Fantasia Barrino

*Fantasia hit up “The Tammi Mac Show” in L.A. following the BET Awards, where she dished about how she stays in great shape and why she cooks her own food, drives her own car and does everything for herself, MadameNoire reports.

She also spoke on Tyler Perry’s empowering speech at the BET Awards and the importance of owning your own. 

“Tyler Perry’s actually a good friend of mine. 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. “Everything he said last night is true. 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. That’s what I said about prostituting your gift. You have a gift and you’re allowing everybody else to profit off of the gift. So I love what he said.”

Peep additional highlights from her conversation with Tammy below.

Tammi Mac: Do you think it’s easier to do that, and I’m asking this for people who are like us, regular people, do you think it’s easier, being a celebrity having access to chefs and cooks and money to be able to buy the things you need?

Fantasia: No, ’cause I’m regular. I don’t like the whole celebrity thing.

Tammi Mac: Yeah, but you have more money than we have, Fantasia.

Fantasia: You don’t know that. A lot of artists that you see, they look like they have it and we smile and we come out and we put on a good show, but in real life some of them are struggling and we don’t have it. I’m just now building myself back up. I lost everything twice. So, I cook my own food. I don’t need no chef, I’m from North Carolina, my grandma and my mama taught me how to cook. I cook my own food, I don’t have a chef. I go get my own groceries. I don’t have a driver, I drive my own car. That’s fake. I don’t want that life or else I quit. I don’t want it. It’s already a lot out here in the industry. I don’t want that life. I’m just like you, sis. I’m just like you. So no, I cook my own food. You’ve got to pay the trainers, but sometimes I get people to come in and just say, “Yo, we just want to work with you. Post me.” I’m like cool, but I also tell them, too, God gave you gifts and talent and you can’t always give it for free. So I bless them for blessing me. So I cook my own food, I think you can do it yourself, and yeah, it’s not that for me. And I don’t want it to be that for me. If I had the money to do it, I still wouldn’t do it.

Fanny owned the stage at the 2019 BET Awards, performing the new song “Enough” from her upcoming album “Sketchbook.” She dedicated her performance to her brother, Xavier Barrino, who was critically injured in a near-fatal motorcycle crash in 2017. 

ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke with the singer on the red carpet at the event in Los Angeles on Sunday, where she shared an update on Xavier.

“My little brother, who got into an accident not too long ago, he’ll be walking soon,” Fantasia said. “He had his last surgery, and I believe this is when he’ll get up and walk, so I’m dedicating my performance to him tonight.” 

“I think [it’ll make me emotional],” she added. “And it’s going to make me sang. Not sing, but sang.”


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