The American singer Fantasia Barrino met fame after she sang her way to winning the 2004 reality competition – American Idol. Following her spectacular performance in the competition and the laudable feats she has achieved in the music industry, Fantasia has been described by fans as a vocal powerhouse.
After her well-deserved victory, the versatile vocal superpower released her first single I Believe which went ahead to claim the Billboard Hot 100 top spot. In 2004, she dropped her first album, Free Yourself, which was later certified Platinum by the RIAA. From then on, it was a journey of no going back for the singer whose music covers multiple genres including hip-hop soul, pop, R&B, soul and gospel music.
Despite her successful career, Fantasia’s personal life has not been one devoid of struggles. Here is a view of her personal life and all the troubles she has faced.
Facts About the Struggles of Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Monique Barrino started her life as normal as any kid. She was born on the 30th of June 1984 to a father (named Joseph) who sang in gospel quartets during his teenage years, and a mother (named Diane Barrino) who co-pastored Mercy Outreach. As her life progressed, it became clear that it was nothing like that of a normal kid. Here are the facts about her difficult life:
1. She got raped when she was in high school
The singer gave education a shot by attending Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina. Unfortunately, the rising star became a victim of rape and scared of the embarrassment that might come with it, she had to drop out of school.
Many years later, she described herself as a functionally illiterate who couldn’t even read the details of her contracts.
2. Fantasia became a mother in her teens
Fantasia Barrino was only 16 when she found out she was pregnant for her then-boyfriend – Brandel Shouse. Consequent to this, she became a mother at the age of 17 when she gave birth to her daughter, Zion Quari Barrino.
3. Controversial memoir
By 2004 after Fantasia won the American Idol, her career got started in a good light. The victory which was at the age of 19, made her the youngest to ever win the contest (at the time). She followed up by releasing the albums; Free Yourself as previously mentioned, and then Fantasia and Back to Me all of which were successful.
As she continued riding on the wave of her success, the singer published her memoir titled ‘Life Is Not a Fairy Tale’ in September 2005. It became a New York Times bestseller but that did not shield it from controversies as her father soon sued her for defamation of character insisting that he was portrayed in a bad light in the book.
The book claimed that Joseph asked his daughter for money when she came visiting and that he put music over the education of his children among other things.
4. She attempted suicide
Fantasia Barrino continued to be successful in her career with her debut album earning her three Grammy nominations before she would go on in 2011 to win her first Grammy. Unfortunately, her woes continued as in 2010, she made a suicide attempt through an overdose of aspirin and an unidentified sleeping aid.
5. Fantasia Barrino lost everything twice
According to the singer, she lost everything she had twice in her life that at a point, she had to start cooking for herself. She revealed that Tyler Perry was the person who helped her back to her feet.
6. Her controversial statement on women being submissive
The next time she would find herself in the eye of the storm was in 2019 when she stated in an interview that women are supposed to submit to their husbands. Failure of doing this, according to her, is the reason why many women continue to remain single. She went on to describe women trying to lead men at home as “generational curse.”
Fantasia Barrino’s Relationship Life – Her Past Dates and Husband
The American born singer is married; she walked down the aisle in 2015 with Kendall Taylor, an American businessman. Records have it that the couple met in 2013 and got officially engaged in 2014 before taking things farther a year later on the 19th of July 2015.
Fantasia has revealed that her husband inspires her music. The couple seems blissfully in love, even tying the knot all over again just after their one-year wedding anniversary.
The musician was previously in a relationship with Brandel Shouse, who was her first love. The two were together from 1998 to 2003 and although they did not marry in the end, they still have a daughter, Zion to show for it. She was born on the 8th of August, 2001.
The next man in her life was Michael Clayton an American footballer whom she was said to have dated from 2004 to 2005. Next, she had a brief fling with American rapper Young Dro in 2007. The relationship did not last for more than a year.
Her controversial books opened again in 2009 when she started her relationship with Antwaun Cook in 2009. She had a child for him in 2011, Dallas Xavier Barrino, before their relationship hit the rocks. She was accused by Cook’s estranged wife of dating him while he was still a married man in August 2010. Nevertheless, she claimed that her relationship with Cook started after his separation from his wife.