On August 9 of that year, police were sent to the singer’s North Carolina home after she swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills and aspirin.
Barrino was involved with a married man named Antwaun Cook before the suicide attempt, and Cook’s wife Paula Cook mentioned the singer’s name in a custody suit. Plus, the affair was discussed heavily in the media at that time.
During a 2010 interview with “Good Morning America,” the “American Idol” Season 3 winner said the suicide attempt had a little bit to do with Cook, but it was more about quieting the “noise” in her life.
Then on “The Real,” co-host Adrienne Houghton asked Barrino what she would change if she could go back and do something over, and that’s when she brought up swallowing the pills. But Barrino said she wouldn’t classify the incident as a suicide attempt.
“When I tried to just get away from the world, some will say commit suicide,” she explained. “I didn’t think it was me trying to kill myself. I just wanted to be away from all the noise. If I could do that over, I would. I would change that.”
Today, Barrino couldn’t be any more different than nine years ago. Because she seems to be happily married to businessman Kendall Taylor and has taken control of her music career by starting her own record label, Rock Soul.
She also released her seventh studio album “Sketchbook” under the label, which dropped on Oct. 11.
After Barrino’s interview on “The Real” surfaced, people mentioned how much they admire her.
“That was deep. Take a brave person to admit and share something like that,” one person commented.
“I respect her honesty. Many wouldn’t have voiced that,” wrote someone else.
“I’m glad she’s in a good place now. I’m happy for her,” a third person stated.