It has only been about a month since Fantasia introduced the world to the new man in her life, Kendall Taylor. The former American Idol winner recently confirmed the two are now married. It seems like just yesterday headlines were circulating about the singer being in love with a married man and giving birth to his son. Not so, their son is now three years old and his parents are both in happy in their respective relationships.
Fantasia’s fans were introduced to Antwaun Cook during the Lose to Win singer’s VH1 reality show titled, Fantasia For Real. Paula, Cook’s wife, filed a lawsuit against his mistress accusing her of coming in between their marriage. The bad press along with the trial surrounding that affair led Fantasia down a road of deep depression culminating in a suicide attempt.
The Free Yourself singer emerged from the lawsuit victorious. Since the breakup Antwaun and his wife reunited and both have a healthy relationship with Fantasia and the child they share.
Her new love, Kendall, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the Chief Operating Officer of Metro Transportation, LLC. He has been a partner of the courier service for six years. He was recently honored at the Lowe’s Pride Awards as the 2014 Pride MBE of Distinction Winner for his success as a businessman. He is a member of the Charlotte Urban League and Men Who Care Global.
The Daydreaming artist said this song was the first one she had ever written. The song was written about a special presence that would come to her in her dreams. This male presence would tell her how beautiful she was while pointing out her nice smile and eyes. When the time came for her to awaken from the dream the guy would always ask her to stay. Fantasia said it was not a sexual thing, she just felt protected and safe in the dream.
As life progressed the Broadway star began to think that she would never experience the love she felt in her dreams. Now, according to Fantasia, she no longer has need of the dream because he is here. On Oct 16, before her induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, the 30-year-old songstress shared a picture on her Instagram account of her and the man of her dreams wearing rings, with the caption:
This Man, Lord!!!! My Mr and I’m Mrs ❤. Daddy He Is… What A Night is all I can say? Ending it with you Baby Makes it All Better.
Tasia, as she is affectionately called, posted a shirtless picture of her new husband revealing a tattoo that was inspired by his wife. Fantasia took to social media to offer public praise for her new love and congratulate her son’s father. In the post she said:
YOU!!! & My Kids are the best. My kids are the happiest I have ever seen. 13 years of doing it all alone with Zion NOT BY CHOICE. I now have a Son whose Father is great!! He is an Amazing Dad and THAT I can’t take AWAY from Him. Thanks Cook.
The Back to Me singer admitted her husband has a past, just as she does, and it makes her love him even more. Fantasia said when he told her about his journey all she could think was, “Man, nothing but God!” She said no one can tell her that God will not take something out of nothing and turn it into something.
Reports state between 1996 and 2007 Kendall had legal issues. He has several arrests on his record for possession of prescribed drugs with intent to sell, assault on a female and possession of a weapon on campus. After being arrested and serving time in a prison, Kendall turned his life around and now serves as a mentor to offenders in a program called Mentors of Valor Empowered (MOVE). Those who know him said, “Taylor has laid down the failures of his past and clearly began to hear and respond to the call of God on his life.” According to his bio on the MOVE program’s website:
Today, Kendall is determined to win souls who are lost or who lack direction. When he joined Mentors of Valor Empowered, he knew he had found his place in God’s Army. Many comment that it is a blessing to sit and talk with Kendall as wisdom flows out of past experiences and through his relationship with Christ. Kendall’s life is a testimony to the power of God’s ability to reconcile and restore.
The newlywed said she is not concerned with her husband’s past and believes he is better because of it. Watching a strong black man get up and go to work every morning in a suit to run a company is wonderful. She added, “I love this man and he is crazy about me.”
Fantasia Barrino recently confirmed her union with Kendall Taylor. She has moved on from past hurts and unhealthy relationships. The Side Effects of You singer said she cannot worry about those who are stuck on old news, she is happy with Taylor and that is all that matters. Congratulations Fantasia and Kendall.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)