Fantasia preaches her story to teens


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    Fantasia is expanding her range and trying something new by singing with Andrea Boccelli to show that she can rise to any occasion.

    The Side Effects of You diva dropped by “Today” to fill Kathee Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotbe in on what she’ll be up to durig her visit to New York. One of those things is a very demanding gig singing alongside Andrea, a classical singer, who wanted her to sing a song with him in Italian for an upcoming show.

    That is something totally new for Fantasia, but she didn’t shy away from the experience. “It was a challenge for me, but I ike challenges. like to do things that people say that I probably can’t do,” she said.

    One of the things that people said she probably couldn’t do was win “American Idol.” Ten years after seemingly impossible victory, Fantasia can’t believe her “Idol” days were so long ago. However, she credits that to all the commotion (both good and bad) that’s gone on in her life since there.

    “It doesn’t feel that long I guess because it’s been a lot [going on],” Fantasia told Kathie and Hoda. “I wouldn’t change a thing, though. It’s a part of my testimony and it made me the woman that I am today. I’m in a great place now. You couldn’t give me a million dollars to take away what I feel right now. It’s peace!”

    Having endured a rough few years–including public financial trouble, an affair, her attempted suicide and an abortion–Fantasia wants her fans to know that they can make a comeback from any setback. And she never misses an opportunity to speak with teens about how to correct yourself after making bad decisions.

    “We did something in Radio Shack, and I was speaking to a lot of the young people that [came] through the line. I always end up preaching to them,” Fantasia shared. “I know my story and I know how easily you can go down the wrong path of trying to fit or just trying to do things that you know you’re not supposed to do.”
    She added, “I always share my story just to say, ‘You know, we fall down, but we get back up.'”

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