JET magazine has responded to a social media tirade conducted by "Idol" winner and R&B singer Fantasia Barrino earlier in the week. Fantasia called the magazine out for using an old image of her and demanded an apology. But JET says it has nothing to apologize for, because the recent photos sent by her representative weren't up to their standards.
According to TMZ, a JET rep says that the photo used on the cover (the focus of Fantasia's rant) was "most appropriate for JET's brand and reflective of the cover story sentiment." In short, there was no need to apologize.
The rep went on to say that the more recent pictures sent to JET from Fantasia's rep weren't up to the magazine's cover standards. They also felt her face was too obstructed in the newer images.
So they went with a photo from ten years ago.
With a new album, Side Effects Of You, slated to hit stores on March 12, Fantasia was hoping to embark on a resurrection of her music career. The photos she had sent to JET were meant to help convey the new image of a renewed Fantasia. Needless to say, when she saw the JET cover with the decade-old picture, she felt betrayed.
The Daily Mail reported Friday that the singer posted a photo on Twitter of the JET cover with the word "FALSE!" written on it three times. She wrote: "This saddens Me!!! It is clear that this picture is 10 Years Old and JET Magazine puts it on the Cover!! After I send them the NEW LOOK AND DIRECTION. . SAD!!! I WANT A PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM JET."
She went on to say that she wasn't even certain the interview was accurate. Further tweets showed photos of Fantasia Barrino in short-cropped hair, apparently stills sent over for the magazine to use for their article.
Noting that she had been "picked out to be picked on" and that it was "a minor setback for a major comeback," the 2004 "American Idol" winner would eventually end her Twitter rant by saying she would get past all the negativity.
After winning the third season of "American Idol," Fantasia went on to score hits on the pop and R&B charts and star in the stage production of "The Color Purple." However, her personal life hit a snag when a relationship went sour and she tried to commit suicide in August 2010.
But she bounced right back, releasing a new album, Back To Me, just a few weeks later.