American Idol season three winner, Fantasia Barrino, says her words in a recent Instagram rant were taken out of context.
The 28-year-old took to the social network to address her critics, but she raised a few eyebrows after referencing the Bible and gay marriage.
“I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT, THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!!" she wrote. "It's a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!! I’m not doing Nothing for you… My Life!"
According to the Hollywood Reporter, her comments caused a backlash from fans and the post was soon removed from her account. Barrino's management then released a statement in her defense, saying she has never been an opponent of the LGBT community.
"Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Instagram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight,” read the statement. "She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community. Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.”
The Grammy Award winner responded to the controversy by saying her words were taken out of context. “I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don’t judge anyone because I don’t want to be judged," she wrote. "The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts.”