“American Idol” Winner Fantasia hospitalized after suicide attempt

American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has been hospitalized after attempting to commit suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills and aspirin.

The overdose came after the 26-year-old was named in a divorce petition following an 11-month relationship with a married man and the US police are treating the incident as an “attempted suicide”.

The multiple Grammy winner was found slumped in her closet at home in North Carolina but is stable now, reported TMZ.

“She was overwhelmed with the lawsuit and the media attention. Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon,” said her spokesperson.

Paula Cook alleged that Fantasia’s relationship with her husband Antwaun ended her marriage, claiming she had intimate video footage of the two together.

Fantasia had denied parts of Cook’s allegations, saying she was not responsible for ending the marriage.

After photos emerged of her with Cook, her spokesman Brian Dickens said Fantasia was “heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused”.

“Fantasia believed Mr Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his heart was not in it. She believed him when he told her he and Mrs Cook separated in the late summer of 2009. She believed Mr Cook when he told her he lived elsewhere,” her spokesperson had clarified.

Fantasia was the winner of the third season of American Idol, in which Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson came seventh.

Fantasia was a single mother when she found fame on Idol, having given birth to her daughter Zion when she was just 16.

Her upbringing in North Carolina was tough; she dropped out of school as a teen after being raped by a classmate, leaving her “functionally illiterate”.


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