The situation came to a head in the spring of 2010. During the divorce trial of her then-boyfriend, Antwaun Cook, she was dealing with allegations and accusations of home-wrecking, pregnancy and sex tapes. The whole humiliating ordeal went public and scrutiny from fans and naysayers was everywhere.
It culminated on Aug. 9, 2010, when Fantasia attempted suicide by downing a bottle of aspirin. “I was a broken woman,” she told Billboard magazine.
Picking up the pieces and fueled with determination, Fantasia started posting daily affirmations on her mirror with saying like: “You are strong,” “You are wise.”
The North Carolina born Southern belle also revealed that health problems in her family also motivated her to get into shape as an example for them.
“A lot of my cousins who are my age or are in their 30′s are on high blood pressure pills and it’s like, c’mon, you’re too young for that. I wanted to be the person in my family to stand up and say, ‘Okay we have to eat better and workout.’ I want to be around for a long time. I can’t travel like I do and not be healthy. You know how I move on stage. At any minute I could just pass out and that’s not good.”
A Chance for Fantasia to Win Back Her Confidence
Dropping the weight helped the singer gain more confidence and showed her that a healthy lifestyle will keep her on the path of some of her idols.
“I want to be in the game for a very long time. Like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin… for me, this is my temple. I have to protect it. I want it to look good, but I also want to be healthy at the same time,” said Fantasia.
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