Fantasia Barrino gave birth to a boy, Dallas Xavier Barrino, Tuesday in North Carolina.
In a statement to People, the season-three “American Idol” winner said, “I feel so blessed that my son, Dallas Xavier, was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family. I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support.”
In an interview with Wendy Williams back in October, the singer revealed that she was expecting a son by the end of December. Fantasia, 27, has remained quiet about who the father of Dallas is, but she has been linked to on-again, off-again boyfriend Antwaun Cook since 2010. This is the second child for the singer, who has a 10-year-old daughter, Zion, from a previous relationship.
In August, Fantasia announced she was pregnant during a show in Florida. “You are the first persons that I share this news with. And I share this with you because I can relate to you,” she told the Jacksonville crowd. “And for a while I walked around figuring out what will they say and what will they think about me. But now I tell you, I don’t live my life for folk. This child that I carry, God has given me this child. And I don’t have to hide it from none of y’all.”
Life for Barrino has been on the mend since the summer of 2010, when she made headlines for suffering a drug overdose after ingesting a combination of aspirin and a sleep aid. Rumors abounded that the singer’s alleged relationship with Cook, who was married at the time, was a factor in her suicide attempt. She quickly recovered, however, to promote her album Bittersweet.
In her 2010 “Behind the Music” special, Barrino addressed her ups and downs, concluding, “I know that I am beautiful and special. I am who I am — and that’s what makes me Fantasia.”
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