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Fantasia is 'pregnant with prosperity,' not with child, manager says

By Alan Duke, CNN
  • Fantasia Barrino must gain 45 pounds by May for a movie role
  • The 2004 "American Idol" winner will portray Mahalia Jackson in a film

(CNN) -- Fantasia Barrino's recent weight gain fueled online rumors that the R&B singer was expecting a child, but her manager gave another explanation.

"Fantasia's pregnant with prosperity," manager Brian Dickens told CNN on Tuesday.

The 2004 "American Idol" winner is gaining weight in preparation for a movie role, Dickens said.

Barrino, who has been signed to play legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, must gain 45 pounds by the time filming starts in May.