2004 “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino is hoping to hit a high note again with the release of a new album—her first new music in three years. But that’s not the only noise she’s been making lately.
Barrino is featured on the upcoming March 18 cover of JET, and apparently the magazine’s cover image of choice hit a sour note with the eight-time Grammy-nominated singer.
She shared her opinion not so subtly on her Instagram account, adding “False, False, False” across the photo of the magazine cover she posted as well.
Then she went further, demanding a public apology from the magazine for using a 10-year-old photo after she sent new ones depicting her new look and direction. She goes on to question whether she can trust what’s in the accompanying article in the issue.
According to GlobalGrind.com, Barrino got the apology like she—sort of—wanted. “As standard editorial practice, JET consulted with Fantasia’s team, but reserves the right to select the image we deem as most appropriate for JET’s brand and reflective of the cover story sentiment,” the magazine’s editor responded.
After browsing Barrino’s website and biography (updated to include information about the new album), it appears the singer is going for a softer look. And the album Back to Me is intended to be about Barrino returning to her roots after getting caught up in the money-determinant decisions often made in acting or singing pursuits.
So while it’s clear Barrino is trying to reinvent herself, that then begs the question: Is it the magazine’s role to promote that? The cover story isn’t on JET’s website yet, but the cover teaser suggests that the article will focus on those changes.
One commenter on the GlobalGrind.com’s story pointed out that we, the fans or readers, haven’t seen the photos Barrino’s team sent to the magazine. Until then, she wanted to reserve judgment. Another suggested that Barrino choose her battles, and that while she might be upset, there are much more important concerns to focus on.
What do you think? Is Barrino overreacting?