Fantasia Barrino has recently come under fire for her involvement with a married man. Now the 26-year-old “American Idol” alum is making headlines again for a more serious matter. Barrino was rushed to a North Carolina hospital on Monday (Aug. 9) as a result of a medication overdose.
According to TMZ, a rep for “The Color Purple” actress confirmed that the overdose reports were accurate and that Barrino was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville around 8:55 p.m. Monday night. A report made at the time of her admittance showed that the singer’s condition was not life-threatening.
Her manager says the overdose was caused by a combination of aspirin and a sleep aid. She took the medication after feeling “overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention” surrounding her relationship with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Antwaun Cook.
“Last night, Fantasia was hospitalized,” read a statement released by her camp. “She took an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid. Her injuries are not life-threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time. Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon.”
The rep also clarifies Fantasia’s relationship with Cook, saying she “believed” him when he told her “he was not happy in his marriage [to Paula Cook] and his heart was not in it.”
Fantasia is scheduled to release her third album, Back to Me, on August 24.
UPDATE: According to the police report, officers who arrived at Fantasia’s house were told that she attempted to commit suicide by ingesting pills.