When you know, you know. And clearly all signs were pointing to love for Fantasia and her husband, Kendall Taylor.
In the new issue of Billboard, the singer opens up about her rough start in the industry and how she’s grown. The 32-year-old soared to fame after winning American Idol‘s third season in 2004, and has since had a slew of No. 1 hits and a stint on Broadway’s The Color Purple.
But with the ups, came the downs, like financial loss and decaying personal relationships. It all came to a head in 2010 when she attempted suicide after breaking up with the father of her second child, Antwaun Cook.
But with the help of loved ones, self-help books and music, she came back. And quickly fell in love.
At the same time, back home in Charlotte, she was experiencing a whirlwind romance with Taylor, 35. “Everything changed when I met him,” she says. The connection was instantaneous: Just three weeks after meeting at a local club, the pair wed in 2015. The brief courtship was intense, fulfilling —and celibate; they didn’t consummate the relationship until their wedding night, she confides. “I just knew [he was the one]. I was getting ready to go on the road, and he got on his knees and said, ‘Can I pray for you? I just want to cover for you down the road.’ In the time I’d been fasting from relationships, I asked God for someone to pray for me— someone that could cover me and my kids [Dallas, 4, and Zion, 14] and be the man of the house. That’s when I knew.” A year later, she says she’s never felt stronger.