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?

  • mEE

    sooo Fantasia, you had an affair with another woman’s husband and the father of her children. tattooed his name on your body. tricked on him buy buying him expensive presents while you were facing bankrupcy. left the woman taunting messages on her phone. got pregnant. had an abortion. attempted suicide (which would have left your only child without a parent). got pregnant again but this time decided to keep the child. …and you’re concerned about same sex couples getting married?

    when are people going to realize that someone else’s sin doesn’t negate their own?

  • mEE

    ::sigh:: isn’t it a shame when the oppressed start taking on the qualities of the oppressor?

  • -A.

    Never said that no one was hurt from the situation nor gave the illusion that I condoned it.
    Just that Fantasia poorly articulates what she’s learned from the Bible and the church. (She actually sucks at communicating in general, but that’s another story for another day.) I do not think she was “targeting” the LGBT community as many are trying to accuse her of. She was venting, and gay marriage just happened to be a part of her argument, as it is supposedly taboo in her religion.

    I only judge what goes on in a bed if I’m in it.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    Weed is actually a medicinal plant, a lot safer and more beneficial than most pills and tonics prescribed by doctors.
    I hate when people try to make weed evil or sinful or some dangerous narcotic when it is none of those things, abuse of anything though can be sinful.

  • Isiswings

    How is it not homophobic to think some people don’t have the right to marry and live happily with the person they love? As far as claiming that from a Biblical standpoint Fantasia’s comments are OK, read up a bit on what it means to be Biblical:

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