Fantasia on GMA: “I take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’,” never mentions child

07 December 2008 - Los Angeles, California - Fantasia Barrino. 11th Annual Trevor Project's Cracked XMas Benefit held at the Wiltern Theatre. Photo Credit: T Conrad/AdMedia Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Some people were mad at me yesterday for calling Fantasia Barrino a selfish bitch. In my defense, it’s just my opinion, and I still stand by it. I’ll go even further – I don’t think Fantasia’s suicide attempt was a genuine cry of pain, or evidence of her desire to die. I think Fantasia downed a bottle of pills because she wanted sympathy and attention, and she made sure she contacted her manager when she overdosed, just so he could rescue her – he was downstairs in her home when she overdosed. So much of Fantasia’s suicide attempt makes me think that this whole thing was a public relations ploy: she has a child who depends on her and that she’s conveniently using as “inspiration” to change her life – when the kid didn’t seem to enter into her head before; the attempt came as Fantasia got called out publicly for being a home wrecker; and every public statement made by Fantasia or her manager is all about Fantasia’s career and Fantasia-as-victim. I don’t buy it. I think she’s a narcissistic, self-centered drama queen who is using the idea of “suicide” as a PR ploy to promote herself, her reality show and her music career. But maybe I’m wrong – maybe Fantasia was in genuine pain, and I just don’t get it because I’m a raging bitch. I accept that view as well.

Celebitchy wanted me to add this to this story: “It’s hard to judge this situation looking in because we’re not in Fantasia’s shoes and we don’t know or understand what kind of depression she was going through. As selfish as it seems to us for a woman with a child to attempt suicide, and as much of an attention ploy that it seems when taken with all her other actions, we just don’t know what her thoughts or feelings are. Suicide is a delicate issue and as much as I wish Fantasia would have handled everything differently after her suicide attempt, I do feel for her and hope she’s ok.”

Anyway, Fantasia did an interview on Good Morning America today, and if you didn’t know by now, everything is all about Fantasia, all of the time:

Some quotes from the interview:

“I was just overloaded, for six years I’ve been carrying so much… I always take a lickin’ and keep on tickin.’”

“Carrying six years of so much, I always take a licking and keep on ticking. Everyone thinks I’m so strong, it became so heavy for me. I wanted to be away from the noise. I just began to get tired of taking so many licks. The foreclosure, so many things I had to deal with, people just see the glitz and the glamour.”

On her life coach: “He’s been teaching me things. At first I wasn’t ready to come back. There’s hurt, there’s pain, there’s trust issues, there’s being lonely—all these things people don’t get to see. I think I’m gonna show both.”

“I was in the hospital and they gave me a different name. Nobody asked me anything about the press, they talked to me about my nails and hair. A nurse, Melanie, she would come in and make me walk around. She brought me Sister 2 Sister magazine, and I was in there. She told me ‘You gotta get outta here and you gotta go back to work.’ And for me there are people that love me and want to see me go back to work. There’s no perfect person. They didn’t treat me like Fantasia, they treated me like Tasia.”

[Transcribed from GMA interview]

Eh…sure. Whatever. If she’s doing better, good for her, if she feels stronger, good for her. I’m pretty much over it.

You know who isn’t over it? Fantasia’s married lover’s wife, Paula Cook. And guess who just got invited on Oprah? Yep, Oprah is not Team Tasia. Oprah invited Paula Cook on to talk about homewreckers and such. Paula has not confirmed, but I hope she does. It would be a good episode!

Update by Celebitchy After watching this video, I just realized that Fantasia did not mention her nine year old daughter, Zion, ONCE in this interview. You would think that her daughter would come to mind and serve as inspiration for getting better, but the story Fantasia told was about her fans, not her family. Read the quote that Kaiser transcribed, “And for me there are people that love me and want to see me go back to work.” Again, nothing about her daughter.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Singer  Fantasia arrives at the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Fantasia Barrino arrives at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in this February 8, 2009 file photo. American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino overdosed on aspirin and sleeping pills after finding herself in the middle of an ugly divorce involving a married man, celebrity website TMZ reported on August 10, 2010.   REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE HEADSHOT)

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  1. maya says:

    she looks awful on GMA.

  2. Chelly says:


    I agree w u 100%.

    She knew what she was doing from the moment she picked up that bottle.

    Selfish bitch indeed.

  3. Delta Juliet says:

    I don’t care for her. Is she really as popular as she makes herself sound? Because she’s barely a blip on my celebrity radar.
    Girl get over yourself. A lot of us have years of “carrying so much”.

  4. jen says:

    I think calling her a selfish bitch is being kind. She’s a complete A-hole.

  5. Jackson says:

    She just strikes me as very messed up in many ways. I feel sorry for her child. Hopefully someone else is caring for her and provides a stable, positive role model for her. And, IDK about taking the pills. I don’t know that she’s smart enough, savvy enough, to do it as a sham. But, most people have something stronger than aspirin in the medicine cabinet if they are so inclined. IDK. Maybe just one of those blind fits of craziness and she swallowed the nearest thing she could grab and immediately regretted it.

  6. mel says:

    @Kaiser, her new album is being released today so I agree with you that it may be a way to pump up her album sales, who knows. Sad that she would try to take her life over a man that doesnt have much to offer her and leave her daughter behind. I really dont get it if she wanted to really overdose she didnt take enough to do the job and I think it’s wayyyy to soon to be giving interviews as well. That’s just my opinion.

  7. Jackson says:

    @Juliet – IKR? The only reason people were talking about her at all is because of this affair she had, and now this drama.

  8. Green Is Good says:

    Her concern for her child’s well-being is overwhelming. *sarcasm*

  9. RHONYC says:

    i’m sure lots of people wanna call it quits & check out when it gets ‘too heavy’.

    but, not when there’s a child involved stupid!

    you gotta woman the f%ck up an be an amazon for that child, ‘mens o’ no mens’.

    dumbass. :-(

  10. julie says:

    anybody notice the last thing on this girl’s mind is her daughter? I believe a mother has no right to kill herself. I completely agree w/ this article. She’s all about herself. I hope the wife gets every penny of her money. I wdn’t be surprised if the boyfriend set her up. She’s a very stupid, narcissistic girl

  11. Raven says:

    She did it all for her reality show. The day she got out of the hospital she was photograph in a park with Antwaun Cook and her TV crew filming them taking. That does not sound like something a depress person who tried to kill them self’s would do. It rumored that this whole thing is going play out in the next 2 seasons of her reality show. If you just tried to kill yourself the last thing you do after your relists from the hospital is go to a park and meet up with the man that so called lied to you about being married and caused a situation the put you under enough presser to make you wont to end it all and film it for your show, If Fantasia` wants to be with him fine if what to talk to him also find but why did she not do if in privet without her camera crew filming it?

  12. Tess says:

    Who goes on a publicity tour after a suicide attempt? The only people she needs to be talking to are shrinks. Its not like she can’t afford it.

    I pity her daughter. As a young girl I went through the same thing with my mom (she has schizoaffective disorder, and like Fantasia’s daughter, there was no father around). Words cannot express how devastating it is to experience the near death of a mother then the realization that she tried to kill herself. You just feel utterly powerless. I just hope she wasn’t around to witness it.

  13. lucy2 says:

    The idea that she’s out doing interviews right away, while promoting an album and reality show, all makes me believe she did this for publicity, and to gain sympathy after all the negative publicity over the affair. Which is sick, and sad.
    I really feel for her daughter, I hope there’s a family member or someone else raising her, because it doesn’t seem like Fantasia gives two shits about her at all.
    I don’t want to hear her poor me stuff either – she’s gotten a ton of opportunities since winning AI, and has managed to wreck everything she should have been building.

  14. Kate says:

    This story is similar to the LeeAnn Rhimes stuff — C-level celebrities grasping in the Kardashian/Hilton/Speidi mode for any kind of publicity they can muster. Honestly, why does anyone care about Fantasia? She’s an American Idol has-been. Her one steady paying gig — the Broadway show — she acted the complete diva, skipped tons of shows and generally did not fulfill her contract. Now she’s a homewrecker. If she were Lady Gaga or Beyonce or Rihanna or I don’t know, anyone relevant, maybe it would be a bigger deal, but it isn’t. Isn’t there someone more interesting/talented/better looking/ to write/talk about?

  15. Aqua says:

    I agree with you 100% Kaiser, what a selfish person, what about her daughter? I hope she has someone in her life who can provide her with a loving, stable,secure,
    nurturing environment she should NOT be with her mother. How about cleaning up her LIFE by getting RID of these so called friends and family members that are such a burden. She’s an adult and she needs to take control of her own life and accept the fact that she has let this drama in her life continue. She has a chance to start over so I hope she does right by herself and her daughter who should be her ONLY concern.

  16. Sassy says:

    She’s an a$$hole.

  17. irishserra says:

    @Jackson: Unfortunately, garnering pity doesn’t require savvy or smarts. She has enough self-pity (a great sign of selfishness) and will drive a person to do just about anything to get attention, even if it’s tacky.

    Bottom line – if “Tasia” wanted to off herself, she would have done it. This half-ass melodramatic crap is merely a sign of a little girl who needs to get the hell off the stage.

    I also totally hope that her daughter is NOT with Fantasia, but rather with someone who will rightfully put THE DAUGHTER’S needs first, as it should be.

  18. Lala11_7 says:

    I feel as if I’ve been played…and I don’t need nobody PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS…My love affair with Fantasia is!!!

  19. crab says:

    Haha does anyone else notice the “start button” of the video is right on her mouth! Perfect place for it!!

  20. happymom says:

    What exactly has she been a victim of? She has been blessed with a voice, won American Idol, has a recording contract, tours and has more money/success than she could have ever dreamed of and is now able to provide for her child. Everyone goes through emotional difficulties, has difficult relationships-few have the resources to help them cope.

  21. Missy Aggravation says:

    I’m really relieved that the collective sentiment on this site is one of condemnation. Regardless of the motivation, suicide is not “romantic” or “noble”. It destroys lives. It fractures families. It isolates loved ones. With murder, one person is lost – with suicide, the entire family dies. If you or someone you know is suicidally depressed, please get help.

    I am outraged at Fantasia’s continued behavior.

    (I’m shaking. I’m sorry if this post is incoherent, I have A LOT to say on the subject.)

    The fact that this dumb broad is giving an interview so soon after her “release” is a huge disservice to anyone who has ever been or who ever will be suicidally depressed. I’ve sat in enough group therapy to know the difference between “an attempt” and “a cry for help” – and I’ll give you a hint, a genuine attempt usually doesn’t include aspirin. (Or anyone else in the house, for that matter.)

    And CB, while I appreciate your neutrality on the situation, the mere fact that she’s selling her story on national television a week after her “attempt” indicates to me that she was never truly depressed in the first place. Most people who are truly suicidal just aren’t that keen to share so soon. The ones that are generally just want attention.

    She isn’t being candid – she’s trying to sell a damn album. Oh yeah, and gain public sympathy for boning a married man. (I’m reminded of the scene in my beloved Sopranos where Tony tells Carmella that his mistress just overdosed, “You want me to feel bad for a whore that fucks you?!” )

    But the real fucking nut of it – the thing that really makes me livid . . . Zion. I was under the impression her daughter was much younger. . . my sisters were nine when my mother took her own life. They were very aware of the gravity of the situation. They both had terrible self-esteem issues in school.

    Her daughter is going to internalize this “attempt” and it’s going to fester deep in her psyche. This little girl is going to be permanently tainted. Her mother, the one person who is supposed to love you unconditionally, felt that her love life/career/own selfish needs outweighed that of her daughter. Zion is going to grow up fractured and alone. She’s always going to doubt her selfworth because she’s not worth her mother’s consideration. God forbid that stupid cow actually succeeded – Zion would grow up questioning if her own actions drove her mother to the grave.

    Fantasia is sacrificing her daughter’s mental health for a god damn record deal.
    There has to be a special circle in hell for this C*NT.

  22. jc126 says:

    I’m sure she is a selfish, self-centered beast. However, I don’t mind her not mentioning the kid in the interview, because she wasn’t thinking of her when she downed those pills, and it would be hypocritical to cite concern for the kid’s well-being as an inspiration to getting healthy again. She did, in the initial PR statement.

  23. Moore says:

    While I’m not 100% sure I agree with the thought that a parent doesn’t have the right to kill themselves as anyone else does (lot of reasons wont go into them), I also don’t agree with it in this case or cases like this where the parent is not thinking about the child, period. She seems like her child never entered her mind with this stunt and you know what, that might be why. Its not real. She did it to be seen and heard and pitied.

    I feel bad for her child.

  24. TQB says:

    @Missy Aggravation – hell yeah. Outrageous, all of this.

  25. Kim says:

    Stray strong Tasia you survived rape, domestic violence,teenage pregnancy,being sued by your father and being a high school dropout who couldn’t read.You survived this suicide attempt. Use this second chance you were given and your talent to prosper and fulfill your destiny as the nurse told you. As for being selfish of course she was being selfish. Everyone who has attempted or succeded at suicide is selfish.

  26. Jackson says:

    Ahh, I didn’t realize she had a reality show. And, yeah, I completely agree with those of you that said wtf is she doing on TV shows after attempting suicide. Something smells quite fishy.

  27. Taya says:

    @ Missy Aggravation:

    100% agree.

    Someone who tries suicide does not want anyone to know. They are too humiliated and ashamed.

    If Fantasia was serious about ending her life she would not have taken aspirin, called her manager and then go on a press tour. This is so PR and a disgusting act because she has a child. Selfish Bitch!

  28. Missy Aggravation says:

    Moore – I think abandoning a child is one of the worst things a person can do to another person.

    But then again, I’m biased.

  29. murt says:

    I’m not really sure what you’re arguing here – on one hand, you say that she’s selfishly using her daughter for media attention by citing her as inspiration, but on the other hand, you criticize her for not mentioning her daughter….

  30. Lydia says:

    It all seems that this was not a genuine suicide attempt.

    I used to like ‘Tasia so much. I don’t know what happened to her.

    I wonder if Oprah will invite Mashonda as well to speak on this topic. Probably not since she is friends with A. Keys.

  31. nycmom10024 says:

    Missy Aggravation great post. I also have very very strong feelings about suicide. I also believe it is the worse thing a parent can do to their child/children, yes because it does include abandonement.

    I know many will disagree with me, but I have no sympathy for those who attempt/succeed suicide. They change the life of their family and friends for ever. It is imo, the most selfish act someone can commit.

    I apologize to anyone that I may offend with this post. But unless you or yours have been affected by suicide you cannot truly understand what this does to family members.

  32. aenflex says:

    Kaiser – I am with you. Suicide is selfish, especially when they are children/spouses who will be left behind. Especially children. And phony suicide attempts for publicity are atrocious.
    One of my parents commit suicide, and to me it was the single most selfish thing that parent ever did. I’m sorry if that offends anyone but it’s how I feel about my parent.

    CB – the disclaimer was very sensitive and very kind. Wasn’t it your kind soul I was just mentioning the other day?

  33. gg says:

    And she ends the interview with “you look hot” ? I wish people would not sexualize everything so much – get a little class why doncha.

  34. Maritza says:

    Depression is a terrible illness, it affects millions of people, the person feels hopeless and does not think about anyone else but their suffering.

  35. irishserra says:

    @Aenflex: Damn. Thank you for sharing that bit of personal info with us. I never had much of a strong opinion either way until my dearest friend’s fiance committed suicide and that is exactly how I felt about it. Like it was the most selfish act in the universe; especially when I observed the devastating impact it left on so many people, yet he certainly wasn’t suffering any consequences of his actions.

    I can’t even imagine AF, what you must have gone through as a child after such a tragedy.

    People in general should really start thinking before they act. The world would be a better place.

  36. Anon says:


    I agree with you 200%. You’re not a raging bitch at all…And, someone who has legitmately tried to kill themselves, does not go out for paparazzi shots, the very next day with their married lover.

    She did it for sympathy so people would feel sorry for her, instead of feeling sorry for the wife.

    She is a gutter pig.

  37. GatsbyGal says:

    I love you, Kaiser. You really know when to go for the jugular and show no mercy, and I appreciate that. CB is simply much too nice and forgiving. :P

  38. Cakes says:

    I cant say I feel sorry for her. She had an affair wit a married man and now she has to suffer the consequences and repercussions. One day her child is going to want to know why this guy was more important than her.

  39. Truthzbetta says:

    Totally agree with this post.

    Nobody who tries to commit suicide does a press tour like this days later to go with their album release.

    Anybody seen Owen Wilson lately? No, he’s quietly been trying to heal. Suicide attempts are embarrassing and painful when real.

    When they’re real you don’t do press and t.v. DAYS later. When they’re big PR stunts to try to distract from the fact you were nailing a married man with kids and flaunting it to his wife who you cruelly told to try to “learn how to keep a man next time she marries,” you do what this beatch is doing.

    She’s a piece of work, had me fooled too long. Someone else can buy her mediocre albums and never ending sob stories always revealed in time to help her sell music from now on.

  40. GatsbyGal says:

    Hey Kaiser and CB – is there anything y’all can do about the banner ad on the right side of the site? It’s a big Fantasia ad for her new CD.

  41. fugly says:

    fantasia’s behavior does suggest that she prioritizes her relationship with that man above her responsibilities as a mother, and if true, that makes her a selfish piece of crap who’s desperate for attention. she should be ashamed, and in therapy, not on tv doing interviews.

    she is not even worthy of my comments, so no more after this: underbite.

  42. CB Rawks says:

    Totally agree, Kaiser.
    I know life can be agonising, but if you bring a baby into the world you no longer have the right to off yourself. It’s here because of you and it’s helpless without you.

  43. CB Rawks says:

    “Oprah is not Team Tasia.”

    Oprah was once the mistress of a married man. I’m sure she regrets that and would never repeat it, but can she really throw stones?

  44. filthycute says:

    Bitch, please! That baby voice, that hair, the famewhoring via suicide attempt. Like this isn’t all carefully timed to coincide with her shitty album.


    Kaiser, you’re 100% right.

  45. gem says:

    I am in no way condoning fantasia’s suicide attempt.

    But i do understand what she means about the 6 yr thing, her dad sues her for defamation, her family lives off/with her, and she’s not that big of a star 2 be financing adult lives.

    I believe it is sad for her 2 be so inconsiderate, to take her own life when their are so many other healthy alternatives to stress, and unhappiness, i myself like many others have struggled in life and suicide is something that has been contemplated, but quickly remembered that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

    I believe she needs to get a back bone and kick her family out, i think people believe that once someone becomes well off financially (famous or not) they believe that person is their personal bill payer. People need to do better

    @Missy your post was sad, it must have taken a lot of courage and strength to post about your mother, thank you for putting a personal story w/ many known facts and going through and validating your point.

  46. slymm27 says:

    she is so ugly…..

  47. Angel says:

    yeah. figured as much

    @CB I agree w/ what you said, at least, as usual. As for the daughter, perhaps her PR told her not to keep mentioning the child? It’s one of those things. The more YOU bring something up, the more people notice it. And of course the little girl would have been left without a mother had Fantasia succeeded … not a point to keep drilling in when people are so quick to pass judgment. However, you’ll be interested to know she has talked about her daughter outside of live interviews. I believe her original statement included her.