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Fantasia's One Class Act

Feb. 6 2009, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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From Do-Re-Mi.. to A.B.C.'s.

After dropping out of school in the 9th grade, Singer Fantasia says she's ready to earn her high school degree.

The 24-year old American Idol winner reportedly says:

"I've been talking about it for so long. I have a lot of young people who look up to me, like my 15-year-old brother and 7-year-old daughter. It's something that I really need to do and that I want to do."

The singer has been through a rough few months. She nearly lost her home to foreclosure, but she's bounced back and has even lost 20 pounds.

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"I had to sit back for awhile and had to get some things settled. I had been with a lot of people not doing what they said they were going to do. I didn't have time to sit back and cry. I didn't have time to go to a mental health counselor. I had to keep my s--t on straight-excuse my language!-and handle my business, because it's not just about me. It's about me and my whole family."

On Sunday, Fantasia is up for a Grammy for "I'm His Only Woman," a duet with fellow Idol alum and BFF Jennifer Hudson.


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