Fantasia Barrino is “not responsible for the deterioration of a marriage”


I know most people didn’t read my article yesterday about Fantasia Barrino’s homewrecker drama, but honestly, I’m finding all of it very interesting. Fantasia’s situation is making Alicia Keys look discreet, and Alicia got publicly called out for being Swizz’s jump-off months into their relationship. So, to recap Fantasia’s situation: She’s been boning a married man named Antwaun Cook for the part two years, allegedly. Antwaun’s wife Paula just filed for divorce, and named Fantasia as the other woman. Paula also alleges that Antwaun and Fantasia made sex tapes, and that Fantasia called Paula to tell her to back off – back off of Paula’s husband!

This new chapter: Fantasia’s manager went to TMZ to cry foul. He claims that Fantasia is “not responsible” for the breakup of the Cook’s marriage, and that “Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life in which she has repeatedly overcome obstacles and challenges. Fantasia’s faith in God, herself and family remain as strong as ever.” Oh, noes. You know it’s bad when a homewrecker starts talking about God right away. You know she was nailing that dude every chance she got.

Fantasia Barrino says she is “not responsible” for breaking up a marriage … despite allegations from a North Carolina woman named Paula Cook who claims Fantasia made sex tapes with her husband.

Fantasia’s manager, Brian Dickens, just released a statement saying the former “American Idol” champ is “certain that she is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cook’s marriage.”

The statement goes on to say, “Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life in which she has repeatedly overcome obstacles and challenges. Fantasia’s faith in God, herself and family remain as strong as ever.”

As we previously reported, Paula Cook just filed for divorce from her husband Antwaun. In the court docs, Paula accused the guy of having a “covert adulterous affair” with Barrino … and believes they “recorded their illicit activity.”

UPDATE: Fantasia’s lawyer, Gena Morris, is officially on the attack — telling TMZ, “Mrs. Cook gratuitously included claims about Fantasia to sensationalize that litigation and to insure that her tale would be picked up by tabloids.”

Morris added, “The fact that she would seek such publicity in a case involving her children is particularly disgraceful.”

[From TMZ]

Eh, okay, I’ll play devil’s advocate, because that’s the way I roll: let’s say that Paula’s accusations are 100% true, or pretty close to the truth. Fantasia and her people are making a really, really horrible mistake making this about “disgraceful” this and “sensationalize” that. Because if it’s true, do you think Paula is just going to sit there and take it? No, she’s going to the press again, and this time it will be an even bigger mess. Now, let’s take it from the other side: let’s say that Paula Cook is exaggerating or flat-out lying (which I don’t think she is, honestly, but let’s go with it). Now, if you were just sitting there, minding your own business and some crazed wife came over and started accusing you of this stuff, would your response be like Fantasia’s? Mine wouldn’t. I wouldn’t mess around with the God talk (that makes you look guilty), and I wouldn’t try to “shame” a woman by saying “Not in front of your children!” I would just say, “Bitch, you crazy.” And walk away. That’s it.

One more thing: the lawyer’s wording is interesting, right? “She is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cook’s marriage.” She’s responsible for the end of the marriage, but not everything that led up to the end? Hm?

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Singer Fantasia poses backstage during the Vh1 Upfront 2010 at Pier 59 Studios on April 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

38855, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Monday March 22 2010. Soul singer Fantasia Barrino exits sushi restaurant Katsuya after enjoying lunch with a friend. Fantasia, who won American Idol in 2004, has a new album due out in April 2010. Photographer: Adrian Varnedoe,

Header: Fantasia on March 9, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. SoulLovah says:

    The thing is, Fantasia hasn’t given off/forced upon the public this good-girl, superwoman, can-do-no-wrong image like A. Keys has. That’s why I don’t think anyone has cared about this til now. That, and neither she nor this man are that famous.

    She seems really immature still. On her VH1 show I was ashamed for her, not knowing how to take charge of her own finances, career, and relationships within her family. Now this.

  2. souths_sweetest says:

    LOL I was thinking the EXACT same thing “deterioration of a marriage” IE it was broken before she started banging Cook. WELL apparently the wife didn’t think it was all *THAT* broken if she just filed for divorce, and Fantasia has been banging him for TWO YEARS!

    Ugh. I like Fantasia. She has an amazing voice…but this crap makes it hard to respect her…and same goes to Mrs. Swizz Beats!

    PS. I find the “COOK” tattoo exceptionally hard to respect. That is a married man! Wake up!

  3. Patrice says:

    I hope she’s not looking for money. I thought she was broke. Didn’t her house in Charlotte get foreclosed on or something. That’s sad. But, honestly, the alienation of affection law makes me smile. I think it’s hilarious. You’ve gotta be careful in certain states, where this law applies. Stay away from married people. There are too many men out there to make sex tapes with.

  4. Diedre says:

    okay say it with me now,

    Bish, you homewrecking ho bag,

    If he cheats WITH you he will cheat ON you! You are not that special.

    That is all.

  5. Bite me says:

    Close ur legs to married men

  6. LindaR says:

    For the record, I have never and will never condone being the mistress of a married man. However, the mistress is not the homewrecker. She is just a cheap slut with no respect for other women. The homewrecker is the husband who cheats rather than work on the marriage or tell the wife it’s not working and then getting out of the relationship before starting another one. There is no excuse for cheating. It’s the worst kind of betrayal in a relationship.

  7. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    I know she is guilty of deterioration of music.

  8. Marjalane says:

    Saw Fantasia in the Kansas City airport this summer and while none of us are at our best while traveling, she looked like a beat down hooker that hadn’t bathed in a while. Her kid was cute though.

  9. aenflex says:

    Diedre and LindaR took the words right out of my mouth but even better!

  10. snowball says:

    Of course she’s going to go all religious and righteous. She’s got an album out and she can’t just say she porked a married guy and told his wife to keep her mitts off of her own husband.

    Fantasia is just trashy – hate to use that word anymore, but she just screams it.

  11. Kim says:

    fluffy – i could not agree more. you had me laughing out loud. thanks;)

  12. LindyLou says:

    Mantasia is a hypocrite. Sprouting on about her faith in God while banging someone else’s husband.

  13. Twez says:

    >>”Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life…”<<

    Yeah, right. I’ve seen her reality show. She wouldn’t know dignity or grace if it landed on her like bird crap.

  14. Bored@Work says:

    Fantasia is a homewrecker, and that dude she cheated with is just as dirty. How hard up must you be to leave your wife and kids for a dirty looking trick like Fantasia. Who is not only functionally illiterate but who is also nasty looking. She can sing yes, but when she performs she tramps around barefoot on the stage like a dog in heat..ughh

    That “Cook” tattoo she got on her confirms everything. If she didn’t know that she did something wrong, she wouldn’t have promptly covered it up when everybody found out about the affair.

    And to have the nerve to call the wife and tell her :

    “He don’t want you. Maybe the next time that you get a husband you’ll know how to keep him. That’s why he is here with me.” Can you imagine having to hear that after what she must have been already going through? If the wife hasn’t sued her yet, she should.

    And for anybody who says that the marriage was already broken, well maybe it was or wasn’t but the disrespect that this girl and that nasty a$$ man has shown her is enough to make you want to strike out and take no prisoners. Scorned woman or not, taking the high road is not always enough in every situation.

    A lot of times women may say that if you strike out and take revenge you will only show the man why he left in the 1st place. So what, he obviously didn’t care about his wife’s feelings to do something like that, and if he can do that, then deal with the consequences. What will it matter what he thinks of you when he is gone and out of your life anyway.

    I’ve gone on long enough, this is just so disrespectful…I can’t……

  15. Kazoo81 says:

    yeah, the lawyer’s wording is very suspect.

    apparently NC does have the homewrecker law. i hope mrs. cook uses it!

    and wait. fantasia has this dude’s name tattooed on her body? OMG. how trashy.

  16. valerie says:

    this is all so disgusting and wat goes around comes around…

  17. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I hadn’t heard the message before, but, she said WHAT!?!?!? Oh, Fantasia, you betta don’t.

    I’m tired of the ‘no outside party can wreck a marriage’ deflection, as if *only* aiding and abetting a married person’s acts of adultery makes one eligible for sainthood. Doesn’t. It’s not as bad, but it sure as salt isn’t good. If you see a house on fire, please don’t use the flames to light a smoke: it’s not helping.

    I guess this is the kind of forethought and impulse control that led her to be a teenaged mother. How much easier would it be for everyone if she had a guy that she bring around wherever she pleases, since he’s not someone else’s? Won’t have to worry about anyone’s spouse finds out, you wouldn’t have to strain your singer’s vocal cords by giving scorned wives the vebal smack around…it would be good. Books are good too, but increasing, people don’t seem to roll like that, so I don’t know.

  18. lucy2 says:

    Ugh, that whole situation is gross, sad there are kids involved. No question that guy is disgusting, he’s the one who took marriage vows and had kids. But Fantasia has zero class. She has talent and was lucky enough to get a lucrative, dream career out of it and make a great life for herself and her family, but is still just making horrible decisions. Her words and actions (tattoo) make it pretty clear that she messed with a married man.

    Plus, anytime I see her, all I picture is that clip the Soup used to show of her Lifetime movie, when she pukes at the dinner table.