*RadarOnline.com is reporting that Fantasia Barrino met for nearly 12 hours with her ex-boyfriend’s wife, Paula Cook, in an attempt to keep details of the singer’s alleged affair with Antwaun Cook private and out of the Mecklenburg County courthouse.
A source close to the situation says the two women attempted to settle their dispute through private mediation but the ladies were unable to reach a settlement, propelling Cook to move forward with a civil lawsuit against the singer.
“Fantasia and Paula were in mediation for nearly 12 hours on Nov. 1,” a source close to the situation told RadarOnline.com. “They didn’t settle because Fantasia refuses to acknowledge that she was aware of Paula’s marriage to Antwaun when she started dating him, and Paula is adamant that she knew.”
According to the source, Fantasia and Paula are set to meet in a North Carolina courthouse again on Nov. 22.
“Fantasia was prepared to pay Paula as much as $100,000 to settle during their mediation, but it fell through,” another source told RadarOnline.com.
“Paula plans on going all the way and is going to sue Fantasia for “Alienation of Affection,” a law still recognized by only seven states – including North Carolina – where an abandoned spouse can file suit against the party responsible for the failure of their marriage, typically the adulterous spouse’s lover.
Paula has filed for divorce from her philandering husband, who is reportedly still dating Fantasia. Paula Cook is seeking custody of her two children, ages 6 and 2, with Antwaun, as well as child support, alimony, attorney’s fees and ownership of the couple’s former marital home.
The “American Idol” winner attempted to kill herself in August by overdosing on aspirin after reading a court complaint filed by Paula naming her as a homewrecker.
“It just became heavy for me, so I just wanted to be away from the noise,” the 26-year-old said in a televised interview.