She went on to say she also drives her own car and does her own grocery shopping.
“I’m just like you, sis. I’m just like you,” Barrino said.
The host asked Barrino what she thought of Tyler Perry's speech during the awards show. Perry was honored with the Ultimate Icon Award, and he inspired those watching with his speech about helping others.
“Tyler Perry’s actually a good friend of mine. He would call and check up on me. He was one of the ones, when I lost everything, he came and blessed me. And I thank him for that,” she said. “Everything he said last night is true. You look around and you could be working for 10 years, you’ve got all these people on your team, you’re paying this person, that person, and you look up, and you don’t have no money in the bank because you’ve given it to everybody else. That’s what I said about prostituting your gift. You have a gift and you’re allowing everybody else to profit off of the gift. So I love what he said.”
Barrino went from single mom to national sensation when she beat Diana DiGarmo to win the third season of “American Idol.”
Fantasia will soon release her seventh studio album, “Sketchbook,” which will feature collaborations with T-Pain, Jazmine Sullivan and Brandy.
The full interview with Tammi Mac can be watched in multiple parts on YouTube.