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'American Idol' Fantasia Barrino clarifies gay marriage comments

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Fantasia Barrino has clarified her remarks about gay marriage after an Instagram photograph she posted sparked outrage.

The American Idol star became the centre of controversy because of the caption on one of her pictures, which has since been removed.

The image, which was captured by Good As You, was accompanied with the words: "I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERMENT, THE church House... Everybody Trying!!!!!!! [sic]

"Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! Im not doing Nothing for you... My Life!!!!

However, Barrino has now insisted that her comments were taken out of context, E! News reports.

"It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context," she said. "I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don't judge anyone because I don't want to be judged.

Fantasia Barrino

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Former American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino

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"The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts."

Barrino's spokesperson also released a statement clarifying the comments, saying: "Comments made by Ms Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight [sic].

"Ms Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community."

The statement concluded: "Whether it's through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans."

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