Fantasia hospitalized for overdose

Posted August 10, 2010

— “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized on Monday night after an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid, according to her manager, Brian Dickens.

Barrino was recently accused of having an affair and making a sex tape with a married man, according to WCNC-TV. She was named in a lawsuit between the man and his wife.

“She was totally overwhelmed by the lawsuit and media attention,” Dickens said in a statement on Tuesday.

He added that Barrino was also dehydrated and exhausted.

Dickens said Barrino, 26, was stable and expected to be released from the hospital soon. He did not say which hospital she was taken to.

Dickens said Barrino read the legal complaint filed by Paula Cook for the first time on Monday. Cook alleges that Barrino had been having an affair with her husband, Antwuan, for nearly a year, according to WCNC.

"Fantasia believed Mr. Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his heart was not in it," Dickens said. "She believed him when he told her he and Mrs. Cook separated in late summer 2009."

Barrino and Antwuan cook dated on and off for about 11 months, Dickens said.

"Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused," he said.

Fantasia, who won the “American Idol” crown in 2004, is due to release her third album, “Back to Me,” on Aug. 24. She was supposed to do promotion for the album this week; a Wednesday interview with The Associated Press was canceled earlier Tuesday.

Dickens noted the album release in his statement and also referred to one of the album’s songs “I’m Here,” which talks about being thankful for easy and hard times.

“Fantasia sends her praise to God and her eternal gratitude to her fans, friends, and family,” Dickens said.

Since winning “Idol,” the North Carolina resident has endured success as well as difficult times. While she’s had both platinum and gold albums and starred on Broadway in “The Color Purple,” she fell into legal troubles that almost forced her to lose her home in 2008.

A VH1 reality show, “Fantasia For Real,” debuted earlier this year, chronicling her struggles as a single mother trying to support her family, as well as her attempts to jump-start her career, which has sagged in recent years.


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  • kikinc Aug 11, 2010

    I don't care who you are, famous or not. Doing the dirty with a married someone is wrong, and you reap what you sow. Sorry, no pity here.

  • pulstar40 Aug 11, 2010

    wildcat..."Well she has certainly disappointed God/Jesus" REALLY? Then I guess the entire human race is just a huge disappointment, since none of us are perfect. I hope Fantasia's faith is a lot stronger than yours.

  • scherry278932 Aug 11, 2010

    Fantasia is one of many to lied to by a married man, the key thing that the media is disregarding. Before American Idol she was just a girl from High Point, and regardless of all the money in the world she's still this person. As yourself would Mrs. Cook have filed this alienation of affection suit if Fantasia was broke. Fantasia dated (past tense) her husband for a year, it's over, if he can't let go it is not her fault. The only perfect person who walked this Earth was Jesus! Stop depending on sports figures, entertainers, politicians to be who your kids want to grow up to be or even us adults living our life thru their reality shows. The reason she took the overdose isn't because she is weak, she just isn't strong enough to stand up under the weight of scrutiny, judgement we fans,the media are putting forth. Those without sin throw the first stone, if you can't give her your support. I am sick of those who are a fan while there star is bright but let it get a speck of tarnish they a

  • wildcat Aug 11, 2010

    make up your mind 'wildcat'.

    About what?

  • finwearer Aug 11, 2010

    make up your mind 'wildcat'.

  • finwearer Aug 11, 2010

    wildcat... I promise you she didn't catch my eye. I am only interested in how misguided people like you are.

  • this is my Screen Name Aug 11, 2010

    Ditto what PlanetX wrote. We have misplaced the priorities on who the heroes are.

  • finwearer Aug 11, 2010

    A "set up". ....ROFL!!!!! She is IGNORANT!!!! She is a known VIOLATOR of laws!!! She has NO TALENT!!!!! She thinks she can do whatever she wants and it will be 'okay' because she is "Fantasia"!!!! Wake up folks. She has managed to pull the wool over many peoples eye... but, just maybe... that wool is getting a bit thin. See her for what she is. A lying opportunist.

  • wildcat Aug 11, 2010

    Why do people that is in the lime-light think they can get away with stuff when the world knows them?

  • sweet4you Aug 11, 2010

    No future in a married man Fantasia!