Fantasia Barrino Had Tumor on Her Throat, Hurt by Negative Publicity

September 01, 2008 06:51:19 GMT

Regaining her health following a surgery to remove a tumor from her throat, she admitted that she's hurt by the negative publication addressed to her for pulling out of "The Color Purple".

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Gaining her prominence as the winner of the third season of the television series "American Idol" in 2004, Fantasia Barrino has been invading the world of performing, taking over the Broadway stage. Portraying the critically acclaimed Celie in the musical, "The Color Purple," it is sad to say that she was forced to take hiatus following doctor's diagnosis that she had tumor on her throat.

About that she openly told Sister 2 Sister magazine, "I couldn't get enough sleep and sometimes onstage, I could taste blood ... every now and then. They (producers) would send me to the hospitals and they would say, 'Well, she's dehydrated; that's what's making her tired.' They would put IVs in me. But it just wasn't enough." Realizing that there might be something wrong with her throat, she eventually checked into a top throat doctor in Los Angeles, who then told her that she had tumor on her throat.

Recalling the dark moment, the singer said "I went into surgery and he (doctor) came out and told my mother it was a tumor." Battling to stay healthy following the surgery, Fantasia admitted that she often felt drained and too tired to perform. That's why she decided to pull out of "The Color Purple."

Regaining her health ever since, Fantasia however is hurt by all the negative publicity addressed to her for pulling out of the show. "It really hurt my feelings ... I told my manager, 'Please, somebody protect me,' because I've never missed a show ... I like to perform," so she revealed. "I felt like, after I had my surgery, nobody knew about it. The Color Purple didn't know about it, my record company didn't know about it, and I was very hurt that ... I wasn't receiving any flowers, any balloons."

Fantasia sparked speculation that she's pregnant when she pulled out of "The Color Purple" early this year with no explanation. Her publicist simply told the media that Fantasia was unwell. Her withdrawal from the show reportedly forced the producers to give back tens of thousands of dollars in refunds.


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posted by EYES2 on Jul 28, 2010
fantasia- went through the same thing in a way. I had my thyroids remove because I had a large lump on the right side of my face. and during sonogram it reveal i had to have surgery very quickly it lump was heading down into my chest, everyone was so concern about the righside, but the LORD told me to pray for the leftside of my throat and i glad I did obey him., because thats the side that had cancer. I was feeling tired and always sleeping and feeling like I had no energy. that was 2 years ago I am of course still under the doctors care, I do not have to have doctors visit every week, now it is every 6 or 7 months, GOD is truly an awesome GOD, Let what happen to you be a testimony for the glory of GOD, He allow you to be used in this situation so that people can see and no that GOD is a healer and a deliver, and that there is nothing to hard for our GOD. The devil is a LIAR and GOD is GLORIFIED. Praise with your life and the talent he as given you to be in the foreforn to be a witness of what GOD can do. You are a LIVING witness what GOD has done in your life. Let the people talk, your life experience is documented of what GOD has done. Let the people talk, it is there free will to do so, but the bottom line is that GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL and YOU HAVE BEEN HEALED BY PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS now give him GLORY
posted by verano on Feb 03, 2010
Fantasia..God is watching over you during this ordeal. Telling the public about a health problem is very frustrating and distracting because most people don't understand unless they unfortunately have gone through the same experience. Keep your head up and thank you for sharing. God Bless you!
posted by Love Fantasia on Aug 28, 2009
Don't worry my friend, save your money and keep leaving a simple life you will be ok, I just love you and this is forever. Try to eat very heathy forget red meat and try to do raw veggie juices at least one meal. Mix all the greens at the juicer and that is your meal, may not be tasteful but that is for your healthy u will be fine. Love you forever> Walter dos Santos Atlanta GA
posted by Tajaun on Aug 07, 2009
Fantasia don't worry bout what the people say cause they are going to talk anyway! by the way your not a hater your a really great singer!
posted by kenneybrewloveGod on May 22, 2009
Tasia god has his purpose for all of us he had a plan for u from the start and he never leaves his children he will make your throat stronger with every evil word spoken againt u. love your belief is all he needs. atlantas own sk-770-899-2774
posted by Equan on May 11, 2009
i love you so much fantasia. im your fan 4life im so so happy u came throught your surgery. n u will always b in my prayers.
posted by shady on Mar 29, 2009
girl you can gain the whole world and loose you please get closer to him singing gospel will bring back the annointing
posted by kert on Mar 29, 2009
god knows all about you you need to get back to the church god is stil coming soon
posted by Godbless_fantasia on Jan 28, 2009
fantasia.. superb... about your tumor... i know that everything has a purpose. so, God will NEVER EVER forsake you. He has a plan for you, from the very beginning, and forever. so, just go on with God's will. trust in hijm. you truly are a great singer. ignore the negative comments of the people. i believe in you. I BELIEVE-i love this song.. i know.... and i pray that you will be well, and everything will be back to normal. take care of yourself always, and God bless!. im here, cheering you up! :)
posted by gods child on Nov 13, 2008
Fantasia I am so proud of you but I want you to get better I want you to come back with some more banging songs and I just want you to know that as long as you put God first you can make it he will never put more on you than you can bare so dont give up and keep your head up God loves you and so do I. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by marvin from buffalon on Oct 13, 2008
keep GOD 1st and you can,t go wrong.what GOD has for you is for you.
posted by Snap on Oct 06, 2008
Well whatever lulu's issues are she can be positive that fantasia aint worried about it, and weather she is fat and putting out trash projects so you say..she got more money than you and I put together so go on an do what you do "hater"
posted by itsme1242001 on Sep 14, 2008
I think Fantasia's second album rocked and that the public is always riding her back for stupid reasons. PLEASE PEOPLE let Tasia be Tasia. People grow up. Idol is a fantasy show really. There is life after idol. And Fantasia is living her's. Give her a break!!
posted by Sexy Lady on Sep 07, 2008
People need to stop hating on Fantasia she is human. Nobody don't need to know her bussiness.
posted by cblunt01 on Sep 06, 2008
In regards to the ignorant remark posted by "lulu," just what "trash projects" are you referring to? Her last album was much better than the first one. The first album was so "commercial", she was limited in her contribution to that project. The second album gave us a chance to see who she really is and the tremendous talent she has. By the way, how much do you weigh? I am glad to see Fantasia put on some weight. I am glad she is not falling in to the Hollywood trap of being something you're really not. She is keeping it real. She is not straving herself and having surgery to be that "Black Barbie Doll" that many artist's try to be. She is someone that many young and older balck women can relate to. She is like your cousin or your best friend. Stop hating and be more positive in supporting our black women. Especially the ones that made it through all the obtacles and came out on top.
posted by lulu on Sep 02, 2008
unfortunately..she's a disappointment in recent year..other than colour sad to say she has been doing lots of trash projects including her last album..all the ghetto image is so wrong for her..and getting herself ballooned to such enormous size is reckless and irresponsible...where is the fantasia of Idol days????????????? I miss her!
posted by croft on Sep 01, 2008
Not strictly true , she extended her run in the Color Purple and she missed some shows but she actually didn't pull out early . She finished her run in September last year and didn't have the throat surgery till early this year
posted by Sue on Sep 01, 2008
Exactly, she didn't pull out of the color purple. She completed her run. The original run was from April 10 2007 - to October 2007. She completed that run, they asked her to sign on until January 6 2008 and she completed that run. So, she didn't pull out early she just missed some shows due to health reasons. She probably shouldn't have extended the first run. Also, if they had to give back tens of thousands of dollars she still made tens of MILLIONS for the production. After she left the show only lasted about 4-6 weeks then it closed permanently.

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