Fantasia Opens Up: ‘The Game Can Take Over Your Mind’

There is often more to a story than what meets the eye. With that in mind, following a week of controversy over the cover image used for the latest issue of JET, the magazine has revealed "American Idol" winner and "Lose To Win" singer Fantasia's eye opening cover story.

Opening up about her struggles, including her relationship with T-Mobile salesman Antwaun Cook and a past need to please others, including her family, Fantasia tells JET "the (music) game can take over your mind."

"I was only 19 when I won American Idol. I didn’t really have many expectations. I just wanted to enjoy the ride ahead and make the best of it. Pleasing people became a main priority for me once upon a time," Fantasia says in an excerpt.

Claiming that fans and the stage saved her, Fantasia says music is her entire world.

"You could say that the stage saved me because when I’m in front of people I carry my pain and soul. That is my salvation. I know the entire world does not love me, but I can give everyone some good music," she says.

As for moving forward with her personal life, Fantasia claims to have learned how to put her own interests first.

"Now I put my own interests first. I am finally able to love myself. The main thing I wanted in life was peace and freedom; the ability to let go," says Fantasia.

For Fantasia's full cover story, pick up the latest issue of JET.

Fantasia's new album, "Side Effects of You," is due for release this April.