R eports are ragging: that members of the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s family, are angry with Fantasia for becoming pregnant by a married man as she prepares to play the Queen of Gospel in the biographical film “Mahalia!”. Producers were also furious with Fantasia for not telling them about her unexpected pregnancy until she was four months in. “She [initially] claimed that she was putting on weight for the role,” an insider said. Production of the movie was pushed back because of Fantasia’s pregnancy. “The family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia,” executive producer Adrian Taylor told the Post. “They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.”

Dino Gankendorff, who represents Mahalia Jackson’s estate, said, “I’m not really aware of any objections that the heirs have to the casting of Fantasia. I understand that they were getting ready to film and that she is pregnant, and I don’t know who she is pregnant by.” Fantasia’s rep said, “This is the first time I’ve heard about this. I have no comment.” The whole story sounds made up to me.

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