Fantasia learning after troubles
Former American Idol champion Fantasia has admitted she has learnt not to trust anyone in the wake of her legal troubles.
While the 25-year-old received rave reviews for her performance as Celie on Broadway in The Color Purple in 2007, during her time away from home she got entangled in legal woes that almost cost her North Carolina residence.
The singer said: "They put my home up for auction, which had to be the most embarrassing thing ever, because you have people now ringing your doorbell and wanting to come to the house and see it ... it taught me one, that you can't trust everybody - I have to be hands on with everything."
She explained: "It wasn't that I didn't have the money. I'm not the richest, but I've always been a hard worker ... and I thank God I'm still able to make ends meet.
"It could have been a lot better for me though if I would have had better management and better accountants."
But now things are looking up for Fantasia, who has debuted on her new VH1 reality show in the US and is now set for another album - three years since her second record.
"It's been three years, and I'm kind of glad that it's been that long," she said. "I can go into the studio now and kind of write myself and speak what's on my mind and on my heart and talk about all the things."