Fantasia Barrino Hospitalized After Overdose

According to Fantasia’s rep, the singer was hospitalized last night at a North Carolina hospital after apparently ingesting a non lethal dose of aspirin and an over the counter sleep aid. The rep denied overdose was intentional but did confess that the singer was stressed over allegations recently levied against her by Paula Cook, the wife of her boyfriend Antwaun Cook.

Read the full public statement released by Fantasia’s representative below.

“Fantasia has always been an open book. Honesty, self-respect, and personal responsibility are values she wears proudly.

Fantasia believed Mr. Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his heart was not in it. She believed him when he told her he and Mrs. Cook separated in the late summer of 2009. She believed Mr. Cook when he told her he lived elsewhere.

He even took her there. One of Mr. Cook’s most redeeming qualities was his complete devotion to his children. Fantasia fell in love with Mr. Cook and believed that he loved her.

Fantasia and Mr. Cook dated on and off for about eleven months. The pressure of the constant media attention was hard on their relationship. Fantasia gave inconsistent interviews about the status of her relationship with Mr. Cook because sometimes they were on and sometimes they were off.

When they were on, they spent most of their time together when she was not traveling with work.

Fantasia read Mrs. Cook’s Complaint against Mr. Cook for the first time yesterday. She knows some of the allegations in Mrs. Cook’s complaint are totally false. There are others she strongly doubts. There is plenty she does not know.

Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused. Yesterday, she was totally overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention. Last night, Fantasia was hospitalized. She took an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid.

Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time. Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon. Fantasia is a fighter and a survivor. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured.

Fantasia will be stronger, smarter, and better for it. Her work has always inspired her and served as a source of strength. Her new album, “Back To Me,” will be released on August 24th.

Fantasia sends her praise to God and her eternal gratitude to her fans, friends, and family. God is good.”


  1. WOW! I wasn’t expecting to see this headline at all. I truly hope she was not trying to kill herself especially since she has a young daughter. I understand how she could feel overwhelmed since it feels like she just got over many issues with being sued by her father and other family problems. I hope she pulls through and the rest of this can be worked out in private without the media.

  2. I also hope that while Mrs. Cook is entitled to her feelings and certain actions, I hope she keeps it honest and isn’t saying things just because of a famous name.

  3. I think Fantasia has become a total embarrassment to the American Idol establishment. I bet they wish they could just wipe her away.

    Trying to kill yourself over a married man is ridiculous. That press released gave too much darn information as well. Sometimes the less people know the better.

  4. E Nogo nogo bi I’m Glad She’s alive. Always Blaming The other woman , Never the man who is really Guilty; Even now that the girl is on an hospital Bed, There are still some imbecile with something to say.
    Mr cook Signed papers and married his Wife, Paula Yet when the cookie Crumbled who did she go after? Who is being humiliated? Who is being Called Every Name in the book? Fantasia. You women are sad…


  6. Clearly Fantasia did lay up with a married man and probably said those things to the wife that the wife said she did. She should have known better and this silly suicide stunt just makes her look more foolish than she already did. She needs to clean herself up along with her image and get it together. This whole blame MR COOK thing just isn’t working with me. And what is Fantasia doing trying to kill herself and she has a young daughter?

  7. My heart goes out to Fantasia. As a woman I will not judge her because I know how easily it is to believe the man you love. Everybody plays the fool sometime we’ve all been there. The reports states that she did not take a fatal dose so I am sure she was not trying to kill herself. I know how hard it is to find peace when those sleepless nights of heartbreak is keeping you up. We are so quick to judge. Once again we witness a man dogging out his women and then leaving them left to pick up the pieces. Fantasia was dead wrong for messing around with a married man but I do feel for her heartbreak. She made a mistake (a human one at that) and doesnt desserve to be trashed the way she has been on the Internet. Supposed she had died then what?

  8. You know what I find funny. How we can sit here, and crucify Fantasia, but we give Alicia Keys a pass. I guess it’s ok when you are giving birth to light skinned children right?

  9. Not over a man Fanny that damn sure ain’t worth u risking your life and your health…Get well Ms. Burrino

  10. @Blacksista so does your heart go out to Alicia Keys and swiss beatz beacuse i know Mashonda felt all kinds of heartache with that situation..she is picking more than pieces

  11. Fantasia, please think about your daughter. Never put a man before your child. Your daughter needs you and no matter what goes down between you and Mr. Cook, you will always be mommy to her. D**K ain’t worth this stress honey. Hold your head up high and move forward with your life — without the loser.

  12. Fantasia you deserve way more than this. I think that she has always been the father figure to her WHOLE family, which would make it hard for her to listen to a higher authority.

  13. @$IGNATURE my heart goes out to any woman who has experienced heartbreak. But more important those who arent strong enough to get past the pain/guilt–feel like there is no way out, and result to doing bodily harm to themselves. You feel me? You can past judgement but not everything is in black and white. I am just happy we didnt loose her because that would have been a senseless tragedy.

  14. This is publicity stunt Fantasia has an album coming out this month, she’s trying to play the victim to save her career. She gets NO sympathy from me! That whole situation was so tacky and sleezy, and telling the wife “The next time you get a husband maybe you will learn how to keep him” bytch you’re sleeping with this woman’s husband! Illiterate, low class, tramp..Don’t try and pretend to kill yourself, be a woman and admit you f-up. And yes, Antwuan Cook is equally wrong as well but Fantasia is held to a higher standard because she has a name and a career to protect, she let a sorry azz negro drag her down even further than she already was.

  15. Fantasia is the perfect example of a women with extremely low self esteem that needs a man to validate her as a person. Not once was she thinking about her daughter. This whole situation is messed up.

    And now a sex tape is floating around. What was she thinking.

  16. @ Ciderkiss: I agree.

    I was going to keep quiet on this issue; however, the hypocrisy is astounding, SMH. Just a few months ago, Alicia Keys was in a very similar situation; yet many individuals often stated “don’t judge” or “no one knows the whole story”. However, now that the participants have changed and the celebrity is Fantasia, she is a “low self-esteem”, “homewrecker”, “shady”, etc. It’s interesting that many “blessed” the “union” of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, while simultaneously declaring that Mashonda is “bitter” and needs to “move on”. However, in a SIMILAR situation, the other woman (i.e., Fantasia) is “shady” while the wife is justified and vindicated in her lawsuit against the other woman.

    So my question is….what is the difference?? There are many similarities in Fantasia’s and Alicia’s “situation”:

    1. Both were technically the “other woman”.
    2. Both were in a relationship with men that were legally married.
    3. Both asserted that the husbands were separated from their wives.
    4. No one knows the WHOLE truth in either situation.

    Both Alicia and Fantasia are extremely talented artists/performers. Realistically, their personal life is none of my business. I’m merely questioning the hypocrisy. I will be praying for Fantasia and her recovery.

    Just my 2 cents…

  17. @Empathetic D

    I NEVER gave Alicia Keys a pass, in my opinion she’s just as much of a homewrecker as Fantasia, and trust me Alicia will get what’s coming to her as well. Swizz Beats is a shady, low down MF and nothing good will come out of this union.

  18. @EMPATHETIC D that’s exactly what I’m talikin’ about you are on POINT


  20. Don’t kill yourself diva. Ask for Gods forgiveness and let him direct your life from here on. SOmethimes we move ahead of God, then when we hot a dead end, we want to take drastic measures. Its just easier to follow Him from the beginning. But, when we get out of line, its easy to get back on track track with a simple prayer and praise. Keep your head up. This too will pass.

  21. I feel bad for Fantasia, I’m truly a fan of her music.

    But, some of yall momma’s and granmothers! need to give you the game.

    Rule #1 Never trust nothing comin out a mans mouth! I’m sorry, she should have made sure that he was in the process of a divorce.
    Men will tell you anything if it gives them the upper hand. PERIOD

    It goes back to what I have said before…why not wait? what is the rush…these men technically are still in a union joined by God..if you believe that or not is on you….but, I learned along time ago to walk away from married men or it’s complicated status typed dudes. It’s too many free and available men in the world.

  22. I didn’t ghive Alicia Keys or any other homewrecker a pass. All homewreckers are disgusting no matter if they are famour or not..light skin..or brown or poor. Mr. Cook is disgusting also. Women need to realize married men lie. He’s not happy in his marriage..and you believed him..believed he would be true to you when he wasn’t even true to the woman he exchanged vows with before God. I hope Fantasia learns from this. Her voice is beautiful..and I enjoy her music..her personal life will not stop me from buying the cd

  23. We all know why people go easier on Mrs. Beatz – she’s a half white, red, mainstream media darling. Let’s not be coy.

  24. Wow, this is ridiculous. This fool tried to kill herself and just leave her daughter behind cause SHE decided to layup with a married man??? Really???

    I don’t care how much a married man say he’s unhappy, get a freakin divorce is if you so “unhappy” then you can mess around with whoever. I don’t understand why some women put themselves in a position to even be bothered with someone like that.

    To me this is no diff. then Akeys I mean at least she didn’t try to off herself. A cheat is a cheat and swizz wasn’t divorced yet either so it’s all the same thing. Oh well, it’s not me so the best to all them, I’m sure they don’t have a problem sleeping at night. Well fanny probably does.

  25. We are so cruel to our own. Has anyone ever heard of depression or mental/emotional distress?

    Who cares what she did? And to suggest this is a publicity stunt? Unbelievable, hateful.

    I hope nothing ever pushes you close to the edge because God help all of you judgmental heartless individuals.

  26. We have all made bad decisions and the choice to engage in a relationship with a married man and being sued by the wife subsequently after a lawsuit from her father probably pushed her over the edge (in addition to being the sole financial provider for your entire immediate family). It’s truly sad a young mother made an impulsive decision to attempt to end her life with no regard for her young daughter. I pray she recovers and seek professional guidance. My prayers also go to all of the children involved in this melee and the wife. She had to endure the embarrassment of seeing her husband participate in an outside relationship in public, she was verbally confronted by the mistress who has a visible tatoo of her husband’s name, and she has viewed sextapes between her husband and his mistress. Heartbreaking!!

    Sistas, please recognize that if a man is still actively involved in ANY relationship (married, living together, dating/involved), save yourself the heartache and RUN. Don’t be the shoulder for him to cry on, don’t be the listening ear of compassion, and please don’t be the arms that he can run to or provide the bed for him to lie in. If he’s so miserable, then he should be a MAN and LEAVE the situation. If he’s not prepared to end his relationship before involving someone else in his mess, then he’s obviously not worth your time.

  27. This is really sad. I don’t care what anyone says, the Cooks set Fantasia up. This mess has sooo many pieces missing. Now people are throwing in all types of accusations. Ex. Sextape ( which should have leaked by now), she’s supposedly pregnant, and etc. What person in their right mind would date a national celebrity knowing that he/she is married, then go out in public holding hands for the PAPS to take pics? Of course they will hit the net,magazines, headlines. Then oh behold the spouse will find out about it. Then that can be used as bait to win a dumb law about adultery in North Carolina. Give me a break! Yes Fantasia was wrong for having an affair with him, but let’s not put all the blame on her. This isn’t the first time Cook has cheated anyway, but ALL OF A SUDDEN his wife wants to do something about his behavior. Whatever…Fantasia has been through a lot worse so I know she will pull through. I still got love for her and is still a fan of her music. She just needs to pray and move on. People are going to always talk and try their best to keep a dark cloud over you. She needs to be strong for her daughter as well as herself. I wish she had a decent stable family as a support system…smh

  28. Sepiastar ….cosign….cosign!! I do not know why women want to share!!! You have to believe within yourself you can be better and have better. Fantasia all I have to say is you reap what you’ve sown. Nowadays “Karma” is not taking years to come back around its more so like the next day.

  29. This is 2010 and there is no reason for any woman to be fooled by a married man. They lie and if any woman can’t figure that out she deserves what she get which will be a broken heart and nothing else. It is not worth it. Men have been fooling women for years and most of them are not doing nothing new. They have the same old speech ” my marriage isn’t working, and I don’t love my wife, and she doesn’t treat me right. The same old lies! So I don’t understand why and how they continue to play women for fools. It is no way Fantasia didn’t know this man was married. Once she found out that he was married she should have walked away until he had divorce papers in his hand and none of this would be happening. No man is worth dying for and leaving her child to be raised by someone else. I hope she gets better and walk away from Mr. Cook!

  30. @ Grant @ Myshlel Say that to Alicia Keys. I find it funny how we made excuses for her, and we talked about not judging, but we sit here and act like we know Fantasia’s business.

  31. Sepiastar said it BEST. Cosign all the way.

    It’s sad & unfortunate that Fantasia let this situation bring her to the point of attempting sucide. She has gone thru so many HARD things in life that this should have been a walk in the park. Obviously, it’s not. BUT it’s NOT like she didn’t know what she was getting in to.If what her rep says is true She made the mistake of believing EVERY word he said & NOT going behind & check facts. Nowadays when ppl tell you the famous line ” we’re separated” you can’t take their words @ face value. Even still when news was coming out that dude WAS still married( AND that COOK tatoo), she denied the relationship. No she didn’t necessarily owe it to the world to say yes or no, BUT shouldn’t the lightbulb have gone off in her head that SOMETHING was up( that’s IF she TRULY was clueless about his married status)? That’s where this whole deal just gets seriously messy & some lying is going on. All I can say is I hope she feels better & gets MORE wiser. Because even if she is DEAD wrong… it’s STILL NOT worth losing your life over.

    P.S. whose to say that the wife ISN’T making Mr. Cook pay. She could very well be making HIS life miserable as she is doing Fantasia. I.e getting them BOTH where it hurts.

  32. Ciderkiss …for the record Alicia Keys is not obsolete. Same thing applies my sista…Another woman tears today will very well be her tomorrow. In this world you reap what you sown. No matter how much money you have. It’s inevitable.

  33. It’s sad Fantasia attempted to take her own life. I hope she learns from this and make better choices in general and when it comes to a man next time around.

    Co-sign with Step Star and to add Ladies if a man is seperated or going through a divorce leave him alone and run. He’s showing you how he handles a relationship by dealing with you before he clears up another issue. And more than likely you are not the only one he is seeing and once he is out of his marriage he want be settling down with you. If he is talking bad about his wife to you what do you think he is going to say about you? Do you think a man that has lied to God (through his vows)and his family will be honest with you? Like I have said before and I will say again. Women are going to have to raise their standards and when they do the men will have no other choice than to raise theirs. Women have got to know that they deserve better than to share a man or try to wreck a home.
    However, a male associate of mine once said, “women are the cause of their own problems with cheating men. Who are these men cheating with in most cases? Other Women!” And he’s right they are using the same lies and pick up lines about their wife and marriage. I did some research on this and during that research these women were all tricked by the same lies. And some actually knew the men were married and went off of empty promises.
    Stop being so desperate for a man and love. Stop thinking he will change for you and you are better. Also for the women that are not being lied to stop persuing other women husbands. Also start doing background checks on these men etc. You are only enabling a cheater to not truly change by having an affair with him. Stop using the excuse it’s better to deal with a married man because there are no attachments.

    News flash you can deal with a single man and there does not have to be attachments either if you set the ground rules. What comes around goes around and you are only setting yourself up for failure on the physical and spiritual realm. When you learn to truly respect and love yourself. Then you will understand how to love and respect others.

  34. I don’t even date divorced men or men with children. I can totally understand why Men don’t date w/ women with kids but now FOR ME dating a man going through a divorce is out of the question nor would I date a man legally seperated, But a legal seperation is a legal document just like a signed divorce document. So a man legally seperated or divorced is not a married man. So if some women would date either of the two. I don’t see a problem. Just aint for me. A Homewrecker is the married individual get it right ladies..

  35. alicia very by doing what she did .real i believe that a marriage shuld break on its own not beacouse ppl are hepling it go down … i dodn t respect those ppl

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