I don't usually spend too much energy thinking about pop culture stars. Usually, they're just a source of entertainment for me as I merrily go along my way and try to maintain. This Fantasia story has got me riled up though so I need to get it off my chest.
Let me say, I've always had a special fondness for Fantasia from her Idol days. Call it a kindred spirit kind of thing, but I always felt she had some issues rooting from childhood that she had to deal with. Yes, she was extremely talented and I know she came from a family of performers, but that didn't mean something wasn't quite right. I'm not sure if the experts have ever confirmed it, but I honestly feel like those of us from dysfunctional homes can recognize each other. It wasn't just because she was a teenager mother either. I can't explain it but I know it when I see it. My feeling was verified as she revealed more and more about her self like her inability to read. The drama of her father suing her after her book was published and her reality show on VH1 confirmed it.
When her affair with Mr. Married broke in the news, I was extremely disappointed, but I didn't believe for one minute that she deliberately went after a married man. As further details broke about that story, I felt like she was the victim of some very smooth talk by a man that probably recognized her vulnerability and swooped in. With young women from dysfunctional homes, I feel like no matter how strong and accomplished we appear on the outside, there's a hunger for real love inside that some men just pick up on. Yep, that's happened to Gamma, too, but that's another story.
When initial word of her suicide attempt broke, I feel like people really had sympathy for her -- until they found out she overdosed on asprin. Seriously? Asprin? Doubt starting going around the blogosphere that this was possibly a PR stunt. It didn't help that soon after she left the hospital, she was seen filming a segment for her reality show with Mr. Married. BAD MOVE ALL AROUND.
The straw that really broke my back was her latest theory that she was treated so harshly by the media and fans because of her dark skin and "traditional" African-American appearance. STOP IT RIGHT NOW. Fantasia's story was handled differently than the Alicia keys (and other women-gone-wrong stories) because she lacked a proper staff to "handle" her business. Oh I'm not saying those issues don't exist -- as a dark skinned, "traditional" looking black woman myself, I've experienced it first hand. But in my humble opinion, this was a case of a little girl running with with the big dogs and not having the proper "equipment" to hang.
When you reach the level of success that Fantasia has, she really needs four key QUALIFIED people around her to help her maneuver the entertainment jungle. A PR Rep, a Manager, an Accountant, and an Assistant. That's just my opinion as I've never worked in the business nor do I pretend to understand it. I equate it with me winning the lottery -- there is no one in my immediate circle I would put in charge of helping me manage that money -- NO ONE. I know I'm not qualified and as much as I love and trust certain friends and relatives, they aren't qualified either. The first thing I'm going to do is ask Suze Ormann for some recommendations -- but that's just me. By what I've been able to deduce, Fantasia hasn't had any of those people. Uncle John (or whoever her current manager is), Mama, and Lord knows that brother of hers Teeny do not count ... in any shape way or form.
Half of the attention this story has gotten in mainstream media is directly attributed to her not having the proper people around her. Some people say that Alicia Keys came out of her affair unscathed but I'm going to bet part of my future lottery winnings that Alicia's people kept that drama in check as much as possible.
I want Fantasia to hush up now and stay out of the press. I want her to get a Life Coach, some intense counseling to deal with that childhood dysfunction and a proper staff! Fantasia is a young woman and has plenty of opportunity to put a lot of this behind her and become the phenomenal woman that God means for her to be. Unlike a lot of us, Fantasia, unfortunately, is not going to be able to do her work in private. For her sake, and her daughter's sake, I hope she stops giving interviews for a while and starts working with some professionals.
Whew! I feel better now.