Fantasia Used to Steal for Her Daughter Zion Quari Barrino before Winning 'American Idol'

Zion Quari Barrino is fortunate for being Fantasia's daughter, a successful and wealthy artist. However, things didn't use to be like that, and the "American Idol" star even had to steal for her daughter.

Nowadays, Fantasia Barrino is known as a famous R&B singer and winner of the third season of "American Idol" back in 2004. Her life before making it big in the music industry was complicated, and she opened up about it during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Zion has already participated in one of her mom's videos, and she looks great!

FANTASIA BARRINO'S TOUGH CHILDHOOD

The singer initially said that she started performing in churches at a very young age. Her mother would even tell her that her beautiful voice was a gift from God.

Fantasia only noticed that her singing skills were special when she was nine years old and an elderly woman in tears told her that her voice "touched" her after finishing a song.

Fantasia Barrino and Zion Quari Barrino on November 24, 2010 in Culver City, California | Photo: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Fantasia Barrino and Zion Quari Barrino on November 24, 2010 in Culver City, California | Photo: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Regardless of her outstanding voice, Fantasia had low self-esteem as her classmates would always make fun of her for her "big" lips. During her teenage years, she realized that other girls were getting attention, and she was usually ignored.

At that point, she decided to "show off some leg" so that the boys would look at her. Unfortunately, the guy she had a crush on sexually abused her at school.

STEALING FOR ZION QUARI BARRINO

Even though her mother supported her, going back to school was difficult as the friends of the abuser wouldn't leave her alone. Scared of what might happen to her, she stopped going to school when she was 14 years old.

At that point, Fantasia started living in a "cheap apartment in the ghetto" with the boy she was dating at the time. When she was 17, she got pregnant and repeated her family cycle as both her mother and grandmother got pregnant at 17.

Fantasia Barrino on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Fantasia Barrino on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

When the singer learned she was pregnant with Zion Quari Barrino, she lost all hopes in herself and even felt that everybody else gave up on her. After giving birth, Fantasia became a single mother living on welfare. About that time of her life, she said:

"I'll be honest: Those checks just weren't enough, and I had to steal what I needed: diapers, milk, food."

Fantasia Barrino and her daugher Zion Quari Barrino on August 8, 2005 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida | Photo: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Fantasia Barrino and her daugher Zion Quari Barrino on August 8, 2005 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida | Photo: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

The singer also recalled how she stole a couple of educational toys for Zion during Christmas because she wanted to break that cycle. She wished her daughter could be different, so she tried to teach her everything she could.

Fortunately, Fantasia's singer persona never disappeared; she was just hidden behind all her fears and struggles. When she saw Ruben Studdard winning the second season of "American Idol," she woke up and decided to audition in Atlanta. The rest is history.

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You are My Strength

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ZION AND FANTASIA BROKE THE FAMILY CYCLE

Fantasia's efforts to break her family cycle paid off as Zion Quari Barrino not only didn't get pregnant at 17 but also graduated from high school!

Back in May 2019, the singer uploaded a photo to her Instagram page that portrayed then-17-year-old Zion in her academic regalia. Her father, Brandel Shouse, also appeared in the pic.

In August that year, Fantasia shared another post on social media congratulating her daughter on her 18th birthday, and the message she added in the caption was nothing short of beautiful.

The singer recalled some of her fondest (and even scariest) memories during the last 18 years and pointed out that Zion was born earlier than expected because she could hear her mom crying and knew she had to protect her.

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Happy Birthday @onlyzion_ I can’t believe my Nugget is the Big 18th🎉 all week you have been reminding me that you’re about to be Legal and it only made me sad! Where did the time go Poo? You grew up to be such a Beautiful Young Lady. I remember the day my water broke-OMG!! It was the scariest feeling in the world. We lived in Winston Salem at the time and Papa Joe had left the house for a second and so I called the ambulance. Zi, I was terrified because I was so young and I wanted to give you the world but I didn’t know how I was going to do it. You came a lil early and at the time I was thinking it was because you were either nosey (lol) or you heard all my cry’s and felt you needed to come on out and protect me. Now I see it was the protection part and still to this day you go hard for Mommy! I’ll never forget when we had our own lil apartment, just me and you in Farmington. I’ll never forget when you stuck a bead up your nose and came running to me scared. I’ll never forget I had just dressed you so pretty in some fresh white Reebok Classics and you went and stood in the Toilet. Man!! I have so many stories🤗❤️😂 last one Zion, after IDOL ( We had a Dog named Diva) and Zion would hit her from time to time, she was 3 years old, and Diva would always get her butt right back. When she did, Zion would run in the room crying, “Diva Said, Diva Said”. I told her DIVA CANT TALK ZION!! 😂 (she swore up and down she could) I Miss those days but I’m So Proud Of the young Lady you’ve become. August 8-8-01 was a Perfect Day🎂🎈🎉🤗 Now I want you to Go be Great for Mama and know I’ll move Many Mountains For You Baby Girl👊🏾 it’s a Real Ones Birthday Help me celebrate the one who changed my Life @onlyzion_

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ZION QUARI BARRINO IS 18 YEARS OLD ALREADY

Fantasia also admitted to missing the days when her daughter was only a child but confessed to being proud of the young lady she became. The proud mother added:

"I want you to Go be Great for Mama and know I'll move Many Mountains For You Baby Girl. it's a Real Ones Birthday Help me celebrate the one who changed my Life [sic]."

Nowadays. Fantasia Barrino's kids (she welcomed Dallas Xavier Barrino in 2011) are in good hands. They have nothing to worry about financially-speaking as she has an estimated net worth of $10 million, according to Wealthy Persons.

As per Zion Quari Barrino, it is still unclear whether or not she will follow in Fantasia's footsteps. The truth is that she has already participated in one of her mom's videos, and she looks great!

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