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Fantasia Reveals She ‘Lost Everything’ Twice After Winning


Colman Domingo, left, a cast member in the new film “The Color Purple,” gives fellow cast member Fantasia Barrino a kiss at the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements, Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, at Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Fantasia’s personal life helped to prepare her for the biggest role of her life.  Playing Celie in The Color Purple came easier to Fantasia because she “lost everything twice” after winning American Idol.  The role hit close to home after people took advantage of her as a naive new star. “Celie and I have a lot in common,” Fantasia said in a recent interview.  “While I was singing for everybody else, I was actually singing my way through and to some things.” In addition to her team stealing her money, Fantasia’s father sued her for how she portrayed him in her memoir Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. “It wasn’t easy. I lost a lot. I lost everything,” she said.

The Christmas Day opening of  ‘The Color Purple’ beat expectations with an $18 million debut, according to Variety.

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