There’s no way to know for sure if Fantasia Barrino’s suicide attempt was real or a publicity stunt. But her actions following her release from the hospital call into question her true motives.
Just one day after getting out of the hospital for an aspirin overdose, the singer is seen with the married man she is accused of having an affair with. A camera crew was with them. It’s believed they were being filmed for a segment on Fantasia’s VH1 Behind The Music special, which happens to air on the same day her new album, ‘Back To Me‘ is being released.
Fantasia insists the suicide attempt was real. She’s quoted in a story that appears today on PEOPLE.com as saying:
“I didn’t have any fight in me. I didn’t care about anything. I just wanted out. At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with – all of it, all of that [expletive]. I just sat in the closet and looked at the mirror and took all the pills in the bottle. I wanted to go to sleep and just be at peace. I knew exactly what I was doing. You can’t accidentally take a whole bottle of pills. I was tired of people doing me wrong, constantly, over and over again, dealing with my family – my father, dealing with men and their [expletive] – I was tired. My head was hurting me. I was over it.”
Maybe Fantasia’s head was hurting because she is facing a possible lawsuit from Paula Cook. The wife of Antwaun Cook, the man who’s been breaking Barrino’s back for a hot minute now.
“[Paula Cook] has threatened via her lawyers to me to sue Fantasia,” the singer’s lawyer, Gena Morris, told PEOPLE.
North Carolina is one of seven states that allows the “other man” or “other woman” to be sued for alienation of affection and criminal conversation.
In March a woman named Anne Lunquist was ordered to pay $9 millions dollars to Cynthia Shackelford of North Carolina for breaking up her marriage under that very law.
So if Fantasia wasn’t faking a suicide attempt, it could be the possibility of losing everything she has motivated her to end it all or at least seek sympathy.
“I remember waking up in the hospital [and thinking], ‘It didn’t work, I’m still here in this hellhole. Still here with all this drama going on,'” she now says.
Fantasia better hope Paula Cook decides to take it easy on her or that “hellhole” she thinks she’s been living in is going to get a whole lot hotter.