Sex tape, divorce accusations dog “Idol’s” Fantasia
Adultery charges takes toll
Rumors have circulated recently that “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino may have taken a page out of the Paris Hilton playbook and recorded a sex tape. To add insult to injury, the guy she is accused of making it with, Antwaun Cook, is a married man. Barrino may have also attempted suicide, because of the media circus the situation has caused.
The controversy began when rumors began floating around that Fantasia was dating Cook, and had been doing so on-and-off for nearly a year. The singer never completely denied having a relationship with Cook, but maintained that he and his wife were separated at the time.
The situation worsened last week, when Paula Cook—Antwaun’s wife—filed for divorce seeking full custody of the couples’ two children, child support, alimony, the family home, and a car. In her petition, Cook stated that Barrino and her husband frequented celebrity parties, bars, nightclubs, and premieres together and that her husband enjoyed the lavish benefits of the high-profile relationship. Paula Cook is also responsible for the rumors of the alleged sex tape saying in her petition that they have “at times recorded their illicit sexual activity.”
The overwhelming media roller coaster that commenced afterward led Barrino to swallow a bottle of aspirin and sleeping aids, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, who responded to a 911 call.
Barrino was hospitalized for two days due to the risk of possible internal injuries from ingesting the medication but has since returned home. Brian Dickens, Fantasia’s manager who called the authorities, told sources, “she is in great condition, very stable, very alert, and looking forward to returning to work.”
He also maintains that the incident was not a suicide attempt.
“Fantasia was heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused,” said Dickens. “She believed (Cook), when he told her that he and Mrs. Cook were separated in late summer of 2009.
She was overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the allegations.”
The lawsuit in question is particularly important because North Carolina, where all parties reside, is one of only seven states that have the “alienation of affection” law which according to Hatcher Law Group in Charlotte states:
“Alienation of Affections is a civil action against a third party lover for that lover’s conduct that deprived the plaintiff of the love and affection that previously existed between plaintiff and his or her spouse. The plaintiff does not have to show evidence of adultery.”
What this essentially says, is that Mrs. Cook doesn’t have to prove that there was an actual affair, only that as a result of Barrino’s ongoing interaction with her husband, she was deprived of the love and affection that she would have normally received had Barrino not interfered.
With a quick look at the Internet this may not be particularly hard to prove with the numerous pictures of Fantasia and Cook vacationing together; the couple walking hand in hand; the tattoo reading “Cook” that Fantasia has on her shoulder; and if the alleged sex tapes surface denying a relationship will not come easily.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—“American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez and her husband of seven years, singer Marc Anthony, announced today they were splitting up.
“We have decided to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement.
“This was a very difficult decision. We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”
Candice Glover could barely remember her own name after she was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday.
“I’m still trying to process the whole thing, I don’t even know what’s happening,” she told the press backstage. “It feels amazing though that I finally got to this point; I’ve been working for so long.”
If “American Idol” producers really are planning to toss aside all of the show’s judges, as rumors have suggested, they only have three left to go.
On Thursday night, Randy Jackson confirmed that he’s departing the long-running reality competition, meaning the show no longer has any of its original judges.
Randy Jackson, the last original “American Idol” judge, announced Thursday that he’s voting himself off the hit singing competition program after the current season ends.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided to leave after this season,” Jackson said in a statement, released through his representative.
Along with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, the musician and producer was one of three judges when the Fox show debuted in 2002.
Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” might not be the only Fox singing competition headed for another season of change.
The Hollywood Reporter heard whispers from sources in the know that the network’s “American Idol” was considering swapping new judge Mariah Carey for former judge Jennifer Lopez.
Lopez departed the competition along with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in 2012 after two seasons aboard the series, but THR notes that she did cultivate a solid fan following.