When the news of Fantasia’s drug overdose broke yesterday, my immediate reaction was, “What? No. Fantasia, you’re stronger than that.”
Not that I know the girl personally (I wasn’t even watching American Idol during its third season, when she won), but I felt like I’d been exposed to enough of her story that I was justified in reacting with a shock-tinged “You’re stronger than that.”
In truth, I wasn’t.
In truth, Fantasia is a classic example and reminder that you really never know exactly what a person is going through – and what a person is capable of – no matter if that person is a celebrity who’s personal life has been made very public, or if that person is your best friend.
Fortunately, the ending to what police are, as of yet, classifying as a suicide attempt was not a tragic one. Fantasia’s manager Brian Dickens released a statement confirming the singer is in stable condition, and highlighting some of the goings-on that led to her overdose – the media attention she’s received over her relationship with Antwaun Cook, a married man who’s wife, Paula Cook, has filed for divorce, allegedly citing her husband’s affair with Fantasia in her complaint.
According to Dickens, Fantasia read the complaint before her overdose.
As of right now, Fantasia still has a new album, Back to Me, coming out August 24. Let’s hope the singer finds the support she needs to make it through all this newfound media attention – the very thing she was trying to escape in the first place.