“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.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.