Fantasia Barrino clarifies stance about LGBT community after gay marriage comments
Fantasia Barrino faced some controversy recently after a caption of a photo posted on her Instagram account appeared to imply the singer was critical of gay marriage becoming legal in several states. However, Barrino's spokesperson later released a statement saying that the remarks were taken out of context.
According to E! News, the singer posted a photo of herself holding a dance pose and the caption she wrote for the photo said, "I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERMENT, THE church House ... Everybody Trying!!!!!!!, It's a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! Im not doing Nothing for you ... My Life!!!!"
The 28-year-old singer later deleted the image and its comments from the social media account after a few outlets claimed the singer was against gay marriage. Barrino's spokesperson released a statement on the matter.
"Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context," the spokesperson said, according to E! News. "Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community."
The statement concluded, "Whether it's through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans."
Barrino reportedly addressed the issue herself on her Instagram account but that response also appears to have been deleted. E! News quotes the singer as saying, "It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context ... I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don't judge anyone because I don't want to be judged. The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts."
Barrino recently came out with a new single called "Lose to Win." The song will become available on iTunes on January 8. "Lose to Win" can be heard below.