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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 June 1984High Point, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameFantasia Monique Barrino
Nicknames Bobo
Fantasia Fantastic
Tasia
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fantasia Barrino was born on June 30, 1984 in High Point, North Carolina, USA as Fantasia Monique Barrino. She has been married to Kendall Taylor since July 19, 2015.

Spouse (1)

Kendall Taylor (19 July 2015 - present)

Trade Mark (2)

Her soulful voice
Normally performs barefoot.

Trivia (26)

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 17, a daughter Zion Quari Barrino on August 8, 2001. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Brandel Shouse.
3rd Season American Idol Winner of 2004.
Her first single from her first album, Truth Is, released February 2005.
Her cousins are R&B singers K-Ci (Cedric Hailey) and JoJo (Joel Hailey) who formed the singing group Jodeci along with the DeGrate brothers in 1990.
Fantasia's Number One hit song, I Believe, was co-written by another American Idol contestant, Tamyra Gray from Season 1, who also contributed background vocals to I Believe.
On May 28, 2005 she made Billboard chart history when she became the first female artist to place three songs in the top five of the Adult R&B Chart and then the very next week she became the first artist to have two of the top three songs on that chart with  "Truth Is" at #2 and "Free Yourself" at #3.
Just two months after its release, her debut album, Free Yourself, sold over one million copies and went platinum.
When Fantasia's song "I Believe" topped Billboard Hot 100 on July 1, 2004, Fantasia Barrino became the first solo artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one with their very first chart appearance.
Was physically, verbally, and emotionally abused by ex-boyfriend Brandel Shouse, who is also the father of her daughter Zion Quari Barrino.
Released autobiography and best selling book, Life Is Not A Fairy Tale, in 2005.
Dropped out of high school after a sexual assault that left her feeling embarrassed and harassed.
10 April 2007: Made her Broadway debut with the lead role of Celie in 'The Color Purple'.
Auditioned for the role of Effie White in the motion picture Dreamgirls (2006), but lost out to Jennifer Hudson.
Is a very good friend of: La Toya London, who appeared with her on American Idol (2002).
Confirmed that she had fallen pregnant by her married lover Antwaun Cook, whom she began an affair with in December 2009, but had an abortion 3 months previously (25 November 2010).
Announced that she is 4 months pregnant with her first child by her married lover Antwaun Cook (31 July 2011).
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 27, a son Dallas Xavier Barrino on December 13, 2011. Child's father is her ex-lover, Antwaun Cook.
Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her son Dallas to begin recording her 4th studio album.
Currently in New York preparing for the starring role of Celie in the NYC Broadway Musical "The Color Purple". She will join the cast on April 10. [March 2007]
On tour with Kanye West & Keyshia Cole, ending in December 2005. [November 2005]
Fantasia Barrino's highly successful engagement starring on NYC Broadway as Celie in the show "The Color Purple", has been extended from 6 months to 9 months until January 6, 2008. [November 2007]
Currently working on her sophomore LP, due out later this year. [February 2006]
Was in a relationship with Brandel Shouse from 1998 to 2003. They have a daughter together.
(July 18, 2015) Married her boyfriend of a year Kendall Taylor following a 8-month-long engagement.
On August 9, 2010, she attempted suicide by drug overdose.
Though the surname "Barrino" has often been speculated as being of Hispanic (specifically Cuban) origin, Fantasia's patrilineal "Barrino" ancestors have lived in North Carolina since the 1800s, and were not of Hispanic origin. The surname was likely originally spelled "Barrineau".

Personal Quotes (11)

I like to go to the ocean and see the miracles that God has created. It reminds me of His power. He can do anything, like pulling me up from where I came, taking me through what I have been through, and bringing me to this point -- the point where I prayed to be my whole life. " - Fantasia, in her book, Life is Not a Fairy Tale
Oprah gave me a lot of advice. She sat me down ... Just, you know, how a lady should carry herself. How to manage your money. How to not put your trust in everybody. Just watch your back. But most of all, you have to watch what you do. You have to carry yourself in such a way. You have to just watch your every move and carry yourself as a lady. So other young ladies who are watching you will know this is how you do it. - On Oprah Winfrey, being her mentor.
And my mom comes upstairs and she says, 'Something is wrong with you.' I wouldn't even talk. She says, 'Have you been touched?' I still said nothing. I laid in that bed for two days. I wouldn't even go to school. - On being sexually assaulted at aged 16.
Judges were kept at a distance, with contact limited to maybe sometimes, after the show, they'd hug us or say something to us. - About the judges who knew of Corey Clark's volatile behavior on and off 'American Idol'.
Let me tell you this: That house was like a prison, but a good prison. They have somebody who sits (and watches), and they had security guards working in shifts. There's no way you can sneak out because there's a gate around the house. We had a curfew. We could leave the house if we weren't working, but we had to be back at certain time ... or you'd get in big trouble the next day. - On Corey Clark's restrictions.
I would go in front of the mirror with an old, cheap can of hairspray and hold it like a microphone. I would go to sleep every night picturing myself singing in front of millions of people. - When she dreamed of stardom.
It's just the truth. Celebrities can be untouchable sometimes, but I've always given my story straight because I'm proud of myself and I'm proud that I can talk about what I've been through. People can relate to me. There are things going on with Fantasia that are probably going on with another family right around the corner. - On her own show that interests people.
That's where I come from, that show opened a big door for me. I do feel that I have, music-wise and acting-wise, moved on, and I'm happy to just sit back now and give the new winners their props. I watch it all the time! - On her success on American Idol (2002).
You see good moments! I'll have my glass of wine, I still find a way to have a good time and hang out with my girlfriends. We only have one life to live and I can't let all the cares in the world weigh me down. I'll be 40 years old before I know it. - On her own reality show that dealt with more than family issues, that contained a lot of laughter.
He's still my father at the end of the day.
Me and my father, we don't have a really good relationship. That is something that's been out in the press and it's a very touchy situation for me to allow that to be seen. - On her feud with her father.

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