incident that it takes them a considerable amount of time to recover enough to speak about it and return to their normal life. But here is Fantasia promoting her album, performing, doing her TV gig with no apparent side affects from her near death experience. That is what I can’t come to grips with. If her life was so bad why would she even consider just doing the stupid things, again, that caused her to want to end her “miserable” life in the first place. Something about this entire process just runs counter to most observers common sense.

  31. Turning on the reality show cameras, I think, is what has people upset and inclined to call her a famewhore and doubt her motives. Right after this whole mess she was right back with her married man and the cameras were apparently right back on.

    I wasn’t feeling judgmental at all about Fantasia’s situation, until she turned her personal business into fodder for the TV cameras. That’s when she lost me.

    Watching her Walmart soundstage on Friday reminded me how incredibly talented she is. She really doesn’t need to pimp herself like a f*cking Kardashian. It’s really a shame.

  32. I wasn’t feeling judgmental at all about Fantasia’s situation, until she turned her personal business into fodder for the TV cameras. That’s when she lost me.

    My experience exactly.

    Watching her Walmart soundstage on Friday reminded me how incredibly talented she is. She really doesn’t need to pimp herself like a f*cking Kardashian. It’s really a shame.

    This is when I determined she’s not worth defending.

  33. Anyone who has reached a low enough point in their lives to attempt suicide deserves sympathy and support.

    Even having an affair with a married man is perfectly within the norms (at one extreme) of human behaviour: we can all give way to weaknesses. Both parties are equally guilty in that situation anyway. The only innocent parties there are the children.

    Where all sympathy gets thrown out of the window is in the way all of this is – deliberately and seemingly in a planned conext – part of the publicity for a new album and is – even more sickeningly – being played out in the context of some godawful, bottom of the heap, slumming it, reality TV programme.

    The two things – a genuine cry for help/human weakness and publicity grubbing – do not go hand in hand, in my mind anyway.

    I think Fantasia is an undoubtedly talented singer: she was the only AI performer before season 7 whose post AI music I actually checked out, with a mind to possibly buying it. However, sorry, it may sound callous, but I find the situation with regards to publicity nauseating and on a par with Jordin or other bottom of the heap reality stars.

    Even if I loved her music, I wouldn’t want to buy into that whole totally cynical and exploitative situation, whether she’s an innocent pawn in the clutches of a sick management or whether – as sadly I’d suspect – she’s completely complicit in the whole thing.

  34. When it comes to this story people are cynical because they rightfully smell exploitation. If I TRULY believed she had intended to kill herself or had a REAL mental health crisis, I’d be 100% sympathetic. But none of this is playing out as a real crisis the way, for example, Britney Spears meltdown did. Fantasia took aspirin with her manager there to be Johnny on the Spot, and then all her problems apparently were “fixed” by a SASSY!NURSE! who set her straight with a few cliches. Then she was right back to work on her reality show, exploiting the situation for sympathy, ratings, and record sales.

    I also don’t buy the idea that Fantasia is some poor little pawn in this scenario, being misused by her team. Not anymore. She’s a grown ass woman who has created her own problems and the “poor Fantasia, she’s so naive, people always try to take her down, she’s a victim, blah blah blah” meme is tired and worn.

  35. Wasn´t she supposed to be trying to heal herself and learning to deal with everything, so she wouldn´t do it again? What the hell is she doing in front of a camera talking about this?

  36. Just so nobody misunderstands me, I don’t approve of any of the things Fantasia is doing. I definitely did not approve of her being involved with a married or even an ‘in the process of divorce’ man. I never approved of her reality series and now adding a second one surrounding her affair? It makes me ill.

    Fantastia needs a lot of help in a lot of areas. I do not think she will get it and I feel she is being exploited all around. I definitely feel terrible for her daughter.

  37. I do not think she will get it and I feel she is being exploited all around.

    TwigLA, I don’t think she will get the help she needs either. And it makes me sad, and especially so for her daughter :(

  38. I certainly do not think her talent was worthy of all the overly orgasmic responses that people were giving her during her Idol run. I didn’t see her as any better than Diana, JHud, or LaToya by any means. In a way, none of this shocks me. When you’re on a show like Idol, and the judges, media, and viewers continue to tell you that your shit doesn’t stink, you’ll eventually start to believe it. Humility has never been a trait that Fantasia knows anything about, so of course she was going to believe her own press. After people started to lose interest, she lost control and this is her twisted of way to trying to get people interested again.

  39. Watching her Walmart soundstage on Friday reminded me how incredibly talented she is. She really doesn’t need to pimp herself like a f*cking Kardashian. It’s really a shame.

    That’s where I am at. Not gonna judge cause I don’t know shit. Some of this hits too close to home for me to even act like I am shocked that any of this could happen. I think she is a troubled but talented young lady, and I hope she gets her act together.

  40. She speaks as though this happened years ago instead of what..last week? Not a good sign of what’s to come. I love her voice and hate to see this!

  41. Wow, tough crowd.

    We can think whatever about what she’s been up to lately, but this:

    NO TALENT.
    NO SINGING VOICE.

    Um, no. Girl has pipes and passion in excess, and I didn’t even watch back in the day. But I did see some frickin’ fantastic tribute performance she did for a diva (I’ve forgotten which one :-)) a few years back. Fantasia may have probs, most of which we’ll never quite know, much less understand. But, talent she has — immensely.

  42. What I’m wondering is why all the attention on Tasia. Alicia Keyes did the same thing but nobody is talking about her. Nancy Grace did a 2 hour special on Fantasia and the married man. A lot of people commit adultery, its not right but why do we give certain people a pass but not all, wrong is wrong. IMO Alicia did worse, she got pregnant by the man. If you condemn Tasia and stop being her fan than stop listening to Alicia Keyes when she comes on Idol gives back this year.

  43. abbysee:
    08/23/2010 at 3:42 pm

    That’s where I am at. Not gonna judge cause I don’t know shit. Some of this hits too close to home for me to even act like I am shocked that any of this could happen. I think she is a troubled but talented young lady, and I hope she gets her act together.

    I agree. Nothing excuses her affair, and yet whether a cry for help or a real suicide attempt, there’s really no difference. Either way it’s a sign that something is wrong. And as was said earlier, they don’t necessarily put someone who has attempted suicide into a mental health facility right off the bat, especially if they’re someone who is surrounded by managers, handlers, etc.

    The mind is a strange thing. I for one CAN believe that she would try to kill herself in a desperate moment, and then several days later seem ok, out promoting her new album and rekindling her relationship with this guy. The key words there are “seem ok.” I’ve talked at length in a past post about this whole thing, but I have seen someone who wanted to kill themselves one night be in classes for the rest of the week and have seen another who actually had attempted it the night before be in work the following day.

    There’s always another possibility too. Who really knows Fantasia well enough to know if perhaps she has a drug problem even? If she does, she could be on something and seem like she isn’t in a suicidal state.

    Just too many possible variables here. I really think the girl needs help regardless of what the exact situation is, because a willingness to take part in a suicide attempt, even if it was somehow staged, shows that either she isn’t in a good mental state or she’s around others who really couldn’t care less about her well-being, only about their possible profit from her. Or both.

  44. We’re living in a world with “Speidi” and their fake divorce and sex tape drama. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for Fantasia and her team to seize an opportunity to turn Fantasia into the victim AND get a few extra spins and album sales, not to mention ratings for her tv show. The timing of all this crap and the fact that VH1 and Fantasia jumped right into exploiting it tells me just about all I care to know about good ol’ Fanny.

    What I’m wondering is why all the attention on Tasia. Alicia Keyes did the same thing but nobody is talking about her. Nancy Grace did a 2 hour special on Fantasia and the married man. A lot of people commit adultery, its not right but why do we give certain people a pass but not all, wrong is wrong. IMO Alicia did worse, she got pregnant by the man. If you condemn Tasia and stop being her fan than stop listening to Alicia Keyes when she comes on Idol gives back this year.

    Alicia, Swiss Beatz, and his ex wife are all celebrities of varying degrees. The American public can’t relate to it and have come to expect the behavior from “stars.” Plus Alicia didn’t go all drama queen and then try to exploit her affair via a reality show. People don’t seem to understand that isn’t so much the affair as it is Fantasia’s reported treatment of the former wife and then her subsequent woe is me “suicide attempt” that grates.

  45. I never have listened to Alicia Keys…

    As it happens, I don’t care about the private lives of famous people and would never decide whether to support their work for that reason.

    I do despise the trip down to the garbage tip that some aspects of reality TV have become – and that consequently some other areas of the enterainment arts have become, where everything is about getting your name in the papers for publicity, no matter what the subject matter.

    Adultery, the misery it causes (to the children at the very least), suicide – all reduced to a – what half an hour/hour? – slot on what purports to be an entertaining reality show. It’s goulish and ghastly, to my mind anyway and cheapens the possibly very real anguish at the heart of everything.

    So no, it’s not the adultery, the affair or whatever that causes the criticism, it’s the exploitation of it, in the nastiest possible way. If the suicide attempt was real – and we’ve got no reason to think that it wasn’t – then what sort of low life creeps of a management team automatically think: I know – we’ll incorporate that into our TV show!???

  46. ^^^ Agreed. And to follow that, if it was real and her management pitched that idea to her, and she went along with it, isn’t that a sign she’s got some serious problems?

    And for that matter, if it wasn’t real, if she was a part of a grand conspiracy of some sort, it still doesn’t change the fact that for her to go along with something like that shows that she’s got problems. Attention seeking, low self esteem, whatever it may be, there’s still problems there.

    I don’t deny the sleaziness of the handling in the aftermath – on Fantasia’s part, on the part of her management, anyone. But really, whether real or fake (and I still believe it was real in the beginning and then they spun it into a publicity event) is immaterial. The girl’s got problems either way and she needs help, and people around her who actually care.

  47. I think it boils down to Alicia being more famous/popular than Fantasia is, and that she managed to keep her news about her affair mostly quiet.

    I agree-Alicia is the more popular “mainstream” star whereas Tasia is not, so she gets a pass in the mainstream media for basically being guilty of the same crime Tasia is getting raked over the coals for. I guess what bugs me a bit is reading all the rationalizations for Alicia’s affair with Swizz Beatz, when in my mind there is no difference between what Alicia did and what Fantasia has done. Bottom line for me: messing with a married man is wrong-period. Alicia is every bit the “homewrecker” that Fantasia is, and just because she’s now married to the guy and with child doesn’t make it right. I can’t say I disagree with much of what was said in that article about the double-standard in the treatment of Alicia and Fantasia’s situation.

    As for Fantasia, I really hope she gets it together. She’s very talented IMO, but she needs to get her personal life in order. I don’t approve of her actions at all, and I don’t like the fact that she and her team seem to be using this to drum up more publicity and promotion for her album/tv show. That said, I hope she can come out of this situation a better woman, for her sake and for the sake of her daughter. I wish her the best.

  48. For people who keep bringing up Alicia as an example of how unfair the media has been to Fantasia over her behavior, let’s not forget Leann Rimes. She’s been raked over the coals for months now and that was just for the affair. Unlike Fantasia she didn’t compound the tabloid aspect of it via a reality show and aspirin overdose.

    The bottom line is, without Fantasia’s tawdry choice to make this part of her tv show this story is a million times less sexy and goes away quicker.

  49. She’s been raked over the coals for months now and that was just for the affair.

    Oh, man, I forgot about Leeann – she has been some major tabloid fodder. She’s been ripped to shreds for sure, though hers is even worse because wasn’t she also married when she started this affair with the married guy?

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