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Fantasia Barrino Net Worth, Biography & Wiki 2017
Fantasia Monique Barrino was born on 30 June 1984, in High Point, North Carolina USA, and is an R ‘n’ B singer and actress, who rose to prominence in 2004 when she appeared in the TV show American Idol 3, which she won and which opened the door to success. She released the song “I Believe”, which charted in the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and the release of the first single and her TV appearance obviously increased the popularity of Fantasia, and certainly added significantly to her net worth.
So just how rich is Fantasia, as of late 2017? It is estimated that Fantasia’s net worth is already over $4 million, accumulated during her relatively short career in the music industry.
Fantasia Barrino Net Worth $4 Million
Fantasia was born into a religious family, and sang in church, which was when she realized that she would like to be a singer. Fantasia has written an autobiographical book entitled Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, in which she recounts the story of her life from an early age. Before Fantasia came to prominence, her life was completely different and she faced many problems – Barrino attended Andrews High School, where she was raped by a classmate and so decided to drop out of school, and in 2001 gave birth to a daughter, Zion Quari Barrino , so at 17 Fantasia was an uneducated and unmarried woman with a child, living in poverty in High Point, North Carolina, and taking odd jobs to support her family. Fortunately, life took a different turn when Fantasia participated in and won the American Idol contest. As a result, Fantasia was well on the way to becoming rich. It is worth mentioning that the eventual release of her memoir caused discord between Fantasia and her father, who even sued his daughter for $10 million because he took umbrage at the things Fantasia had written about him.
After her victory, Fantasia signed a $1 million contract with J Records. Her debut album Free Yourself was certified platinum and nominated for four Grammy awards; consequently, Fantasia’s net worth significantly increased and she became much more famous. In total, Fantasia has now released four albums. Additionally, for the single “Bittersweet” Fantasia was rewarded with a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Besides performing in concerts and releasing albums, Fantasia on occasion appears in films and in the theatre, including playing herself in the film “The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale”, with actress Viola Davis playing the role of Fantasia’s mother. Fantasia also starred in the Broadway musicals “The Color Purple” and “After Midnight”, which performances also enlarged Fantasia’s net worth.
In her personal life, Fantasia gave birth to a son, Dallas Xavier Barrino in 2011. Having dated footballer Michael Clayton and rapper YoungDro, Fantasia married businessman Kendall Taylor in 2015. As her net worth increased, her lifestyle changed too: she used to own multiple homes, including one located in Glynmoor Lakes at Piper community which at one time was almost foreclosed to pay debts the singer had accumulated. Fantasia is also fond of designer brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin and Blackberry. Fantasia also enjoys relaxing in the Caribbean.
As a consequence of her experiences, Fantasia has always shown compassion for single mothers, and is rumoured to have planned to launch a chain of beauty salons, the profits of which are to be used to build a home for single mothers.