“Heartbroken” Fantasia hospitalized after overdosing on aspirin, sleep aid

American Idol 3 winner Fantasia Barrino is in stable condition and will soon be released from the hospital after overdosing on aspirin and sleeping pills last night. The police report, which was published by Radar, classified it as a suicide attempt.

A statement [PDF] released by her management connects this directly to accusations from a woman who said Fantasia had an affair with her husband and made a sex tape with him, destroying their marriage.

The statement acknowledges Fantasia dated the man but says she “believed him when he told her [Antwaun Cook] and Mrs. Cook separated in the late summer of 2000,” and says “Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused. Yesterday, she was totally overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention. Last night, Fantasia was hospitalized. She took an overdose of aspirin and a sleep aid. Her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time.”

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