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?

  • 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.

  • kelly

    the bible says nothing against smoking weed, it actually supports the use of the herb… But the other things mentioned are a different story ..

  • Vic

    There is no mention of “crack” in the Bible either nor any other drug none to man today. It’s clear that if you believe in what the Bible says we should never place any substance in our body that will harm it. It’s statements like the one made here that scares me to death. People trying to make what is wrong be right.

  • 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.

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