Fantasia Accepts JET Magazine Editor’s Apology And Thanks Her For Cover Drama
Three months ago 28-year-old songstress Fantasia Barrino reemerged on the entertainment scene with a bang and not the kind of bang she probably hoped for. Instead of making headlines for her music, people were buzzing about her very public beef with JET Magazine, which jumped off after she called the publication out for using a photo of her that was at least 10 years old. The magazine stood by their decision to publish the photo, explaining that they didn’t find the photos Fantasia sent them appropriate. But things got even uglier when JET’s Editor-in-chief, Mitzi Miller made a not-so-nice comment about Barrino via her Facebook page, which she later apologized for. During a recent interview with Hello Beautiful, the singer finally addressed the controversy head-on and even revealed that she’s accepted Miller’s apology. Check out some of what she had to say below.
On why she lashed out at the magazine:
“The JET Magazine situation, it wasn’t that I was trying to attack them, it was that [I’m] moving forward. Coming from all of the things we were coming from, with a new look, a new mindset, we want you to use the new pictures that we took. We sent you the pictures, use the pictures. Don’t use a 10-year-old picture. Because when you do that, it makes me feel that you are trying to keep me in my past and that’s what was happening with Fantasia.”
On the JET situation being an example of people not wanting her to change:
“A lot of time people just want to keep that same story going. You know, ‘She’s moving forward, but….’ or ‘She’s looking good, but…’ So for me, it was just saying, ‘That’s not the picture. That’s 10 years old. Because as soon as the picture came out, once again, the person that’s going to take the hits is me, not JET.”
On JET’s EIC’s insulting comment and apology:
“I accepted her apology, I do. Out of that situation came a blessing for me. Let’s just say that. I am able now to be a blessing to the people who struggle with that situation, so I thank her for that.”
On choosing not to dwell on drama:
“I don’t want to dwell in the past anymore, because drama will happen everyday, all day in my life. I’m a mother. I come from a big family. I’m a businesswoman. I’m in the industry. There’s always going to be something, but the way I deal with it now is going to be different. I won’t let it break me down anymore or make me hide or shell up into a box.”
On why she thinks she goes through so much:
“Being a soul singer, I feel that if I don’t go through, I probably wouldn’t sing as passionately as I sing.”
Check out footage from Fantasia’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?