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Troubled songstress Fantasia Barrino has weathered her share of storms since her 2004 American Idol win. But with her fourth studio album Side Effects of You slated to hit shelves tomorrow, the North Carolina native has no issues letting it be known that although she’s encountered quite a few obstacles and experienced a series of valley days, she’s learned from each individual experience and they have all helped to make her a better person. During a recent interview with OMG Insider, the “Lose to Win” singer opened up about dealing with foreclosure and her suicide attempt.

“I lost a lot of things. I lost a lot of friends, a lot of family. I lost a lot of money. I’m not sad about any of that and I wouldn’t change any of it because it made me the woman that I am today. It made me smarter and wiser,” Barrino boldly proclaimed.

“Now I can share it with somebody else and say, ‘Hey listen, no matter what you go through, there’s always that point where you’ll win again,'” she continued.

The mom of two went on to say that “Lose to Win” absolutely had to be the first single released off of her new album because it held so much significance in her life.

“It had to be the first song coming back so that people will go ‘Oh, okay. I get it now.'”

She also expressed that it felt wonderful to return to the American Idol stage after almost ten years to perform her new single last week.

“I felt good. It’s always good going back to the Idol because it just reminds you of where you come from.”

After revealing that getting lost in money and fame played somewhat of a role in her suicide attempt, Barrino says she’s learned that her life is more important than what she had allowed herself to become consumed with.

“I almost lost my life getting all wrapped up in all of this stuff and my life is more important than any of this stuff right here. . It’s not about a dollar to me, it’s not about a position to me. I just want to bless people with my music and my story. Other than that, they can have it. It’s for the birds.”

Check the next page for footage from her interview. Are you feeling the new and improved, stronger, wiser, smarter Tasia? 

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