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"American Idol" Fantasia Reveals She's Functionally Illiterate



NEW YORK - "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino reveals in her memoirs that she is functionally illiterate and had to fake her way through some scripted portions the televised talent show, which she won in 2004.

"You're illiterate to just about everything. You don't want to misspell," Fantasia told ABC's "20/20." "So that, for me, kept me in a box and I didn't, wouldn't come out."

The 21-year-old R&B singer says she's signed record deals and contracts that she didn't read and couldn't understand. But the hardest part, she said, is not being able to read to Zion, her 4-year-old daughter.

"That hurts really bad," she said, adding that she is now learning to read with tutors.

In her memoir, "Life is Not a Fairy Tale," which she dictated to a freelance writer, Fantasia also said she was raped in the ninth grade by a classmate. She says the boy was disciplined, but she blamed herself for the attack.

She dropped out of high school that year and became an unwed mother at 17.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051001/...ntasia_barrino

This could go either way. Only in America could she have become a millionaire ...but then...how in the world did she get promoted in school? (Which if she faked it on TV, she obviously faked it in school). It took a lot of guts for her to admit this. Hopefully, it will inspire others who can't read to learn how to do it.

On a related note, they are holding "American Idol" audtions in Greensboro, NC again this year. Who knew NC is such a hot bed of singing talent (Clay, Fantasia)?

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Hopefully, it will inspire others who can't read to learn how to do it.
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American "Idol" indeed!

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i wish i was surprised by this 'revelation'

but props to her for doing something about it


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A bit weird she's an American Idol if she can't read
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Well it was not a reading contest. It was a singing one.
Imagine if she participated in a karaoke contest. Now that would be rough.

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How fitting that our resident black race troll Selesfan70 found the time to post this article. I was going to post this same article a few days ago, however I knew that eventually I could count on you.

I am glad Fantasia is admitting that she has a problem and is willing to deal with an embarassing admission. We can only hope that others who are suffering from illiteracy are inspired to improve their reading skills.

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good for her!

go fantasia!u rawk!

and being raped, the poor thing. well, she's gotten far in life.

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This young lady should have been down for the count long ago, yet she is still in there fighting and "Yes" doing something about her deficiencies. Forget American, An Idol Indeed. You Go Fantasia. Heard she is related to some pretty successful people in the music business, how could they let her go though all that she went through??? especially if they knew how much talent she posses. Family
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Well it was not a reading contest. It was a singing one.
Imagine if she participated in a karaoke contest. Now that would be rough.
Fantasia claimed on her 20/20 special last night that she memorized most of the words in practice. When she had to speak and didn't pronounce a word correctly she excused it by claiming that she was a country girl and corrected her pronounciation right on the spot.

She also stated that she was raped very young.

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This young lady should have been down for the count long ago, yet she is still in there fighting and "Yes" doing something about her deficiencies. Forget American, An Idol Indeed. You Go Fantasia. Heard she is related to some pretty successful people in the music business, how could they let her go though all that she went through??? especially if they knew how much talent she posses. Family
Static, I believe she is related to KCi and JoJo from Jodeci. I remember her stating that they wanted her to make it on her own. She is a true gem. Did you see her sing Summertime last night on the 20/20 special?

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How fitting that our resident black race troll Selesfan70 found the time to post this article. I was going to post this same article a few days ago, however I knew that eventually I could count on you.
Was just thinking about this while scrolling down the thread to see if anyone mentioned it and you took care of it for us.
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I read another article where it said she was having a book signing... I'm going to leave that alone cuz that's too easy!

But props to her for doing something about it. There are far too many people that are illiterate.

This reminds me of how athletes were promoted and given byes for tests so the school could get money from their hardwork on the court/field.

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