AOL: Were any of the songs too personal?
Fantasia: Well, I never like to hold back anything because I feel that as artists, we're still human -- we just have gifts to sing. We still go through regular things and I've always been that artist that hasn't been afraid to come out with that. I came out with the fact that I dropped out of school, being a young mom. I call it my testimony and it makes me the woman that I am today. What happens is, when you start to come out with your situations and what you're going through and you put in your music, people buy CDs to hear the songs, to hear if it's going to inspire them too. Somebody might not want to go to work that morning and that one song will make them say, "OK, you can go to work and you can deal with your boss and everybody else that you work with." I like for my songs to be the truth. With all of the songs, sitting down with the producers, I would just lay it all out there. Some of them would look at me like I was crazy or go, "Oh my God, you're really going through that?" But we came up with great songs by me doing that.
'Bittersweet' is a true story. It was a relationship that I went through that totally blew my mind. It was a situation that was in the press anyway, so I felt like, "Why would I hide it? I'm gonna come out and tell my side of the story." I put all of that in my album and never am I afraid to do that. Like I said, it's my way of releasing and not trying to hold back and pretend to be somebody that I'm not.