Fantasia Receives Surprise Tribute at ‘The Side Effects of You’ Album Release Party [Photos]

Rucuss staffApril 24, 2013

Fantasia Barrino celebrated the release of her fourth album, Side Effects of You, at XL night club in New York City.

Fantasia received overwhelming support from fans as well as celebrities. Joe, Kenny Lattimore, Yummy Bingham, Rob Hatcher and more performed a surprise tribute to the American Idol alum. Missy Elliot also stopped by to show support.

Fantasia ended the night with an impromptu performance of Lose To Win. But before she performed the single she explained that her new album wasn’t just about a man.

“I haven’t had all this love since my first album,” Fantasia told the crowd. “So, to have you guys come out and support me after all that I’ve been through. On this album I was able to tell my story. I didn’t let nobody speak for me, I said it the way I wanted to say it. And, I said before I go back into the studio, I won’t go back until they let me do what I want to.”

Fantasia continues, “You know, sometimes you gotta stand up for yourself. What happened was, since I was so quiet all the time, and I was this country, gullible, fun…kool-aid smile, …everyone thought they could take licks and throw stones at me, but that Fantasia is gone. Now, I’m speaking for myself, they told their story, now let me tell mine. The Side Effects Of You is not just about a man, trust me, he’s in the story. The Side Effects Of You is about the industry, family, friends, those who said they love you and you turn around and they’re gone. My grandmother said, “You don’t cry over spilled milk, you pick up and move on.”

Check out a few photos and video of the performances below.

Fantasia Attends Album Release Party

Photos via Necole Bitchie and True Exclusives

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