"I just wanted to stay out of the public eye a bit," Barba told The Washington Post in an interview published in the newspaper's June 3 edition.
For those with short memories, of course, Antonella was very much in the public eye - and not wearing much as she chilled there - during her stint on American Idol. Controversial naked, oral sex photos of the singer cropped up on the Web.
The Post reported the Catholic University student plans to take summer classes in an effort to make-up the work she missed while competing on Idol's sixth season, with the goal being to graduate from the Washington, D.C.-area school with her friends next spring.
"If I want to do music, I'll have to pursue it. Wouldn't it be great if I could do [both school and music]?" Barba said, letting down men everywhere that hoped she'd accept an offer to pose in Playboy as opposed to either of the aforementioned options.
Once Barba was eliminated from Idol, she openly wondered how the photos were released in the first place. Good friend, Amanda Coluccio, has denied playing any role in the incident.
In the end, most people forgot about Antonella as Lewis, Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks battled for the Idol crown. Barba said it's a chapter in her life that's already been written and she can only learn from the lessons it taught her... despite not knowing what they are yet.
"I don't regret going on American Idol," the beauty said. "I'm thankful for the opportunities... Even if you've made right or wrong decisions, you can't regret them, because you've learned from them. Everything happens for a reason. I'd like to know what it is, though."
Some things may remain a mystery, though. Like why Lindsay Lohan is holding a knife to the throat of Vanessa Minnillo.