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Fantasia Barrino was a 19-year-old impoverished single mother when she auditioned for the third season of 'American Idol,' which she won. It was 2004 and her daughter, Zion, was 2 at the time.
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.
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.
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.' On Dec. 13, 2011, she gave birth to her second child, a baby boy named Dallas Zavier. Barrino has not revealed the identity of his father.
(Pictured: Fantasia performs as a guest singer on 'American Idol' airing Thursday, March 31, 2011.)
(AP Photo / FOX / Michael Becker)