Fantasia Barrino Hospitalized After Drug Overdose; "Heartbroken" Over Affair Allegations
Fantasia Barrino has been hospitalized after a drug overdose that police reportedly have classified as a suicide attempt.
The 26-year-old American Idol winner was dehydrated and exhausted Monday night when she took aspirin and a sleep aid, said manager Brian Dickens.
Her overdose was classified a suicide attempt by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and she was found by police with "possible internal injuries," according to People. Authorities could not be reached after hours.
She was in stable condition late Tuesday and is expected to be released soon from a Charlotte, N.C., area hospital, Dickens said.
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Barrino's hospitalization follows allegations from a Mecklenburg County woman, Paula Cook, that the singer engaged in a "covert adulterous affair" with her husband, Antwaun Cook, and that Barrino was to blame for their separation in June.
Barrino denied that she was responsible for the marriage ending in a statement released Monday. However, in a new statement following her hospitalization, Dickens said Barrino dated Cook on and off for about 11 months after he told her that he and his wife had separated late last summer.
"Fantasia believed Mr. Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his was his heart was not in it," Dickens said, noting that Fantasia fell in love with Mr. Cook and she believed that he loved her.
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"Fantasia read Mrs. Cook's complaint against Mr. Cook for the first time yesterday," Dickens said. "She knows some of the allegations in Mrs. Cook's complaint are totally false. There are others she strongly doubts. There is plenty she does not know."
Dickens said Barrino was "heartbroken" and "overwhelmed" by the lawsuit and the subsequent media attention yesterday before her overdose.
"Fantasia is a fighter and a survivor. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured," he said. "Fantasia will be stronger, smarter and better for it. Her work has always inspired her and served as a source of strength."
Barrino, who competed on Idol's third season, was best known for her impressive vocal range, her gospel-influenced sound and her stage presence. A 19-year-old single mother, she was the youngest in the show's history until Jordin Sparks won in 2007.
"We support Fantasia 100 percent and look forward to working with her again soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with her at this difficult time," VH1, the network behind Barrino's reality series, Fantasia for Real, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. VH1 reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Barrino recently reprised her starring role in the Los Angeles production of Broadway's The Color Purple. Her new album, Back to Me, comes out Aug. 24, and Season 2 of Fantasia for Real premieres Sept. 19.