2:08 pm - 09/11/2008

Fantasia explains why she left "The Color Purple" on Broadway

"Fantasia Barrino has come clean about why she left The Color Purple before its official end on Broadway. The actress said she developed a tumor on her throat that left her feeling drained and too exhausted to keep up her nightly schedule.

"I couldn't get enough sleep and sometimes onstage, I could taste blood ... every now and then," she tells Sister 2 Sister magazine. "They (producers) would send me to the hospitals and they would say, 'Well, she's dehydrated; that's what's making her tired.' They would put IVs in me. But it just wasn't enough."

Eventually, Barrino sensed that something was seriously wrong and visited a top throat doctor in Los Angeles. With the use of a small camera, the physician discovered what he thought was a cyst. The singer recalls, "I went into surgery and he came out and told my mother it was a tumor."

Barrino is now healthy following surgery, but the entertainer says she is still "hurt" by some of the negative publicity that surrounded her missed shows. At the time, there were rumors that she had gotten pregnant.

"It really hurt my feelings. ... I told my manager, 'Please, somebody protect me,' because I've never missed a show. ... I like to perform," said Barrino. "I felt like, after I had my surgery, nobody knew about it. 'The Color Purple' didn't know about it, my record company didn't know about it, and I was very hurt by that. ... I wasn't receiving any flowers, any balloons."


I'm not normally a fan of her voice, but she killed it at the Tonys.

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spicegalaxy 11th-Sep-2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love her. I wish her albums sold more, I love her music.
johanna_bananaz 11th-Sep-2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I really hated her on American Idol. I thought she was overrated.
osnapitsrj 11th-Sep-2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
hermionefan87 11th-Sep-2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
ia. I thought she sounded like Macy Gray on helium.
grammaire 11th-Sep-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
That's terrifying.
wits 11th-Sep-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
okay she was super good in it when i saw her, i can't lie.
thrillisgone_89 11th-Sep-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
poor bb.
riot_cabaret 11th-Sep-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
The title is misleading. This article is about why she left not why it closed.
oh_eye_sea 11th-Sep-2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
I fixed it just for you bb.
riot_cabaret 11th-Sep-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
that's very kind of you. ;)
_aboutaboy still makes me lol11th-Sep-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
holleratalex Re: still makes me lol11th-Sep-2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
that was so damn lulzy
bohemianstorm86 Re: still makes me lol11th-Sep-2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
im sorry i REALLY liekd that performance. She is a way better entertainer than most of the boring/bland peoples who have participated
mattthew Re: still makes me lol11th-Sep-2008 11:06 pm (UTC)

says it all.
iamcheryltweedy 11th-Sep-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
anyone have the Simon gif from when she performed on AI last season?
oh_eye_sea 11th-Sep-2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
iamcheryltweedy 11th-Sep-2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
lllllllllol, tysm
jobrosxjoblows 11th-Sep-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
because shes a classy gal duh!
divaty 11th-Sep-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
watermeloncholy 11th-Sep-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Man, that really sucks for her, especially since people were spreading unfounded information.
thrillisgone_89 11th-Sep-2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
that happens with everything. you have to take internet articles and even magazine articles with a grain of salt.
onerainysunday 11th-Sep-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
don't usually like her but she gave an amazing performance in the vid
colossusx 11th-Sep-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
I knew she was too committed to just leave like that...good for her getting treated, she was incredible in TCP.
roxiblu 11th-Sep-2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Aw Fanny, glad she's better
8812006 11th-Sep-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Prob cause she couldn't read the script.
abs0lutelyzero 11th-Sep-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
haha, I was thinking that too!
jennyherself 11th-Sep-2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
waderapspoorly 11th-Sep-2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
You took the words right out of my mouth.
acidrain0789 12th-Sep-2008 01:53 am (UTC)
rofl omfg....i feel terrible for laughing at that.
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