Report: Fantasia testifies she knew Antwaun Cook was married
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The singer had previously admitted the relationship but said then that she didn’t know Cook was married. Wife Paula Cook in early August filed for divorce, seeking custody and alimony and citing ‘alienation of affection’ -- essentially, home-wrecking. Adultery is still a crime in North Carolina.
Two sources in the courtroom spoke to CNN but asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.
Though no reporters were allowed at the hearing, Radar Online cited sources, including a Cook family member, as saying Fantasia testified she’d been pregnant and gotten an abortion shortly before her Aug. 9 suicide attempt.
That suicide attempt, incidentally, was chronicled for her VH1 reality show, ‘Fantasia for Real.’ In the most recent episode of the show (see a clip below) she and Antwaun discuss whether he was with his wife or not -- and he tells her he’s always been separated. She says later that she doesn’t know if she’ll see him again.
Barrino and Paula Cook met for mediation Nov. 1, Radar reported, with the singer reportedly willing to hand over $100,000, but Paula unwilling to settle without Fantasia admitting she’d known Antwaun Cook was married.
Barrino performed in Charlotte last week, making little mention of her recent troubles except for ‘a quick and playful midshow film that dismissed her detractors’ and some tearful words about self-acceptance and personal growth, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Fantasia’s tour swings by Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Wednesday.
For the record, Dec. 22: Antwaun Cook’s first name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.
-- Christie D’Zurilla