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Fantasia Barrino Reveals She's Illiterate
post Oct 1 2005, 07:54 PM
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i was poking around yahoo news and when i saw this headline i was like blink.gif ...her life seems so depressing sad.gif

NEW YORK - "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino reveals in her memoirs that she is functionally illiterate and had to fake her way through some scripted portions the televised talent show, which she won in 2004.

"You're illiterate to just about everything. You don't want to misspell," Fantasia told ABC's "20/20." "So that, for me, kept me in a box and I didn't, wouldn't come out."

The 21-year-old R&B singer says she's signed record deals and contracts that she didn't read and couldn't understand. But the hardest part, she said, is not being able to read to Zion, her 4-year-old daughter.

"That hurts really bad," she said, adding that she is now learning to read with tutors.

In her memoir, "Life is Not a Fairy Tale," which she dictated to a freelance writer, Fantasia also said she was raped in the ninth grade by a classmate. She says the boy was disciplined, but she blamed herself for the attack.

She dropped out of high school that year and became an unwed mother at 17.
post Oct 1 2005, 07:57 PM
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Oh, that's terrible. I hope she learns to read soon. If bad people are in charge of her contract, they could take advantage of her.

I'm glad she won American Idol. She's been through so much, and she really deserves it.
post Oct 1 2005, 08:00 PM
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Her life does seem depressing. sad.gif At least she's learing to read now. That's got to be scary, signing papers and not knowing what they say. Not being able to read to her daughter.
post Oct 1 2005, 08:00 PM
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I just read that! Coolios.

Anyway, I hope she has some trustworthy people on her side so she doesn't get tricked and cheated.
post Oct 1 2005, 08:02 PM
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Aww..that's sad. =(
I would hate not being able to read to my daughter.
And raped?
Well yeah it's good that she won American Idol.
post Oct 1 2005, 08:05 PM
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post Oct 1 2005, 08:30 PM
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that's quite shocking. but at least she has proven to the masses that she can get through her obstacles and gain success. It's quite inspirational when you think about it, right?
post Oct 1 2005, 08:56 PM
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Wow that's sad. I'm sorry to read about her being rape. I'm glad that she is learning to read though.
post Oct 1 2005, 09:24 PM
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That's terrible... but to be heartless, sounds like a publicity stunt
post Oct 1 2005, 10:54 PM
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That really sucks. you would never know that she was illiterate from the show. hopfully now she will learn how to read and write.
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wow, thats surprising. its good she's learning now though at least.
post Oct 1 2005, 11:11 PM
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fantasia stupid

post Oct 2 2005, 12:08 AM
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wow. that's surprising. but yeah, it's good that she's learning, and i hope she doesn't get cheated of her money.
post Oct 2 2005, 12:22 AM
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Aw, that's horrible. Althought I didn't want her to win American Idol and don't like her, I still feel bad. Being raped in ninth grade? Wow. She has been through a lot and I wish the best for her.
post Oct 2 2005, 01:31 AM
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Wow , being in a buisness that involves papers and such is hard to deal with when your illiterate , i wouldnt have guessed it.
post Oct 2 2005, 01:33 AM
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wait but how did she make it to high school.
withour reading? blink.gif
post Oct 2 2005, 03:54 AM
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That sucks
post Oct 2 2005, 09:07 AM
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QUOTE(yummy_delight @ Oct 1 2005, 7:57 PM)

I'm glad she won American Idol. She's been through so much, and she really deserves it.


I think the only people who deserves winning American Idol are the people who can actually sing...

But she has been through a lot and since she won, she can sing, so good for Fantasia.
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post Oct 2 2005, 09:15 AM
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wel, i agree, but genally, mostof the peo-pel who reach the finals of american idol CAN sing, so out of a group of talented people, its nice to root for the underdog

i like her
post Oct 2 2005, 11:15 AM
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wow, she's been through a lot. i hope she learns how to read soon

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