Fantasia Barrino On Her Future: ‘I’m Still Gonna Be Barefoot’

Singer can't wait to go to Target and, oh yeah, work with Prince.

Fantasia Barrino was an early favorite to win the third season of “American Idol,” and after being nearly eliminated twice, the 19-year-old from High Point, North Carolina, pulled through (see ” ‘I Made It’ Declares Tearful ‘Idol’ Winner Fantasia Barrino” ).

Q: You broke your shoe, yet you danced with them on for your last performance.

Fantasia Barrino: I wanted to take them off ’cause I hate shoes. Everywhere I go I’m barefoot. But I thought, “I’m not gonna do it. I’m gonna hop in this one shoe.”

Q: You said the best thing about winning “American Idol” is you can take care of your daughter without having to borrow money. Where did you work before?

Barrino: My grandmother has her own day care [facility] and I would go down and help her out. She wouldn’t pay me for it, but she would bless me and say, “I know you need things for Zion, so here’s a little change to go get it.” I don’t have to do that anymore. I can say, “Here you go, go over and get whatever kind of lollipop you want.”

Q: There were theories that your votes went down as America learned you were a single mom. Did you feel any backlash?

Barrino: I worked harder because I knew that people thought that. Just because I have a child, it doesn’t change me, it just makes me a great mom. I sacrificed and I left my child for three months and I came out here and worked hard. I feel like a good mom. I’m a strong woman now. I fought so that my child can have the best. Don’t look down on me, pray for me.

Q: Be honest, did you have a feeling after Tuesday’s show that you had it won?

Barrino: You never know. Diana DeGarmo is a very talented girl. She’s a powerhouse. I said, “You know what, it doesn’t matter. I made it to the top two out of 70,000 people.”

Q: You were called a diva throughout the season. Do you have diva-like qualities?

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Barrino: I don’t feel like a diva. I don’t know, I like clothes. I like to dress. I’ll put on a purple shoe with a red shoe, it don’t matter as long as it looks good.

Q: So you won’t be demanding just the green M&M’s or the $3,000 manicure?

Barrino: No, no, no, no. You’ll see me in Target, just wilding out in Target.

Q: What exactly is the Bobo?

Barrino: I keep remixing the Bobo, so I gotta stick with one. It’s my victory dance.

Q: When you introduced yourself in the semi-finals you said, “My lips are big, but my talent is bigger.” Of all the ways to introduce yourself …

Barrino: I used to hate my lips when I was a kid. They cracked on my lips really bad, saying, “Your lips are big.” But they not goin’ nowhere, so I learned to love them. So I cracked on ‘em first before any of these kids could crack on my lips.

Q: How important is your faith in all of this?

Barrino: I’ve been in church all my life. I always thank the people, but if it hadn’t been for God, I wouldn’t be here. He’s the one that puts the breath in my body. He gave me the gift. So every time I sing I offer it back up.

Q: What’s the first thing you’ll do when you go back home?

Barrino: The first thing I want to do is go to an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

Q: What can we expect from you in the future?

Barrino: I’m still not gonna change. I’m still gonna be barefoot. All I have now is a story to tell, which I will through my music.

Q: Is there anyone in particular you want to work with?

Barrino: I have to say Aretha Franklin. I would love to do a song with her ’cause she is my girl. I want to do a song with a lot of people, even Prince. If I can find him. He is on the go. Slow down so I can do a song with you, Prince!

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