Fantasia Opens Up After Suicide Scare

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After one of the most dramatic weeks of her life, Fantasia Barrino wants to return to the music.

Hospitalized last week for a suicide attempt, the singer is forging ahead with previously planned TV appearances for her new album, Back to Me, her label J Records confirmed in a statement.

Barrino. 26, will return to the spotlight beginning August 24, when she performs on Good Morning America, with numerous additional appearances scheduled over the next couple weeks.

"I can't thank my fans enough for their prayers and support during such a challenging time," the star said in Monday's statement. "It has given me the motivation to get back to work …I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this album and I pray that everyone enjoys it as much as I do."

The season-three American Idol champ overdosed on a bottle of Aspirin and sleep aid on August 9 — hours after she was rumored to appear in a sex tape with a married man, Antwaun Cook, leading his wife, Paula, to allegedly file for divorce. (Barrino later called Paula Cook's allegations "false," but conceded "there is plenty she does not know" about Antwaun's situation.)

Barrino was reportedly bleeding and unconscious in her North Carolina home before 911 responders arrived on the scene.

"Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused," her manager Brian Dickens said following news of her overdose. "She was totally overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention."

"This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured," he added. "Fantasia will be stronger, smarter, and better for it."

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