‘Idol’ Fantasia Barrino Released After Overdose

by | August 12, 2010 at 7:34 AM | Celebrities, TV News

Former 'Idol' Fantasia (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Former 'Idol' Fantasia (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


UPDATE: ‘American Idol’ Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, 26, was released from the hospital late Wednesday, after overdosing on aspirin and sleeping pills on Monday.

Barrino was said to be “heartbroken” after a N.C. woman accused the singer in divorce documents of breaking up her marriage and making sex tapes with her husband.

“She has been lifted up by the outpouring of love and support from her fans,” her manager Brian Dickens writes in a new statement. “She is more committed than ever to her daughter and her work because they are her heart, her soul and inspiration.”

Earlier story…

Former ‘American Idol‘ Fantasia Barrino was rushed to a North Carolina hospital Monday night after overdosing on aspirin and sleeping pills, TMZ reports.

Police responded to Barrino’s home in Charlotte, N.C., where she was reportedly found in a closet after “ingesting medication.” Barrino’s manager Brian Dickens placed the call for help. Fantasia was bleeding and losing consciousness, according to new details from the 911 call.

According to Radar, the police report classifies the case as a suicide attempt.

Barrino was hospitalized and listed in stable condition; her injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to a report by local affiliate station WCNC.

“She’s doing fine,” Fantasia’s father Joseph Barrino told Radar Tuesday evening.

‘Idol’ Winner Rushed to Hospital

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It’s been a difficult time for the singer. Fantasia made headlines last week when it was revealed she made sex tapes with a married man that ultimately ended his marriage.

The sex tape story surfaced when Paula Cook named Barrino in a lawsuit filed last Wednesday, claiming the ‘Idol’ alum began having an affair with the woman’s husband Antwuan in August of 2009. According to reports, the court documents allege that “Antwuan Cook and Ms. Barrino have at times recorded their illicit sexual activity.”

Fantasia maintained that she was “not responsible” for the couple’s divorce, in a statement issued Monday.

Barrino’s manager said Tuesday afternoon that the overdose is connected to the recent drama.

“Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused,” Dickens said in a statement. “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 rose to fame in 2004 when she won Season 3 of ‘American Idol.’ Since taking the crown on the Fox singing competition, Fantasia has been nominated for eight Grammys, published a best-selling memoir and has appeared on Broadway in ‘The Color Purple.’

In January of this year, she launched her own VH1 reality show, ‘Fantasia for Real,’ which was picked up for a second season. New episodes are scheduled to air beginning Sept. 19th.

Fantasia’s third album, ‘Back to Me,’ comes out August 24th.