When the “I Believe” singer was at one of her lowest points, Fantasia revealed that writer/director Tyler Perry (pictured right) helped her bounce back. “Tyler Perry’s actually a good friend of mine,” she told Mac. “He would call and check up on me. He was one of the ones, when I lost everything, he came and blessed me. And I thank him for that.” She said Perry helped her better understand her financial challenges. “You look around and you could be working for 10 years, you’ve got all these people on your team, you’re paying this person, that person, and you look up, and you don’t have no money in the bank because you’ve given it to everybody else … You have a gift and you’re allowing everybody else to profit off of the gift.”
Perhaps it was the positive relationship between Perry and Barrino that inspired her most profound act yet.
Fantasia Barrino ‘married’ herself as an act of self-love
Although the road back was rough, American Idol‘s Fantasia Barrino said she spent the years after her overdose “building myself back up.” In fact, in a symbolic act of self-love, Fantasia “married” herself. As she told talk show host Harry Connick Jr., “I felt like before true love could come I needed to learn how to love myself again … I was so busy trying to take care of everybody else, so busy looking for that love that I was ending up in all the wrong situations … and so I said I’m going to marry myself … I’m going to focus on Fantasia.”
Barrino now wants to do for others what Tyler Perry did for her. She wants to pay it forward by serving as an inspiration for those who’ve faced seemingly insurmountable pain. “It’s been a massive journey of so many great and bad things, but all necessary,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve got to get out here to be present with people and showing them love and how you can fall down but get back up.”