Last week, TMZ put up a post that featured video footage of Fantasia at an airport, in which she was essentially baited into talking about her suicide attempt. Hypocritically, the piece simultaneously criticized Fantasia for making light of the incident (the title of the post was “Fantasia Barrino — Crackin’ Suicide Jokes”).
We talked to Fantasia today for a two-part interview about her life and the upcoming season of Fantasia for Real (premiering Sunday, September 19 at 10/9c). As a preview, here’s what Fantasia had to say about being thrown under the bus by TMZ:
“I’ve been saying this in every interview and every show I’ve gone on: they don’t ever try to give me a break. They don’t ever try to say anything nice about me, that’s not what they do for Fantasia. I’ve accepted that. When [the cameraman] came out in the airport, he was being very, very nice in the beginning. And then, all of a sudden, he tried to throw me a blow, like, ‘So, have you taken any aspirin lately?’ I don’t find anything funny about that situation. Like I told Wendy Williams and Rickey Smiley, I’m not even going to talk about that situation anymore, because it’s not anything fun to talk about and it’s not easy to talk about. I want to just move on and take every step at a time and gradually get my life back and myself back together. But when he said it, I thought he was trying to be funny, and I looked at him like, ‘Hell, you wanna be funny, it’s not aspirin is Tylenol, how ’bout that?’ He pissed me off. But they way they edited it, with the the smiles and the laughs that me and him had, it was like, it is what it is. They’ve always done that to me, so it is what it is.”
Check back tomorrow when we’ll post our discussion about media scrutiny and Fantasia’s perpetual “open book” status.