Fantasia BarrinoSinger / Talent Show Contestant
Born: 30 June 1984
Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina
Best known as: 2004's American Idol winner
Fantasia Barrino was 19 years old when she became the 2004 winner of the TV talent show American Idol
. Singing soulful classics week after week for a panel of judges led by Simon Cowell
, Fantasia survived the competition to be named the winner on 26 May 2004. Like previous winners Kelly Clarkson
and Ruben Studdard
, her reward was a heavy dose of media exposure and a record deal. After a summer tour across the United States, she released her debut album, Free Yourself
, in November of 2004. From there she appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple
(2007-08), and 2010's Fantasia For Real
, a reality show that followed her emotional and financial troubles. Following accusations that she was a homewrecker who'd had an affair with a married man, she was hospitalized in August of 2010 for what was reported as an overdose of aspirin and "a sleep aid."
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