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Fantasia Barrino, the 28-year-old singer, recently admitted that she no longer cares about the public's perception of her and has decided to trust in God's plan for her life.
Barrino is gearing up to release her new album Side Effects of You April 23. While the singer has been promoting her new single "Lose to Win" in places like "American Idol" on Thursday, she is also speaking about her new outlook on life.
"God put me here for a reason," Barrino told "Access Hollywood" recently. "When you look on TV or turn on the radio or all the newspapers and the magazines, it was always something negative, and no matter how many things I did that were positive that never came out, so that was the hardest for me at that time. Now I really don't care anymore."
The singer said she has found an inner peace and is focusing on serving as an inspiration to people these days.
"I had to just find peace," she told "Access Hollywood." "The people who go through things every day, normal things, we're all human. So for me, if I can just help 10 people and five don't like it, as long as I have those 10, I'm good to go."
The singer revealed that God put her through struggles for a reason.
"I always say I feel like I lost all of those things for God to put the right things in my life and I feel like I'm winning again," Barrino said on Philadelphia radio station WDAS FM last month. "Finally. And this time I know how to protect it and I know how to take care of it."
After winning the third season of the nationally televised singing competition "American Idol" in 2004, Barrino said she is blessed to continually be supported by fans despite her shortcomings.
"Ever since I stepped onto 'Idol' I was open. I was the only young lady I think that was without my high school diploma. I had a child at a young age. So my story was kind of different from everybody elses," Barrino recalled to the radio station. "It wasn't a perfect story, but the people who were watching, they could relate ... It's been 10 years and people have been rocking for me and praying for me."