Through her trials and triumphs, Fantasia says she hasn't changed—she's just grown up. "I can't do the same things I used to do," she says.

After almost losing it all, Fantasia says she's learned some important lessons too. "I will say no with a quickness now," she says.

Fantasia has also learned to take back her life. "I have to be in control of it all," she says. "I'm glad that I went through it because now it has made me stronger and wiser, and I know that I can't allow people to just take control of my destiny."

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