"American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino reveals in her book "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale" she is just learning to read and write.
"Illiteracy is the same as having blinders on," she told ABC's "20/20" Friday night.
Barrino said she kept her secret throughout the "Idol" competition. But the worst part is not being able to read to her 4-year-old daughter.
"That hurts really bad," she said.
She dropped out of school the year she was raped by a popular boy in her class.
At "one point in time I was saying it was my fault," she said. "Just because of the way I was dressed, I caused it on myself."