Fantasia Barrino has landed a movie role that’s required her to pack on the pounds.
RadarOnline.com reports that the singer has signed on to play gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in an upcoming film. The recent casting would explain her thicker waistline, which had some speculating that she was carrying a love child.
"Fantasia is 100 [percent] not pregnant. The only thing she’s pregnant with is prosperity," Fannie’s manager Brian Dickens said. "In fact, she’s just signed on to play the lead in Mahalia and has been told to gain 30 to 45 pounds for the role."
MediaTakeOut.com recently reported that she’s pregnant and that her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Antwaun Cook, was the father. The website even released a picture of Fantasia in a form-fitting catsuit that put her belly on full display, prompting reports that her weight gain was actually a baby bump.
Late last year, Fantasia admitted that Antwaun had gotten her pregnant while in the process of separating from his estranged wife. The singer revealed during that she had gotten an abortion shortly before her failed suicide attempt over the summer.
— Sonya Eskridge