American Idol winner, Fantasia has been in and out of the news for her chart-topping R&B songs and album, popular and critically acclaimed film & theater work and for struggles in her personal life involving home foreclosures and suicide attempts. 

Born on June 30, 1984, in North Carolina, USA, Fantasia Barrino was raised in an extended family with music running in their blood. Her first cousins were the influential RnB band “Jodice” and her uncles were a member of a popular RnB group from the 70’s. About her education, Fantasia dropped out of high school after she was harassed and raped by a classmate. Pregnant at 16, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter in 2001.

Fantasia Barrino is standing in a balcony, she is flaunting her curvaceous body

While auditioning for American Idol in 2003 she gathered the judge’s attention for all good reason. Simon Cowell had labeled her with the “best contestant to ever compete in the show” title. She won the title with over 1.3 million more votes than her runner-up. 

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Fantasia had home foreclosure issues in 2008, due to loan payments but she saved her house at the last moment. In 2013, Fantasia transferred the deed of the same house to the bank when her attempt to sell the house even after willing to endure losses didn’t work. It seems like lack of management and legal missteps had put Fantasia on the rough path.

Fantasia Barrino’s net worth & career

Barrino’s professional debut single I Believe became number one on the Billboard charts. Her 2004 debut album Free Yourself has over 2 million sold copies and was certified platinum. Fantasia was named number one artist at the  Adult Urban Contemporary in 2005. She has also performed for President Barack Obama. 

Fantasia Barrino accompanied by her husband in a event, they are sitting in a table and are both laughing. Fantasia is wearing a peach coloured dress and her husband is well suited in grey and white combo.

Barino bagged the Best Female Vocal RnB Grammy in 2011, along with multiple Grammy Awards nominations for her first and second album. She has starred in a movie that is based on her life (second most viewed program on the Lifetime channel) and in Oprah’s theater productions in Color Purple garnering critical praise fit for mature professional artists. 

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In October 2014, Fantasia was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, a well-deserved prize for Fantasia after all that hard work, popularity and acclaim. Fantasia Barrinos net worth was estimated to be around $5 million as of 2018. Most of her income coming from her American Idol participation, her biopic Lifetime movie, income from sales from her hit singles and three albums and works in major theater productions. 

Fantasia had her first child with her childhood sweetheart, Brandel Shouse, at the age of 16, they were not married. They parted ways in 2003 but were involved in a custody battle over her daughter in 2014. 

In 2010, Barrino was stuck with a legal trouble for being in a relationship with an already married man, Antwan Cook. She won both the lawsuits. She gave birth to a son in 2011, but chose not to reveal the father’s details this time. 

Fantasia Barrino posing in her house's veranda with her daughter and son. They look like they're in a holiday mood.

In 2015, Fantasia got married to her current husband, Kendall Taylor. They tied the knot just after three weeks of dating. “Everything changed when I met him; the connection was instantaneous” says Fantasia on finding Kendall. 

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Kassim Washington, popularly known as Ricco Barrino is Fantasias older brother. He is an R&B artist and songwriter. Fantasia has been dealing with legal and financial issues for a long time now. Her father had sued her $10 million for writing lies in her book.