Fantasia is back with a new look and a new attitude! The 2004 American Idol winner sat down for a very candid interview with Power 99′s very own, Cappuccino out in Philadelphia.
In the interview, the 28 year-old mother of two talks about changing her lifestyle by working out more and taking care of her health, her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Antwuan Cook and why she was pissed off about JET magazine’s latest cover, featuring an old photograph of Barrino. Lastly, she addresses all the media circulating about her being illiterate and unable to read.
ON BEING SEEN AS ILLITERATE:
I think they took that and made me plain dumb. And when I speak about my schooling, I was trying to reach out to all those young people who are going through some of the same situations that I went through. I don’t even think, at the time I was so young, it wasn’t my priority. School, I just didn’t enjoy it. Singing was always on my mind. [...] I wasn’t saying I couldn’t read. But I am, I hate to read. But that has changed for me now, because one thing I do read is my contracts. Because I will not let anybody to mess me up. That’s where I messed. So I’mma read those contracts and I’mma read those checks when they come in.
ABOUT BEING UPSET OVER JET’S COVER:
For me it wasn’t for anybody but me. I worked so hard to get to where I am now. And I don’t want to take it back, I want to move forward. If I don’t stand for something, I’ll fall for anything. And I think that they were used to that Fantasia that never said anything and that’s why stuff got haywire when there was so much said about me. It’s was almost like using me as the clown act. I’m not that girl anymore. So I just wanted them to know, don’t take it back 10 years, when worked so hard and did a shoot for 10 hours, to show the new look with the new music, that’s all.
Fantasia’s forthcoming studio album Side Effects of You has a new release date of April 23rd. Produced by Harmony Samuels, her fourth compilation will include features by the likes of Kelly Rowland, Big Krit, Tank and Missy Elliott.