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