‘I Want A Public Apology:’ Fantasia Publicly Chastises ‘JET’ Magazine For Cover Photo

February 21, 2013  |  


Fantasia Barrino has been no stranger to controversy since her 2004 American Idol win. Whether her personal life is being discussed or her ability to read is being questioned, you can almost guarantee that at least one of the parties participating in the conversation has something negative to say about her. The latest conflict with Tasia’s name attached to it has been public beef with JET Magazine, after she saw the photo that the publication used of her on the cover of their latest issue. The way in which it appears, Tasia sent the magazine photos that she wanted them to use for the issue, but instead, they selected an older photo from some time ago. It seems that as opposed to handling the matter with JET privately, she took to her Instagram page to blast them and question their credibility.

“This saddens Me!!! It is clear that this picture is 10 Years Old and JET Magazine puts it on the Cover!! After I send them the NEW LOOK AND DIRECTION. . SAD!!! I WANT A PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM JET. Now im not sure if the interview is correct. SEE!! America they and use me as they crash Dummy BUT NO MORE. IF I DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING ILL FALL FOR ANYTHING.”

While I do understand Tasia’s plight, I’m not sure if using social media to blast  JET was the answer. It just seems bad for business. It’s unfortunate that such negativity will now be tied to her interview in the current issue, as it appeared to be very positive. During her chat with the magazine, she discussed learning to let go of pain through self-love.

I am finally able to love myself. The main thing I wanted in life was peace and freedom; the ability to let go…You could say the stage saved me because when I’m in front of people I carry my pain and soul…That is my salvation.”

She also addressed being the single mom of two beautiful children.

“I’m single and happy. I have a great relationship with both of my children’s fathers… If you catch me with either of them, we are not together— we are just being good parents. All I’m focused on right now is music and my kids.”

What do you think of the way that Fantasia handled the cover photo incident? Was she justified in publicly going after them?  


Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

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  • Ann R. Key

    Has anyone seen the pictures that Fantasia wanted Jet Magazine to use? It is odd that the magazine would use a photo that Fantasia says is 10 years old. Did the magazine believe that the public would not recognize Fantasia with the photos that she submitted? Inquiring minds want to know. I do not know whether I fault her for going public with her complaint. It’s nice to keep certain things private, but the photo, I’m not so sure. Would love an explanation from Jet Magazine on the reasons they went to the archives.

  • JaneJane

    I see her point, but if she participated in an interview there had to be an agreement (contract) of her control and their rights as a publication to post what they feel will sell the magazine…Just Business.

  • Estylo702

    I feel like the author of this article definitely stretched the truth. We have no idea that Fantatsia’s team did not contact Jet about this issue. Even if they did, she still has a right to defend herself. Why wouldn’t she defend an old picture on a public magazine……PUBLICLY?The most JET would have done was issued an apology. With that, we still would not have known how she felt. To all of the ladies saying she is not classy; you are hypocrites. You can’t tell me you have not logged on to YELP to trash a restaurant that served cold food; or posted a pic of your messed up hair cut on Instgram, blaming your hairdresser on why you are going to look like a wild banchee for the next month.

  • JET Magazine doesn’t owe Fantasia anything…in fact, the magazine should apologize to its readers for subjecting them to her wackiness and whining. Fantasia is ignorant and lacking in class. You would think with her having some years in the business (not to mention being an adult with children in the real world), she would have learned and picked up skills on how to carry herself publicly and professionally, to know something about the business to better herself. Think again…she continues to exhibit immature and foolish behavior with questionable decisions and outbursts. She seems to be confused about life, and not able to take any criticism whatsoever. Yeah, it’s tough, but a lot of the negativity she faces is of her own making. Get off Instagram and into some continuing adult education courses Fantasia, and realize that it’s hard out there…don’t make it any harder for yourself by being a fool and refusing to grow.

  • lalatarea

    Am I the only person who doesn’t see a difference in how she looks now and how she looks in the photo?

  • Coco_is Natural2013

    I agree to disagree with some of Fantansia ways of handling her issues. I think we need to be more focus on why did they use an old photo of her (especially if it wasn’t a request from her) rather than to bash her and calling her an unfit person. None of us is perfect. The point is the photo is not what she wanted. And celeberties talk about their ways of dealing with professional business all the time both good and bad. I read stuff like this all the time with people who have problems with business they talk about on their social media too. It all depends on what was said and how bad was it. And its not bad.

  • adanie12

    Man people are crazy. She couldve just told THEM. Even if they couldn’t change it, its a good looking picture. She looks awesome! Ugh…………SOME people in the world have real worries and things they should be complaining about. This is irrelevant and unimportant. Dang that’s why other countries think Americans are idiots. We complain about the dumbest things.

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Fantasia, where do I put in my application. I need to be on you public relations team and get you on the right track. . .

  • Okay, she had up to date photos and they used an older one. Why not just call them and settle it between herself and them? Do you really need public backing to let “Jet” know you’re not happy??

  • fitty-fine

    I get where she’s coming from but young people need to know that social media is not the place to air everything. Sidenote: you can tell she’s young cause after a certain age, you’d be glad they used an old pic of you. LOL ijs…..

    • LOL! She won’t have to worry about “Jet” dealing with her anymore, old pics or new pics!

  • Reese

    I’d be upset too. But like other people already stated she shared her grievances through the wrong channels of communication. That made her seem unprofessional. But I’d love to know why they used such an old picture.

  • me

    I saw this on Instagram last night. SMH. She needs to chill on posting stuff like this. It makes her come off like she’s never satisfied. Not saying she wrong about what Jet did, but she is damaging her already flawed image with these posts.

  • Sharon

    Fantasia should have picked up the phone and contact Jet editor directly since this is an issue that don’t sit well for her. I don’t know why people always want to go directly to social media for things that should be handled face to face or by phone. I know social media is the way to go, but some of the things they are posting, people need to be careful in posting. Once you post it on the internet, it is out there. Even if you “delete” it, it is still out there. I think she should have handled this over the phone.

  • Ms_Mara

    She has a legitimate gripe (who uses such an old picture?) but she went about it the wrong way. Now she won’t have to worry about being on any more of their covers.

  • MissRealuminatti

    She should be happy that Jet put her the cover. On the other hand, they were wrong for using an old photo, but I have a feeling that the pic Fantasia wanted was a hot mess. She has to understand that Jet has a repuation to protect too. They can’t be affiliated with trashy photo covers of a homewrecking hoodrat wearing clothes that don’t fit.

  • Sagittarius81

    Well, I don’t blame her for the old pic, I would want an up-to-date pic of me on a magazine cover too. However, she should go about this issue in a mature manner by personally talk to the people at JET and not take it to INSTAGRAM!

  • IllyPhilly

    Why is she mad? She’s on the cover of Jet and is remaining in the public’s eye. Somebody is caring about what’s going on with her.

  • Liz

    None of us know if she did or didn’t contact Jet.

  • JH

    And people in hell want ice water….*shrugs shoulders*

  • Sha

    I think she was justified and we do not know that she did not also address the issue with them. It is irresponsible for the author of this article to insinuate that she did not contact Jet. Of course her management team took care of that as well – or so I would think. And I applaud her for taking to social media. We find it ok for blogs and every other form of media to invade and report on the lives of these celebrities but find issue when they take to expressing themselves via social media. How else would we have known that she did not approve of the picture or that it was 10yrs old? She had every right and it is not bad for anyones business but Jet – they should have done better by her and any star they choose to grace their cover. Now what they did was bad business.

    • York

      Took the words out of my head! Jet is dead wrong for using an old photo; it’s disrespectful as it suggests the way she looks now isn’t fit for a cover. They’re messing with her brand, which is bad for HER business. Her response is mild compared to what people write on an everyday basis; people who do bad business run the risk of public exposure, and I can appreciate her frustration.

  • i think she could have handled it differently. She could have contacted Jet through her people, like her agent or even emailed them with the picture she wanted. She just created more drama instead of less

  • Why use a picture that’s 10 years old, clearly she has a new look and there is NOTHING wrong with her wanting them to use a more recent photo!

    • Yvette

      You are absolutely correct. However, she could have kept it classy and simply picked up the phone and called them directly instead of being messy and putting it out on social media for the world to see then complain about being used. Fantasia clearly still have alot of growing up to do.

    • MLS2698

      “…SEE!! America they and use me as they crash Dummy BUT NO MORE. IF I DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING ILL FALL FOR ANYTHING.”

      And when see takes it to social media…..people will still say she can’t reede or whright. Now, what I wrote was a pun, but was her statement meant to be funny?

  • It just shows how ignorant she is…be gone homewrecker…

    • Sha

      Because you feel she is a homewrecker any wrong done to her is OK? Now who sounds ignorant.

      • MissRealuminatti

        That’s not what she meant. Tasia is ignorant because she doesn’t know how to conduct herself like a classy business woman. Her publicist and management team need to handle this. I have never heard Beyonce talking crap online about some of the less than flattering photos that are out. Her team handles that kind of mess. So yeah, Tasia is ignorant and a homewrecker is a homewrecker.

        • Sheena

          Who’s to say that they didn’t. and this is exactly WHY she went public because any private and backroom convos her fans and the public would never have known about. Stop beating this girl up. AND Beyonce DID just 2 weeks ago at the Super have her team request that SEVERAL photos be banned from the internet and destroyed. Your just throwing stones and making stuff up.

          • Did we really need to know their backroom convos? Seriously? I don’t think she needs her fans to back her up when she will do what she wants regardless. It won’t make me look at “Jet” any differently. “Jet” will most likely give her her demand for a public apology, and have nothing further to do with her.

          • MissRealuminatti

            What have I made up? Please show me a Twiiter comment from Beyonce that has her talking mess about magazines or complaining about less than desirable pics that’s been leaked? You can’t! You just admitted that it was Bey’s PR team that tried to get rid of those photos of Bey…Not Bey. Also, I’m not makng anything up; it is my opinion and observation and the Fantasia’s Twitter that speaks for itself. You idiot! Also, it is well documented that Fantasia mess with that man when he was still legally married – which equates to a homewrecker. You must be a homewrecker too. Read a book!

          • MissRealuminatti

            Today, I just found out on the Wendy Williams show that I was right. Jet did try to work with the crybaby but she wanted some pictures that was inappropriate for their image. She needs to get mad at her PR team not Jet. duh!