It's very fitting that the bonus track on Fantasia Barrino's new album is called "I'm Here." That is, indeed, a bonus for her fans right now.
A week after being hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt, the singer is gearing up to return to work full-time, i.e. hit the promo road in support of Back to Me, her third studio album, which hits Amazon and Facebook tomorrow.
"I can't thank my fans enough for their prayers and support during such a challenging time," Barrino said in a statement. "It has given me the motivation to get back to work and honor the commitments I made to promote Back To Me. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this album and I pray that everyone enjoys it as much as I do."
Sweat and tears is right.
Ironically containing tracks such as "Bittersweet" and "The Thrill Is Gone," Back to Me drops along with the revelation that Barrino was seeing a married man, whose wife has accused her of ruining the marriage.
The 26-year-old American Idol winner maintains that ex Antwaun Cook told her he had been separated for a year. They were spotted talking the day after she got out of the hospital, a conversation audiences tuning into the second season of VH1's Fantasia for Real, premiering Sept. 19, are likely to see at some point.
But Barrino can go back to singing now, starting Aug. 24 on Good Morning America and followed by appearances on Lopez Tonight, Regis & Kelly, The Wendy Williams Show and more.
Perhaps, as yet another one of Back to Me's tracks prophesies, "The Worst Part Is Over."
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