Fantasia Barrino, season three winner of “American Idol,” is under fire for her eyebrow-raising comments about gay marriage on Instagram.
"I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House ... Everybody Trying!!!!!!!" the 28-year-old singer said Monday on Instagram. "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!!! I'm not doing Nothing for you ... My Life!!!!"
Fantasia’s rant resulted in a flood of angry comments from fans, prompting Barrino’s reps to jump in and clarify the Grammy-winning singer’s statement.
"Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context," the statement read. "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."
Barrino also apologized for the statement on Instagram, urging the blogoshpere to stop “misrepresenting the facts.”
"It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context," she wrote. "I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don't judge anyone because I don't want to be judged. The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts."
Fantasia was the subject of drama in August 2010, when the singer evidently attempted suicide by overdosing on pain medication. E News! reported the suicide came after Barrino allegedly broke up the marriage of Antwaun Cook, who is the father of her children, ages one and four.
Barrino recently released her newest single, “Lose to Win,” which will be available on iTunes this Jan. 8.
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