Since she became the third winner of American Idol, Fantasia Barrino has been the subject of constant media scrutiny. The North Carolina-bred singer makes the news more often for her personal life than her enormous vocal talent.

Aside from being illiterate and becoming pregnant as a teenager, Fantasia is judged most harshly for seemingly breaking up a happy home when she had a baby with a married man.

The criticism affected her so deeply she attempted suicide. Now, the “Bittersweet” singer is speaking out in her own defense. She posted on her Instagram:

I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERMENT, THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! Im not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!

She does have a point about being judged, rising above criticism and owning the choices she makes in her life. But many took offense to her comments about gay marriage being legal.

Even some Christians found fault with Fantasia’s post, saying her wording implies that same-sex marriage should be judged more harshly than adultery.

After the backlash, her public relations team responded to clear up her view on LGBTQ relationships:

Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Instagram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight. Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community. Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.

What do you think of Fantasia’s comments, Clutchettes?

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  • MuffyCrosswire

    I’m tired of this super sensitivity when it comes to gays. Nothing wrong with what she said. This gay agenda forced everywhere we turn is annoying. There is nothing natural about homosexuality and the lifestyle is counterproductive for black people.

    • Shirl

      “the lifestyle is counterproductive for black people”. This has gotta be one of the dumbest things I’ve read in a long time.

    • EST. 1986

      Hahahaha at your name.

    • EST. 1986

      Muffy Crosswire is the character from Arthur, a children’s show.

    • MuffyCrosswire


    • mEE

      even tho this comment will be blocked pretty soon because of the down votes, I’m interested to know your reasoning behind why homosexuality is counterproductive for black people specifically?

    • AM

      I’m very curious too…….

    • MuffyCrosswire

      Study after study has proven that children with both a mother and father at home are more resilient and productive. Homosexuality is against the natural cycle of reproduction and therefore “to me” counterproductive. 
      Black families have suffered enough as it as in regards to brokenness.

      Another issue is the feminization of black men. There is something wrong with men walking around acting feminine. A lot of these men come from single parent homes and raised around a bunch of women. Soft as all get out! Why are there so many sissies walking around today compared to fifty years ago? 

      We need strong men in our communities. There is nothing strong about a man bumping uglies with another man. 

      Furthermore, I believe a lot of people turn to homosexuality after experiencing some form of sexual abuse. The natural ability to use their sex organs as nature intended has been disrupted and perverted. 

    • Anorexicbob

      The lifestyle is very natural and gays advocating for their civil rights is not “forcing their agenda”. If anything gays are fighting against having an agenda forced on them.

  • Sasha

    This woman is a nitwit. I am far from jumping for joy in regard to gay marriage HOWEVER please put your stone down Fantasia and stop trying to deflect. That glass house is awful delicate….

    • RenJennM


    • Nicole

      Thank you Sasha for articulating that JUST right!

    • Nakia

      “Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing”.

      I took her comment to be about the hypocrisy of Christians, with whom she aligns herself, and their acceptance of things that are considered to be un-Christian, while being harder on her for the adultery and out of wedlock child (from her perspective). I don’t think she was making an indictment against gays (or marijuana use) herself and I don’t find her comment offensive. If anything, it was an accusation against Christians.

  • AM

    Fantasia needs PR people, ASAP! She needs to shut up, and just do what she does best, SANG!! She can share her thoughts with her family.

  • -A.

    While poorly articulated, I think the point she was trying to get across is that people pick and choose the sins they want to hold under scrutiny. It’s not fair, it’s never been fair. She’s just pointing out that there are others who have done wrong by biblical standards who are criticized far less than she is. It can be quite annoying when the majority of your critics are preaching from glass houses.

    • Pseudonym

      Two consenting adults of the same sex getting married affects no one else negatively. Sleeping with someone’s husband and getting pregnant by him and it become a public humiliation does affect others negatively. I’m sure her baby daddy’s ex-wife’s life was turned upside-down and emptied out by all that drama and nonsense.

    • -A.

      Never said that no one was hurt from the situation nor gave the illusion that I condoned it.
      Just that Fantasia poorly articulates what she’s learned from the Bible and the church. (She actually sucks at communicating in general, but that’s another story for another day.) I do not think she was “targeting” the LGBT community as many are trying to accuse her of. She was venting, and gay marriage just happened to be a part of her argument, as it is supposedly taboo in her religion.

      I only judge what goes on in a bed if I’m in it.

    • Medusa

      Sure, but that’s his fault. He’s the one who took a vow. Not Fantasia. Doesn’t make her homophobic bullshit any better, though.

    • Keeping it real

      Who are you or anyone else to judge her for that matter? It’s ok to judge her because she’s a celebrity. Get your facts straight, she didn’t know he was married to begin with. He should have been honest from the beginning. She didn’t mess up a happy home, he did. Anyways, every woman and man has made a mistake at one point in time in their life. Before you cast stones, take a look at yourself in the mirror. It trips me out how it so easy for a man to be a whore because of his gender but a woman can’t go and have fun too when their both doing the same thing. What’s the difference? Some men are just as nasty as some of these woman of in all shades of color celebrity or not.

    • Honestly, I agree! Again maybe I’ am being to analytical but I don’t see what she stated that was SO bad. As you said, it seem like she was speaking from a biblical standpoint. Just like adultery is a sin in the Bible so is homosexuality, a sin is a sin is a sin and if you are going to judge one harshly (as in her case) then follow the trend and judge them all with the same measuring stick. Not saying that judging others’ “perceived” wrongs/sins make her wrong right because at the end of the day Fanny’s situation was not only wrong and plain messy. But I see what she is trying to say it just wasn’t stated eloquently. And FYI, again just because you don’t agree with gay marriages doesn’t make you a homophobe, anti-gay, or whatever. Again, mountain out of a anthill…

    • Isiswings

      How is it not homophobic to think some people don’t have the right to marry and live happily with the person they love? As far as claiming that from a Biblical standpoint Fantasia’s comments are OK, read up a bit on what it means to be Biblical:

    • Who said that people who are anti-gay marriage oppose people for living their lives happily with the person they love? But if someone think that marriage is reserved between a man and a woman than that is their right. Personally, I don’t care who gets married one way or the other but why is there this perceived notion that because some people don’t agree with that particular issue than they must be rallying and screaming “Down with Gays” when that is not always the case. Not agreeing with something with someone’s notion and plain hating someone is two different avenues.

  • Smilez_920

    In 2013 we need to get Fantasia a better PR team and a media coach.

    Yes ppl critsism Fantasia because she’s an easy target, she put all of her buisness out there , reality show, twitter etc.. Of course people are going to comment some will be harsh. Unfortunately that is te new nature of media and super stardom once you put your buisness out there , you’ll be eaten alive if your dont make a change.

    I don’t remember ppl judging fantasia for being a teen mom, if anything she had a ” triumphant story” when she first one American Idol.

    Fantasia hasn’t done the greatest job when it came to keeping herself together . It happens no ones perfect.

    As far as the whole married man scandal .Fantasia had a public affair with the T-Mobile mall guy, got his name tattooed on her, supposedly started giving him money, got pregnant only for him to leave her for his wife , and try to get full custody of fantasia unborn child for MonEY. That is one heck of a scandal.