Fantasia says yes, her overdose was a suicide attempt [Updated]
"At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with — all of it," she says in an interview taped Saturday for a new "Behind the Music" episode, which airs Tuesday, the day her third album hits stores.
"All of it" would include, most recently, a divorce filing by Paula Cook, the wife of boyfriend Antwuan Cook, who accused Fantasia of adultery. (In North Carolina, where the papers were filed, a home-wrecking is illegal — they call it "alienation of affection.")
Manager Brian Dickens, whose statements about the situation have been unusually detailed, says in the episode that Fantasia's emotions were "very low" Aug. 9, the day of the overdose on aspirin and a sleep aid, and that he'd texted the "American Idol" champ a message to "not do anything or think about doing anything stupid." Her response minutes later: "Already did."
"I remember waking up in the hospital," the singer tells VH1, according to People, and thinking, "'It didn't work, I'm still here in this hellhole. Still here with all this drama going on.'" She credits as her saving grace a nurse who told her she hadn't yet fulfilled her destiny.
Fantasia left the hospital after two days and was spotted the day after her release meeting outdoors with Antwuan Cook — as cameras taped the encounter for her VH1 reality show ...
... "Fantasia for Real."
[Updated, 10:50 a.m.: She also rallied in time to perform her new single, "Bittersweet," at a birthday bash for Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas, Sound-Savvy reports; see the video embedded below.]
The singer's "Behind the Music" episode covers more than just the recent dish, according to VH1. Her album is titled "Back to Me."
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— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Fantasia Barrino at a 2009 rehearsal for a BET gospel event in Hollywood. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.
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