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Fantasia Barrino

High Alert

After Hate Mail

2/20/2010 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Fantasia Barrino is under a self-imposed lockdown -- after the "American Idol" champ received a threatening letter.

It all started last night at the Pantages Theater in L.A. -- Fantasia was reading her fan mail after a performance of "The Color Purple."

Fantasia's manager tells us Barrino became alarmed over a disturbing letter loaded with racial slurs -- including the n-word -- and a line that read, "go back where you came from and die."

We're told the person who wrote the letter claims he used to work as a security guard for Fox while Fantasia was on "A.I."

Fantasia's manager tells us the singer immediately contacted theater security -- which then contacted the LAPD.

In the meantime, we're told the theater has "beefed up" security around Fantasia -- and all over the venue -- and will be screening anything sent to Barrino's dressing room before it gets to her.

Fantasia tells TMZ, "I will not be defeated by one isolated person's hatred."


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Guess those loony Jasmine Trias fans are still bitter.

1676 days ago

Tammy L.M.    

Ok, call me crazy but does this seem all that necessary? Who doesn't get hate mail from angry hater-fans? What's the big deal? Ok, this sounds like a publicity stunt to draw more attention to the show.

1676 days ago

Susan Manis Pearland Tx    

Fantasia, While I am sure this is upsetting to you and agree you were right in beefing up security. I want to tell you to NOT let these physcos win ! We love you girl !!

1676 days ago


I saw Fantasia in The Color Purple Wednesday night and she was FANTASTIC! Her voice was perfect for the character of Celie. I wasn't a Fantasia fan before I saw the show (I didn't have an opinion about her one way or the other), but I was when it was over. It's a shame that some people hate themselves so much that it spills out onto others. And I'm white, by the way.

1675 days ago


Definably a publicity stunt.

1675 days ago


You all must of missed it - Fantasia went back to high school and earned her diploma after she won AI. Now who looks stupid????

1675 days ago

Joe M...    

This is so sad....I Love her voice and her personality. Very sweet kind hearted women....although, I dont care for her brother who is always hitting her up for cash.
I hope they get this guy an teach him a lesson.
P.S. I am 100% Italian...and white....for the record.

1675 days ago


Who cares about this bitch. Isn't her 15 minutes of fame over already. Get over yourself your not that famous.

1675 days ago


Wonder who read the note to her??

1675 days ago


At least she hasn't disappeared from the scene like David Cook and Taylor Hicks.

1675 days ago

justice is mine says the lord    

everyone who negatively commented probably know who sent the note. At the least its obvious you condone the behaviour. How awful there are still bigots and Archie Bunker types living in this country.

1675 days ago

Phil Sheridan    

Oh Brother give me a break!! Fantasia you are no Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is not going to save you!! Sounds like alot of self generated publicity for a poor performer in an= less than inspiring production...

1675 days ago


That note bothered her? I take it she doesn't read TMZ or other blog sites. Talk like that about various celebs or even other posters is common. It's become a past time to rip everyone to shreds. It can be very therapeutic.

1675 days ago

What do these people get from such acts? If they so much 'feel' it why not talk to the person right away? This is probably the most easy way to tell that someone hates someone without a purpose to sort out the hatred.

1675 days ago


Sounds like somebody hasn't been getting enough attention.

1675 days ago
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