Fantasia Barrino announces she's pregnant with baby boy, addresses Mahalia Jackson biopic rumors

American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, who announced she was pregnant in August, told The Wendy Williams Show that she was expecting a son to join her 9-year-old daughter, Zion, this December. (Barrino has not released the identity of her unborn baby’s father, but has been previously linked to Antwaun Cook.)

Barrino also addressed reports that family members involved in a Mahalia Jackson biopic — which Barrino was set to star in — were angry that she was allegedly pregnant with a married man’s child. “I almost went into labor, because it was the first time that I’ve heard anything about that,” she told Williams. “Haven’t spoken to the family yet, haven’t heard anything from the family, so that was my first time hearing anything about it.” Rather, there were problems on set only because she held back her pregnancy from the filmmakers.

Earlier this week, Jackson’s estate responded to EW’s requests for comment surrounding their alleged anger: “The family had no say so in approval, disapproval, or the hiring and firing of Fantasia playing the role of Mahalia Jackson. We are uninformed and absolutely clueless as to what is going on with this movie.”

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  • SLB

    Another unplanned pregnancy? Wow, she’s a real role model.

    • Scott

      What about an unplanned pregnancy makes someone not a role model? She is an adult. She made a choice and is dealing with it. As long as she can take care of the baby, then nobody should look down on her because it was planned or unplanned.

      • Kat

        Maybe since her baby daddy is married to another woman we can say she’s not a role model.

      • Mizou

        I hate to see a guy with tats all over his body so when I see a woman with too many I just shake my head in disgust! To me its such a turn off and so not cassly. It’s definitely not a good look to me, but getting past that she looks good especially with the weight lost. I dont think she had to lose that much though, just tone up and she would have been good.

    • jerry

      Is she even sure she knows who the father is?

    • Dicazi

      Would you rather have her abort the child?? Would that be a better role model for you?

      • pinky smith

        How many of yall have kids and not married, but yet yall put her down! If she has proved anything , its that u can make it even when life throws many curve balls!

  • ChanChan

    Who said she has to be a role model? She’s an entertainer! Find your role-models elsewhere, please!

    • amy

      I agree with you but, it does seem like she would have learned how to use birth control by now. She can certainly afford health insurance!!!

      • ChanChan

        Maybe she wanted to get pregnant. She’s a grown woman who can afford to have children. Maybe it was her choice to get pregnant, and if not, who cares? She’s a grown woman. Why are people making comments like “she would have learned how to use birth control,” maybe she does know and chose not to. It’s her body and her decision. As long as she isn’t asking for a handout then who cares?

      • amy

        Well if she “wanted” to get pregnant by a married man, then she has more problems than being a single Mom! She’s crazy!

    • lisa g.

      spot on chan chan. ppl need to raise their own bay-bays and stop looking to celebrities otherwise known as strangers!

  • lisa g.

    and whos looking for a mahalia jackson bio anyway!? no offense to her family but this doesnt even seem worthy enough for Lifetime!

    • amy

      Mahalia Jackson was a legendary gospel singer and civil rights activist. Fantasia would be perfect to play the part!

      • lisa g

        I know who she is but still doesn’t seem like something other than a very SMALL group of ppl would be remotely interested in.

      • Dandi

        Im looking faowrrd to the new show look i had the chance to see her twice while i was in vegas and its flawless but all good things sometimes need a vamp for anyone who gets the chance to see her its just amazing and she looks like she is in her earlie 30 s it will make u scream and yell like a child in santas lampVA:F [1.9.15_1155]please wait…VA:F [1.9.15_1155](from 0 votes)

  • ras

    why didnt yall address that the production and the family apology to fantasia for the rumors it was in the new york post the family said that is false info there not mad at fantasia for getting pregnant

    • gazmo

      ur post maks u siem liik a moreon

      • Jpx

        Are you serious?

  • Rand0528

    Fantasia is a grown ass woman. Baby daddy has been separated from his wife, divorce not finalized. Who cares if that ever happens. Fantasia is not the first & defintely not the last. Get over it “public”. Fantasia would be perfect for that role. All you haters stop hating and clean up your own yard, because none of us are perfect.

    • Bryan

      about a movie how do we know she said this we waited so long for thngis and then find out its not true the only true thing we know is about the movie and ceasers she never said about a live dvd or cd she needs to say more in a interview then just talk about ceasers or obamaVA:F [1.9.15_1155]please wait…VA:F [1.9.15_1155](from 0 votes)

    • Antonio

      I love this girl- she is the most underrated winenr on American Idol- I dont think I watched it since she was last on it. She seems very humble and down to earth and is looking good! Go Tasia!!!Have to hold my comments on her acting in the upcoming movie until I see it. That made for TV movie had a good idea, good story but I don’t think she pulled it off. Nevertheless I am rooting for her!

  • amy

    Punctuation would be nice! Get a headache reading your post. lol

    • amy

      ^@ ras

  • Jpx

    This what happens when you grow up uneducated and illiterate. What a pathetic stereotype.

    • lisa g

      Geez well at least she’s grown! Its her life! Dumb? Yes but Wgaf. Its her deal!

    • Scott

      So according to you what happens when your uneducated and illiterate is you go on to win the nations biggest reality competition show, pull you and your family out of poverty, win a grammy, and as a GROWN adult decide to have a baby? what a patheric sterotype indeed!

      • lisa g

        LOL yeah I agree. While she’s FAR from perfect, Jpx’s comment is absurd! January Jones just had a baby out of wedlock…these judgmental ppl best get over to that story n bash her!

    • BamaPhilip

      “This what happens……” Are you referring to your illiterate self?

      • Tegan

        I am on FB for the NoH8 campaign, and I alsomt went to the same photoshoot by adam. to get your picture taken you have to pay $40.Part of the conditions is that you have to wear a plain white V neck shirt. Out of all of the photos my adam for the NoH8 picture set, this one of Cher does not make sense, part of the condition to get your pictures taken is to wear a plain white, or minimal white clothing. Compared to all the other peoples she has way way to much elaborate clothing.Truth is anybody with photoshop could put in Adam’s Name and have their own photoshoot. If it was actually real and news the Cherworld webmaster would have posted it up because it would be legit news. It’s easy to find out if this is true. Adam can be contacted through facebook or even his own website. We should just ask.VA:F [1.9.15_1155]please wait…VA:F [1.9.15_1155](from 0 votes)

  • Dee Jones

    I hope the film see the light of day. This incredible woman`s story needs to be told. At first, I had my reservations about Fantasia playing Mahalia, but she has the showmanship to pull it off, she just gotta get her acting and act together!

    • Olympia

      The only American Idol that I feel DESERVED to win. This girl cant just sing she can SANG!!! I was watching her this past Sunday on Bobby Jones Gospel Mothers Day and the girl brouhgt tears to my eyes. You can tell that when she sings she sings from her soul! Go Tasia and she looks good with or without the weight. You know those country men like it thick lol

  • Joshua

    Fantasia is the only person in my opinion that can do Mahalia Jackson justice. I hope the movie get made cause it’s time for the industry to finally rise up and take notice of Fantasia and gives the respect that she deserves.

    • lisa g

      Wow. Well that is very subjective! Not to mention I believe she’s been nominated for a Grammy…not sure how much more u want!

      • Joshua

        Fantasia won her first Grammy

  • Jack

    Maybe she can go on Maury show and find out who the father is! Lol

    • lisa g.

      Hate to burst ur stereotype bubble but she knows who the dad is! The issue is is he married, divorced, separated…..?

      • Justin

        You must be an unwed mother living off welfare food stamps?

  • tandra Smoots

    peopl shouldnt worry about her ,im sure most of u dont have u priorities straight to be knckin someone for theirs! shes grown and she make her own decisions so until yall have an unplanned prenancy than u can complain!

  • Joshua

    Stop worrying about Fantasia and her situation, and worry about your own life. It’s funny how people want to be quick to judge everybody else but don’t like it when somebody judge them.

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  • key

    why does it matter its her business its fantasia that has to raise the baby not you..he said he was separated so thats what she went off of..if ppl would mind their own business the world would be a better place

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