Mother’s Day is doubly special for Fantasia Barrino who delights in having two mothers she looks up to.
On Sunday, the “American Idol” winner shared images of her "two moms" highlighting their importance in her life. One of them is her real mother, Diane Barrino to whom Fantasia credits her singing voice. Diane is an evangelist and gospel singer.
The other woman is Donna Bouie. It’s unclear who she is to the 34-year-old crooner but we suspect she’s her aunt.
A mother herself, Fantasia must have learned a lot from these two women especially during her dark days as a 19-year-old single mom living on welfare.
Both women stood alongside Fantasia in the first photo the singer shared. In the second, they showed off their skills in modeling. Fantasia couldn’t be happier having them in her life as she expresses in her caption.
“I Have Two and Boy am I Blessed to have so Much Wisdom in my Life from my Queenly examples I have in my Mother Diane & @bouie_donna”
At 14, Fantasia also confessed she was raped by a popular high school jock. Diane stood by her side and helped her get through it.
A mother herself, Fantasia must have learned a lot from these two women especially during her dark days as a 19-year-old single mom living on welfare. Fantasia recalls to Oprah how her mother was first heartbroken hearing of her pregnancy realizing her daughter had followed into her footsteps. Diane got pregnant at 17, the same age Fantasia did. But she walked Fantasia through that ordeal.
At 14, Fantasia also confessed she was raped by a popular high school jock. Diane stood by her side and helped her get through it. Without Fantasia telling her, Diane knew something was wrong and when she finally found out, they turned the guy in.
Today, Fantasia and Diane share their common passion for music and would often perform together. In 2016, they treated their Facebook followers to a live gospel performance. The impromptu number streamed on Facebook Live showed Fantasia belting out the lyrics to “Pass Me Not” and her mother assisting her with her impressive second voice.
Fantasia is now devoted to the gospel sound but there was a time she turned her back on the church. In an episode of TV One’s “Uncensored,” she spoke of her rebellious teen years when she responded to the mockery she received as a member of the church choir by leaving.
It was during that time that she turned to boys, vices and was eventually kicked out of school. But she would later learn that her life was in shambles without her faith.
Fantasia has come a long way. From an insecure teen, she's now a successful singer whose "American Idol" win paved the way for her to shine through her talent. Now a mother of two, (she has a 7-year-old son, David whose father she refuses to name), the singer is confident in her own skin and isn't afraid to look back to her roots and be grateful for how it shaped her.