Fantasia Barrino of 'American Idol' is pregnant, says 'God has given me this child'
Fantasia Barrino, the only single mother to win "American Idol," is expecting her second child.
The 27-year-old R& singer announced the news during a charity concert in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday. She did not reveal the name of her baby's father.
"I share this with you because I can relate to you," she said. "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. So, this child that I carry - God has given me this child. And I don't have to hide it from none of y'all."
Barrino was last linked to a man named Antwaun Cook. His ex-wife, Paula Cook, claimed in court last year that Barrino had had an affair with her husband in August 2009 and that it had spurred the couple's divorce. Barrino acknowledged the relationship but said that the man had told her he was separated at the time.
She also said that the scandal helped spur her to attempt suicide in August 2010. Barrino was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on sleep medication and aspirin.
"I think I was just overloaded with everything, with carrying six years of so much," Barrino said on ABC program "Good Morning America" at the time. "I always take a licking and keep on ticking. It just became heavy for me to the point that I just wanted to be away from the noise. The first little piece of drama that they can find, it blew up so much and I just began to get tired of taking so many licks."
Barrino was a 19-year-old impoverished single mother of a 2-year-old child when she auditioned for the third season of "American Idol," which aired in 2004. Her daughter, Zion, turns 10 on August 8.
Barrino, a North Carolina native, always wanted to become a singer and sang in her church's choir as a child. She dropped out of school when she was in the ninth grade and revealed in her 2005 memoir, "Life Is Not A Fairy Tale," that she still could not read well as an adult.
She wowed judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson on "American Idol" consistently with her performances. But Barrino was criticized by viewers who felt her upbringing, education and status as a single mother made her a bad role model.
Since appearing on "American Idol," Fantasia has released three albums and won a Grammy in February for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her single, "Bittersweet," although she opted not to attend the Grammy Awards ceremony. She performed at the 2011 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans earlier this month. (see photo, above)
Barrino also began an acting career after her "American Idol" victory. She appeared in the musical "The Color Purple" on Broadway and played herself in a 2006 Lifetime television movie that is based on her memoir. In 2010, she appeared in a VH1 reality show, "Fantasia For Real."
Barrino is also set to film a movie - she is reportedly going to portray late gospel singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson in an upcoming biopic.