Manager: Fantasia Took an Overdose of Aspirin and a Sleep Aid
The singer, who allegedly had an affair with a married man, is "heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused"
It’s been a rough week for Fantasia Barrino.
The American Idol season 3 champ was hospitalized Monday in Charlotte, N.C., after overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid, her manager Brian Dickens confirmed Tuesday.
“Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time,” Dickens said. “Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon.”
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident was classified as a suicide attempt. The police report lists Dickens as the reporting person and says Barrino was found with “possible internal injuries.”
The incident comes just after Barrino was named in a court filing alleging that she was having an affair with a married man. On Monday, the singer denied she was responsible for breaking up the marriage of Paula and Antwaun Cook. However, on Tuesday Dickens said the singer and Antwaun “dated off and on for 11 months.”
Barrino believed Cook when “he told her he was not happy in his marriage” and that he and his wife “separated in the late summer of 2009,” Dickens said.
The singer read Cook’s complaint for the first time Monday and though she calls some of the allegations “totally false,” she is “heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused. Yesterday she was totally overwhelmed with the lawsuit and the media attention.”
But “Fantasia is a fighter and a survivor. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured,” her manager said. “Fantasia will be stronger, smarter and better for it. Fantasia sends her praise to God and her eternal gratitude to her fans, friends, and family.”
• Reporting by ANNE MARIE CRUZ and CARLOS GREER