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Antwaun Cook has finally spoken out about his relationship with Fantasia Barrino.

Or at least Cooke's lawyer has done so on her client's behalf. In a statement released today, Nicole Sodoma writes that Cook wants to "address the criticism and judgment he has received" for cheating on his wife with the American Idol champion.

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"He knew Fantasia Barrino, but the failure of his marriage can in no way be blamed on anyone except the two people that were a part of the union – Paula and Antwaun," the statement reads.

Paula Cook brought this affair to light when she filed court documents earlier this month alleging a sex tape exists between her husband and Fantasia.

Cooks admit to dating Barrino "on and off for about 11 months," but says Fantasia was under the impression his marriage was over during this time.

"[Paula and Antwaun] expected their marriage to stand the test of time," said Sodoma. "Unfortunately, like many marriages, it did not turn out as planned. In late summer 2009, after years of discussion, the parties separated with the intention of no longer being married."

Fantasia recently thanked fans for their support and confirmed a series of promotional appearances over the next few weeks on behalf of her new album.

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Just a few days removed from a hospitalization for a rumored suicide attempt, Fantasia Barrino is getting back to work.

The singer's new album, "Back to Me," comes out on Facebook and Amazon today, which means scheduled promotional appearances the artist will fulfill. In a statement, Fantasia says:

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"I can't thank my fans enough for their prayers and support during such a challenging time. It has given me the motivation to get back to work and honor the commitments I made to promote Back To Me. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this album and I pray that everyone enjoys it as much as I do."

The challenging time to which Fantasia alludes is based around an alleged affair with Antwaun Cook, as well as a possible lawsuit from his spurned wife and the rumor of a sex tape between the couple.

Over the weekend, Barrino and Cook were filmed together by a VH1 camera crew. This has caused many to speculate that the recent drama in the singer's life has simply been concocted for Fantasia for Real, the reality show still set to premiere on September 19.

We'll leave that for readers to debate and simply say for now that Barrino's promotional appearances kick off on August 24 on Good Morning America. She'll then perform later in the month on Lopez Tonight, Live with Regis & Kelly and The Wendy Williams Show.

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Following a scary overdose and hospital admission, Fantasia Barrino is finally home.

The singer is recovering from a tumultuous couple of weeks her father says, as he's released a statement thanking followers for their love and assuring all of us his daughter will be okay.

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"Fantasia was pleased with all the messages of support from her fans, but just now she just needs to rest and bring everything back together," Joseph Barrino said. "This has been a difficult time but she will pull through.”

As for Fantasia's daughter, Zion, Mr. Barrino says the young girl "was staying with both myself and her grandmother but she is back with Fantasia now."

"She is getting a lot of comfort with being with her daughter and the doctors have told her just to rest," Joseph added. "My daughter just needs time – she is a strong girl and with God’s help she will be okay."

Unfortunately, Fantasia's troubles may just be beginning. Because her native North Carolina is one of the few states that still has certain adultery laws on the books, she could actually be sued for having an affair with Antwaun Cook.

At last check, Paula Cook was mighty steamed over her husband's relationship with the singer and might take legal action against them both. We'll keep readers apprised of any developments, and simply wish a healthy recovery to Fantasia for now.

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With Fantasia Barrino having been released from the hospital following her overdose on aspirin this week (manager Brian Dickens says his client "has been lifted up by the outpouring of love and support from her fans"), celebrity gossip followers are left with one question:

Who, exactly, is Antwaun Cook?

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This married man is at the center of the Fantasia drama, as a recent statement from the singer acknowledged an 11-month relationship him, one that definitely included matching tattoos and may have included a sex tape, at least according to Antwaun wife, Paula.

Here's what we can tell readers about Antwaun Cook:

  • He met Fantasia while managing a T-Mobile store in Charlotte.
  • The singer was interested in him because he was not in the music industry. "He's just a regular dude," she told People months ago.
  • He's an East Carolina University graduate and former member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
  • He obtained his real estate license in 2006 and joined the firm Keller Williams Realty this month.

Despite Fantasia supposed belief that Cook and his wife separated last year, legal documents confirm they only started living apart in June 2010. They also have two kids together.

Barrino could also be in extra trouble due to the location of her residence: North Carolina is one of seven states that allows a party to sue a "home wrecker."

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Less than 48 hours after the tragic Fantasia overdose, in which the former American Idol winner was rushed to a North Carolina hospital Monday night, the 911 call a friend placed to authorities has been released.

During the panicked conversation, an unidentified acquaintance says Fantasia is "slowly losing consciousness" after ingesting a bottle of aspirin.

The caller adds that Barrino has been placed in the shower to keep her awake and is breathing on her own. Listen for yourself:

A report from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department classified the incident as a "suicide attempt."

Yesterday, Fantasia's rep released a statement, saying Barrino "was totally overwhelmed with the lawsuit" brought on this week by Paula Cole and is "heartbroken and sorry for any pain she may have caused."

Sources now say Barrino is home and resting safely. We wish her a speedy recovery.

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With a cheating scandal and even sex tape rumors floating around her, Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized with a "medical overdose" last night.

According to WCNC.com, the singer was taken to a North Carolina hospital around 9 p.m. with a condition the reports describes as NOT life-threatening.

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At the moment, it's unclear whether or not this overdose was intentional.

As we've detailed over the last couple days, a woman named Paula Cook has accused Fantasia of sleeping with her husband. She even alleges that Barrino and Antwaun Cook made a sex tape together.

Through her reps, the former American Idol champion denied responsibility for ruining the Cook's marriage yesterday, though didn't entirely shoot down the affair accusation.

In mid-July, Fantasia abandoned her Twitter account with the following, cryptic message:  Learn How to up lift your People, pray 4 Them, and Not be so quick to Judge and put them Down And: I’m Only Human.

** UPDATE: Fantasia's rep has released the following statement on this incident and the rumored relationship with Antwaun Cook...

Fantasia has always been an open book. Honesty, self-respect, and personal responsibility are values she wears proudly.

Fantasia believed Mr. Cook when he told her he was not happy in his marriage and his heart was not in it. She believed him when he told her he and Mrs. Cook separated in the late summer of 2009. She believed Mr. Cook when he told her he lived elsewhere.

He even took her there. One of Mr. Cook’s most redeeming qualities was his complete devotion to his children. Fantasia fell in love with Mr. Cook and believed that he loved her.

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Is there really a Fantasia sex tape?

Earlier this week, Paula Cole filed for divorce from her husband and cited his affair with the former American Idol champion as the basis for their break-up. In court documents, she even claimed Fantasia and Antwaun Cook "recorded their illicit activity."

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In other words: they went all Kim and Ray J on each other!

Now, through her reps, Barrino is speaking out against the allegations - and sort of, kind of, partially denying them.

Would you tape yourself hitting this? Possibly, if you're Antwaun Cook.

Fantasia's manager, Brian Dickens, has released a statement that says his client is "certain that she is not responsible for the deterioration of the Cook's marriage." It also reads:

"Fantasia will weather this storm with the dignity and grace that she has exemplified throughout a life in which she has repeatedly overcome obstacles and challenges. Fantasia's faith in God, herself and family remain as strong as ever."

Speaking to TMZ, meanwhile, Fantasia's lawyer grew even harsher. Said Gena Morris: "Mrs. Cook gratuitously included claims about Fantasia to sensationalize that litigation and to insure that her tale would be picked up by tabloids."

THG is making no judgment, nor are we taking a side. But there's not actually a denial of relations between Barrino and Cook anywhere in here from Fantasia's team, is there?

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Fantasia Barrino received solid reviews for starring turn on Broadway in The Color Purple.

But if new allegations prove correct, this won't be the singer's most memorable performance.

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According to court documents filed by a woman named Paula Cook, the former American Idol champion carried on an affair with Cook's husband - and even made a sex tape with him!

North Carolina television station WCNC uncovered the divorce papers, filed by Cook, which demand child support payments from estranged husband Antwaun and cite a relationship between him and Fantasia. Paula states the two started sleeping with each other in August 2009.

Paula goes on to write: "Throughout the course of their adulterous affair... Defendant/Husband and Ms. Barrino have at times recorded their illicit activity."

She also claims that Fantasia once called her on the phone and taunted: "He don’t want you. Maybe the next time that you get a husband you'll know how to keep him. That's why he is here with me."

Rumors of an affair between Barrino and Antwaun Cook first surfaced late last year. They were the latest in a series of personal mishaps for the star, who has faced numerous financial problems, including foreclosure.

On the plus, side, though, if a sex tape truly exists, she can peddle the heck out of it and make millions. Just call Montana Fishburne for advice, Fantasia.

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Take comfort, Taylor Hicks. You are no longer the least succesful American Idol champion of all-time.

Following her third season victory on the country's top-rated program, Fantasia Barrino has seen her life spiral downward. She starred in The Color Purple on Broadway, but recently faced foreclosure on her home, along with general financial problems.

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Now, reports indicate that Fantasia's personal life has grown even messier.

According to Star, Barrino is living with Antwaun Cook, a married father of two that left his wife to be with her. She met the former college football player in August and sources say he abandoned his young sons to move into Fantasio's Charlotte mansion.

“I’m not going to deny that the word ‘homewrecker’ is floating around,” said a friend of the singer's.

Reportedly, Fantasia has even tattooed Antwaun name on her shoulder, always a good idea in any relationship. Those decisions never come back to haunt those that make them.

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