Los Angeles, CA (CNS) - Former "American Idol" champ Fantasia Barrino has landed herself a reality TV show. The 24-year-old's VH1 series will follow her life as a singer and as a single mother, according to If Magazine.
Barrino was raped in the ninth grade by a schoolmate, leaving her harassed and embarrassed. She dropped out of school later that year. By age 17, she became an unwed mother.
At 19, she became the youngest contestant ever to win the Fox reality talent show until Jordin Sparks won the title in 2007. After her success in the show, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2006, she played herself in the Lifetime TV film based on her memoir "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale." She also starred in the Broadway rendition of "The Color Purple."
Barrino's upcoming reality show will premiere early next year, with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell executive producing.