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5 Reasons 'American Idol' Alum Fantasia and Kendall Taylor's Love Is an Inspiration for All of Us

Manuela Cardiga
Apr 16, 2020
09:30 A.M.
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The story of Fantasia Barrino and Kendall Taylor's love story is an inspiration to every romantic ever born.

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Fantasia Barrino's incredible journey from being an illiterate single mother to a world-class singing star has become an icon to every woman who has ever had someone tell her her dream was impossible.

Even though Fantasia has battled though dark times, she came through the battles that tempered her as a strong, spiritual woman, whose love story is an inspiration to us all.

So why do we love Fantasia's love story? Let's count the ways...

The old adage has always been "marry in haste, repent at leisure," but Kendall and Fantasia were sure that they knew what they wanted

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 Fantasia at the BET Honors 2016 in Washington, DC | Source: Getty Images

Fantasia at the BET Honors 2016 in Washington, DC | Source: Getty Images

1. SHE NEVER GAVE UP

What makes Fantasia's love story so incredible is that she got it wrong so many times, before finally finding "The One." Like so many of us, Fantasia looked for love in all the wrong places and found Mr. Wrong every time.

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When she was just 16, Fantasia fell pregnant by her high school boyfriend, Brandel Shouse. The teenager gave birth to her daughter Zion Quari Barrino on August 8, 2001, just two months after her 17th birthday.

 Fantasia performs onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York in 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Fantasia performs onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York in 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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After her breathtaking ascension to fame, the stunning Fantasia found herself surrounded by men, handsome, successful men, all eager to get to know her a lot better. Between 2004 and 2011 Fantasia dated football player Michael Clayton, rapper Young Dro, and was even accused of having an affair with a married man, Antwaun Cook.

In 2011, Fantasia gave birth to her second child, Dallas Xavier Barrino, whose father she refused to identify, but who turned out to be Mr. Wrong #4, Antwaun Cook. - but she never stopped believing in love.

Kendall Taylor and  Fantasia Barrino at the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards in Las Vegas | Source: Getty Images

Kendall Taylor and Fantasia Barrino at the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards in Las Vegas | Source: Getty Images

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2. RECOGNIZING MR RIGHT

In 2015, Fantasia met Mr. Right, and incredibly enough, she recognized him...After all, that is even more difficult than actually finding the right man. Fantasia met Kendall at a local club, and she admits that at that time she wasn't open to taking a chance on love.

Fantasia Barrino & her husband Kendall Taylor at the BET Awards in 2016 in California | Source: Getty Images

Fantasia Barrino & her husband Kendall Taylor at the BET Awards in 2016 in California | Source: Getty Images

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The singer chatted to the handsome, pleasant man for a while, then told him it was time to go. It was that moment that Kendall won her heart, and proved that he was the man she'd been waiting for. She revealed:

“I just knew [he was the one]. I was getting ready to go on the road, and he got on his knees and said, ‘Can I pray for you? I just want to cover for you down the road.’"

Fantasia knew she'd met a man who would look out for her, a man with a strong faith, who would do right by her.

Kendall Taylor and Fantasia Barrino at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2019 in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Kendall Taylor and Fantasia Barrino at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2019 in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

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3. NO SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE

After her unpleasant experiences with unreliable men, Fantasia wanted to do it right with Kendall. In an age when many couples have sex on their first date, Fantasia and Kendall decided to respect the precious sanctity of their love, and only share their bodies after marriage.

Fantasia and Kendall's wedding night was their first night together in every sense of the word - a true fairytale ending.

Fantasia Barrino performs onstage at the 2019 BET Awards in 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Fantasia Barrino performs onstage at the 2019 BET Awards in 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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4. GETTING IT ALL DOWN IN WRITING

But before he married Fantasia, Kendall had one demand. He wanted a prenup. Because of Fantasia's fame and success, Kendall wanted to make sure that her financial welfare was protected in case everything didn't go as planned with their union.

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The signing of the prenup, which was yet another example of Kendall "looking out" for his love was bandied about in Hollywood as a clear indication that she suspected him of being a golddigger. Fantasia said:

“He wanted the prenup, and I think that was a dope move. Because he wanted people to know. I don’t want you for… [your money.]”

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5. TRUE LOVE CAN'T WAIT

Kendall popped the question shortly after they met, and three weeks to the day after their first date, the couple were married.

The old adage has always been "marry in haste, repent at leisure," but Kendall and Fantasia were sure that they knew what they wanted - each other - and were determined not to waste any time.

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5 years after their romantic wedding, the couple is deeply in love, and closer than ever. Fantasia and Kendall surprised all the prophets of doom who kept pointing out that they were doing everything "wrong."

DOING IT ALL WRONG, AND GETTING IT RIGHT

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Fantasia and Kendall have proved that following your heart, trusting each other, and placing their love in God's hands was the right thing to do.

Despite the occasional hiccup and misunderstanding like any other normal marriage, Fantasia and Kendall have overcome every difficulty, and have forged a family together, which includes her children, his children - and his grandchildren.

In a world where people rush into physical intimacy without a spiritual connection, live together without marriage, and are out for what they can get in a divorce, Fantasia and Kendall are an inspiration.

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