It’s no secret that R&B singer Fantasia Barrino has taken her fair share of jabs when it comes to the media over the past few years, from dating a married man and having a baby by him, her alleged suicide scare, and most recently her “homophobic” comments on Instagram that left her in hot water.
In a recent interview with “Access Hollywood,” the season three “American Idol” winner talked about the release of her fourth studio album, Side Effects of You, which drops April 23, and how she’s finally found peace of mind.
“God put me here for a reason,” she said.
Fantasia, better known as “Fanny,” said that the negative backlash she received had to be one of the hardest things for her to go through.
“When you look on TV or turn on the radio or all the newspapers and the magazines, it was always something negative, and no matter how many things I did that were positive that never came out, so that was the hardest for me at that time. Now I really don’t care anymore,” she said.
Fantasia confessed that she almost lost her life by getting caught up in all of the drama that surrounded her, and she didn’t want to do that anymore.
“I had to just find peace,” she said.
She said that her two children are all that matter to her now, along with the people she can help along the way.
“The people who go through things everyday, normal things, we’re all human. So for me, if I can just help 10 people and five don’t like it, as long as I have those 10, I’m good to go,” she said.
As for the title of her latest album, the crooner said that it not only refers to matters of the heart, but issues with her friends, family and the music business as well.
Fantasia will be returning to the “American Idol” stage after nine years for a performance tonight at 8 p.m. to sing her new song “Lose to Win.” Check out her newest album Side Effects of You, in stores April 23.