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?

  • MuffyCrosswire

    I’m tired of this super sensitivity when it comes to gays. Nothing wrong with what she said. This gay agenda forced everywhere we turn is annoying. There is nothing natural about homosexuality and the lifestyle is counterproductive for black people.

  • Sasha

    This woman is a nitwit. I am far from jumping for joy in regard to gay marriage HOWEVER please put your stone down Fantasia and stop trying to deflect. That glass house is awful delicate….

  • AM

    Fantasia needs PR people, ASAP! She needs to shut up, and just do what she does best, SANG!! She can share her thoughts with her family.

  • -A.

    While poorly articulated, I think the point she was trying to get across is that people pick and choose the sins they want to hold under scrutiny. It’s not fair, it’s never been fair. She’s just pointing out that there are others who have done wrong by biblical standards who are criticized far less than she is. It can be quite annoying when the majority of your critics are preaching from glass houses.

  • Smilez_920

    In 2013 we need to get Fantasia a better PR team and a media coach.

    Yes ppl critsism Fantasia because she’s an easy target, she put all of her buisness out there , reality show, twitter etc.. Of course people are going to comment some will be harsh. Unfortunately that is te new nature of media and super stardom once you put your buisness out there , you’ll be eaten alive if your dont make a change.

    I don’t remember ppl judging fantasia for being a teen mom, if anything she had a ” triumphant story” when she first one American Idol.

    Fantasia hasn’t done the greatest job when it came to keeping herself together . It happens no ones perfect.

    As far as the whole married man scandal .Fantasia had a public affair with the T-Mobile mall guy, got his name tattooed on her, supposedly started giving him money, got pregnant only for him to leave her for his wife , and try to get full custody of fantasia unborn child for MonEY. That is one heck of a scandal.

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