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Fantasia's Manager, Brian Dickens, Tells Her Side of the Story

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It has been a turbulent week for 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino. And it's only Wednesday.

Following a lawsuit alleging that the High Point, N.C., native is a husband-stealing home wrecker, she was rushed to the hospital for an apparent drug overdose.

Today, her manager, Brian Dickens (pictured above), released a statement on behalf of the eight-time Grammy Award nominee.

"Fantasia has always been an open book. Honesty, self-respect and personal
responsibility are values she wears proudly.

Fantasia believed Mr. Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his heart was not in it. She believed him when he told her he and Mrs. Cook separated in the late summer of 2009. She believed Mr. Cook when he told her he lived elsewhere. He even took her there. One of Mr. Cook's most redeeming qualities was his complete devotion to his children. Fantasia fell in love with Mr. Cook and believed that he loved her.

Fantasia and Mr. Cook dated on and off for about 11 months. The pressure of the
constant media attention was hard on their relationship. Fantasia gave inconsistent interviews about the status of her relationship with Mr. Cook because sometimes they were on and sometimes they were off. When they were on, they spent most of their time together when she was not traveling with work.

Fantasia read Mrs. Cook's complaint against Mr. Cook for the first time yesterday. She knows some of the allegations in Mrs. Cook's complaint are totally false. There are others she strongly doubts. There is plenty she does not know.

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.

Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon.

Fantasia is a fighter and a survivor. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured. Fantasia will be stronger, smarter and better for it. Her work has always inspired her and served as a source of strength. Her new album, 'Back to Me,' will be released on August 24th.

The lyrics to 'I'm Here' say it best:

"I believe I have inside of me
Everything that I need to live a bountiful life
With all the love inside of me
I'll stand as tall as the tallest tree
And I'm thankful for each day that I'm given
Both the easy and the hard ones I'm living
But most of all
Yes, I'm thankful for lovin' who I really am"

Fantasia sends her praise to God and her eternal gratitude to her fans, friends and family. God is good."


The 911 call from Fantasia's home has been released. Listen to it here.

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