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Originally posted 08/14/2010 03:20PM
All Paula Cook wanted was to have a happy life with husband Antwaun and their children – but her husband's alleged affair with Fantasia Barrino ruined all that, according to Paula's attorney.
"She is saddened and disheartened by the end of her marriage," divorce attorney Tamela Wallace tells PEOPLE. "She's embarrassed, and humiliated and distressed by the lack of respect that was shown for her marriage by Ms. Barrino."
Pictures surfaced Friday of the American Idol season 3 winner meeting with Antwaun Cook in a local Charlotte, N.C., park – and being filmed by video cameras presumably for her VH1 reality show, Fantasia for Real.
"It's that kind of brazen behavior that Mrs. Cook has had to endure for the last 11 months, until June of this year," Wallace says. "This is something that has caused her emotional distress, pain, anguish."
Originally posted 08/13/2010 05:30PM
For the first time since the news broke of her alleged affair, Fantasia Barrino and Antwaun Cook, the man whose marriage she has been accused of breaking up, were seen together Friday near her Charlotte, N.C., home.
The two were spotted visiting a local park and appeared to be in deep conversation – all while cameras, presumably for her VH1 reality show, Fantasia for Real, captured the conversation.
The outing comes two days after the American Idol season 3 winner, 26, was released from the hospital after overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid.
Originally posted 08/13/2010 01:00PM
She's "doing remarkably well" after her hospitalization, but now Fantasia Barrino may soon be facing another hurdle.
"[Paula Cook] has threatened via her lawyers to me to sue Fantasia," the singer's lawyer, Gena Morris, tells PEOPLE exclusively about the North Carolina woman who accuses Barrino of breaking up her marriage.
The law, which exists in seven states and allows a party to sue a "home wrecker" for alienation of affection and criminal conversation, is "a comical irony," says Morris, "because they arise out of laws when women were property of men."
Originally posted 08/12/2010 01:50PM
Fantasia Barrino is out of the hospital and "doing much better," her lawyer, Gena Graham Morris, writes in an e-mailed statement.
"She has a good track record of overcoming adversity," Morris says about the singer, 26, who was treated Monday for an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid. "This too will pass."
The hospitalization came a day after the American Idol season 3 winner denied allegations she had broken up a North Carolina man's marriage.
Originally posted 08/12/2010 07:30AM
Two weeks ago, Antwaun Cook lived a low-profile life. A father of two sons, he managed a Charlotte, N.C., T-Mobile store and recently joined a local real estate office as an agent.
But one court document and a bitter separation later, he finds himself immersed in headlines as the man who began dating Fantasia Barrino – while he was still married.
The American Idol season 3 champ, 26, initially denied she had broken up Cook's marriage to his wife Paula but later confirmed she had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with him for 11 months.
Originally posted 08/11/2010 08:45PM
After a harrowing couple of days, Fantasia Barrino is on the mend – and out of the hospital.
The American Idol season 3 champ was hospitalized in Charlotte, N.C., Monday for an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid, but she was released from the hospital late Wednesday, says her manager Brian Dickens.
"She has been lifted up by the outpouring of love and support from her fans," Dickens said. "She is more committed than ever to her daughter and her work because they are her heart, her soul and inspiration."
Originally posted 08/11/2010 02:35PM
Fantasia Barrino was "slowly losing consciousness" after ingesting a bottle of aspirin Monday night, according to a tape of the 911 call.
The unidentified caller, who was not inside the singer's North Carolina home, tells the emergency operator that Barrino is awake but someone had placed the American Idol season 3 champ, 26, in the shower to try "to keep her awake."
The operator instructs the caller to immediately tell the individual to remove Barrino from the shower. When asked if she is breathing, the caller responds, "Yes."
Originally posted 08/10/2010 05:00PM
It's been a rough week for Fantasia Barrino.
The American Idol season 3 champ was hospitalized Monday in Charlotte, N.C., after overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid, her manager Brian Dickens confirmed Tuesday.
"Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time," Dickens said. "Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon."
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident was classified as a suicide attempt. The police report lists Dickens as the reporting person and says Barrino was found with "possible internal injuries."
Originally posted 08/10/2010 03:55PM
Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized Monday in Charlotte, N.C., and treated for a "medication overdose," local TV station WCNC reports.
The American Idol winner, 26, was reportedly rushed to Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville around 8:55 p.m., the same day she denied allegations she had broken up a marriage.
A rep for the singer reportedly confirmed to TMZ.com that she was rushed to the hospital.
Barrino's condition is not life-threatening, sources tell WCNC.com.
Originally posted 08/09/2010 07:45PM
A North Carolina woman's claims that Fantasia Barrino's alleged affair with her husband caused the couple's divorce is not true, says the American Idol winner.
"Fantasia is certain that she is not responsible for the deterioration of [their] marriage," the singer's manager, Brian Dickens, said in a statement Monday.
Court documents filed last week by Paula Cook allege that her husband, Antwaun Cook, and Barrino began a "covert adulterous affair" in August 2009 and that the two made a sex tape.
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