Fantasia Using Suicide Attempt to Sell Records?

Fantasia BarrinoIt was just over two weeks ago that Fantasia Barrino attempted to take her own life after relationship troubles with Antwaun Cook. And already she's done an interview about the incident,  which will air on VH1 next Tuesday.

In it, she confirms that it was a suicide attempt, not an accident.

"I didn't have any fight in me. I didn't care about anything. I just wanted out," she told VH1 "At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with – all of it, all of that [expletive]."

Incidentally, the interview comes out the same day  her new album Back to Me will be released.

That certainly can't be a coincidence.


I strongly question how healthy or wise it is for her -- someone who was apparently so mentally ill and distraught that she wanted to take her own life --  to tackle the issue in an interview already

"I was tired of people doing me wrong, constantly, over and over again, dealing with my family – my father, dealing with men and their [expletive] – I was tired," she says. "My head was hurting me. I was over it."

And now she's suddenly over it enough to appear on live television as she did this morning on Good Morning America? Here's the clip:

I feel for her, and I'm rooting for her, but It's just too soon. And if her mental health was really that fragile, then she needs to take care of herself, not go off doing interviews. There's no reason for her to talk now ... except the little fact of that record coming out and her fledgling career.

While I wouldn't go so far as to allege that her suicide attempt itself was a publicity stunt (though some have), I would say that I think using it any way to benefit her career is not only unhealthy but in extremely poor taste.

Do you think Fantasia is talking too soon about her suicide attempt?

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