11:03 AM EDT 04/24/2013
Originally posted 04/22/2013 03:45PM
Looking healthy and strong, Fantasia Barrino was welcomed back to American Idol last week, singing her new song "Lose to Win," and earning approval from the show's stars and fans for taking charge of her personal life and career.
"Everyone was saying how happy they were to see me at this place," she told PEOPLE. "I think my happiness and peace is now finally showing and so they were all like 'just stay right here.' "
Since she shot to fame to win season 3 of the show in 2004, the dynamic vocalist has chased ups and downs as she paired fame with motherhood and struggled to handle her new world in the spotlight.
Originally posted 04/18/2013 09:30PM
Now it gets interesting.
Week after week, we've watched American Idol's male finalists leave the competition. It hardly mattered in which order the guys went home – an all-female final five was basically preordained from the beginning. But after Lazaro Arbos left last week, all bets were off for Thursday's elimination night.
It says something about the quality of this season's finalists that any of them could win the competition – and they will all probably find some niche in the music industry after the show.
Originally posted 05/24/2012 10:30AM
Wednesday's two-hour American Idol finale culminated in an big win for Phillip Phillips, but that emotional moment was just one of the best of the night. Former contestants Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young got engaged on live TV – which scored high on the emotional richter scale. Besides those two, here are the top 11 moments from Idol's season 11 finale:
Phillip Phillips sings with John Fogerty: The still-unofficial winner and Creedence Clearwater Revival's front man started the show with a pitch-perfect performance of classics "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising."
Joshua Sings with Fantasia Barrino: A favorite of the judges, the third-place finisher performed a growling rendition of Elton John's "Take Me to the Pilot" with "the biggest inspiration in my life," season 2 winner Fantasia Barrino.
Top 12 women perform with Chaka Khan: They may have gone home early but Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, Elise Testone and Shannon Magrane got to sing "I'm Every Woman" with the legend. Not too shabby!
Originally posted 12/13/2011 07:15PM
Fantasia Barrino has a new little backup singer.
The American Idol season 3 winner gave birth to a baby boy, Dallas Xavier Barrino, her rep tells PEOPLE. Baby Dallas made his debut on Tuesday in North Carolina at 7 lbs., 9 oz. and 21 inches long. He joins big sister Zion, 10.
"I feel so blessed that my son Dallas Xavier was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family," Barrino, 27, tells PEOPLE. "I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support."
Originally posted 10/12/2011 02:20PM
Fantasia Barrino has revealed the sex of her baby – and that she's due Dec. 29.
"I'm having a boy. I'm at home, I'm on bed rest right now," she said Tuesday in a phone interview on The Wendy Williams Show.
Barrino – already mother to a daughter Zion, 9 – still has not spoken about the baby's father, but the singer has most recently been romantically linked to Antwaun Cook. Their relationship made headlines last summer after his divorce from Paula Cook was linked to his affair with Barrino, 27.
Originally posted 08/01/2011 10:15AM
She's battled depression and a rocky love life, but Fantasia Barrino has reason to rejoice – she's expecting a child.
The former American Idol winner, 27, made the big announcement during a charity concert Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla.
"You are the first [people] that I share this news with," she told the audience gathered at the opening of the Riverview Apartments complex. (Watch her full announcement below.)
"And I share this with you because I can relate to you. And for a while, I walked around figuring out what they will say and what will they think about me. But now I tell you, I don't live my life for folk."
Originally posted 08/28/2010 07:30PM
After attempting suicide, Fantasia Barrino is ready to get on with her life. And her first stop on the comeback tour – an impromptu concert in Las Vegas.
With Demi Moore and Soleil Moon Frye on hand, Barrino took to the stage Friday night at Palm's Casino Resort's Rain Nightclub to belt out four songs and briefly detail her recent dark days.
"They thought I was finished, they thought I was done," she told the crowd. "I would never ever stop, I don't care what no one says."
Originally posted 08/24/2010 03:30PM
The fallout over Fantasia Barrino's relationship with Antwaun Cook wasn't the only reason the singer felt driven to suicide recently. In fact, her depression dates back to her stint on American Idol in 2004, the singer now says.
"When I was on Idol … they weren't really looking at my gift," Barrino, 26, who was named season 3 champ, told Gayle King on her radio show Tuesday.
"[Producers] were focusing on all the bad things I had done before I made it there," she said. "I have feelings, you know. I'm human."
Originally posted 08/23/2010 08:50AM
Two weeks after being hospitalized for overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid, singer Fantasia Barrino says she knew exactly what she was doing. She wanted to die.
"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."
Originally posted 08/18/2010 01:50PM
Don't blame Fantasia Barrino!
That is the message from Antwaun Cook, who allegedly had an affair with the singer and is now splitting from his wife Paula Cook.
"Antwaun would be remiss not to address the criticism and judgment he has received," Cook's lawyer, Nicole Sodoma, said Wednesday in a statement. "He knew Fantasia Barrino but the failure of his marriage can in no way be blamed on anyone except the two people that were a part of the union – Paula and Antwaun."
The American Idol season 3 winner, 26, acknowledged she dated Cook "off and on for about 11 months" but said she believed he had separated from his wife.
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