Breaking News: Fantasia Can't Read

American Idol Fantasia Barrino recently revealed that she is illiterate. The good news is that she is currently learning to read from a private tutor. Fantasia recently appeared on ABC's 20/20 for an up-close and personal interview to promote her new book.

According to EUR Web, promoting her new book "Life is Not a Fairy Tale" on ABC's "20/20" Friday, "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino revealed for the first time that she is functionally illiterate and had to put on a front during scripted portions of the Fox talent show during her run in 2004.
"You're illiterate to just about everything. You don't want to misspell," Fantasia, 21, told "20/20." "So that, for me, kept me in a box and I didn't, wouldn't come out."
The singer admitted to signing record deals and contracts that she couldn’t read or understand, and said the most heartbreaking part of the ordeal is not being able to read to her 4-year-old daughter, Zion.
"That hurts really bad," she said, adding that her mother and brother have also struggled with literacy, and she is now learning to read from a tutor.
Also in her memoir, which she dictated to a freelance writer, Fantasia reveals that she was raped in the ninth grade by a classmate. She says she blamed her flirtation and provocative attire for the attack. Later that year, the singer dropped out of high school and became pregnant with Zion at 17.
We wish Fantasia the best. Hollyhood has her back!


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