Ready To Do Your Work? Celebrities Who Probably Shouldn’t Have Asked Iyanla To Fix Their Life
Life coach (and Yoruba princess) Iyanla Vanzant offers no-nonsense, real talk deliverance to any and everyone who sits down with her for her OWN series. And while she promises to dig deep to help you “do your work,” she can’t promise that everyone is going to leave the set happy. These stars didn’t walk away from the show with a new lease on and look at life, but rather, an attitude. Check out the celebrities who regretted taking part in Iyanla: Fix My Life.
DMX came on Iyanla: Fix My Life to heal his relationship with his son, but Vanzant also wanted to confront the rapper about his drug use. Before any healing could happen for Dark Man X, things on set became pretty intense, with the rapper actually cursing at Vanzant.
Karrueche Tran’s episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life hasn’t even aired, and reports of Tran throwing Vanzant and the OWN crew out of her house are already surfacing.
The problem? Tran told TMZ that she was made to believe that her interview with Vanzant would only focus on the positive. But as always, Vanzant didn’t shy away from the tough topics: “He betrayed you,” she told Tran in the preview clip. “He lied to you. He did it all publicly.”
The outcome? We’ll all have to tune in on Saturday to find out.
Sheree Whitfield went on the show in the hopes of receiving help so that she could move forward after her messy divorce. But when her ex-husband, Bob Whitfield, shared his perspective on their failed marriage and her reality TV career, Sheree’s plans were derailed:
“Your whole plot was to point a finger at me, as to catapult yourself into some glory. To take advantage of the stereotypes of the male athlete having kids everywhere, to the bad husband that abandons his family, doesn’t take care of them, to the distraught woman that can’t meet her bills.”
When Sheree’s character was called into question by both her ex and Vanzant, she felt some type of way about it:
“I felt like I was being attacked. It was very hurtful … I didn’t feel like questions about whether or not my finances were up to par had anything to do with me as a parent or being a good person.”
She later tweeted, “Last week DMX was a deadbeat Dad. This week it’s ok to be a absentee if you don’t like the mother. Ratings trump Logic #IylanlaFixMyLife”
Saigon and Erica Jean
Love & Hip Hop: New York fans hoped Vanzant would be able to help this volatile pair put some of the bickering behind them so that they could successfully co-parent. But it was clear almost immediately that these two had trouble even being in the same room together. Things went downhill from there.
Afterwards, Erica Jean said that the show made it even harder for them to get along. Jean claimed that even though she was the one who called the show, Iyanla took Saigon’s side:
“I was the one that kind of wanted help from Iyanla because of Saigon’s deal with the verbal abuse and the things I was enduring in our relationship. I understand that Iyanla was trying to help me in certain situations but a lot of things I think was inappropriate like bringing up plastic surgery, just things that didn’t have anything to do with me and Saigon’s relationship or me being a good mother.
So, I don’t think the show was effective in that way. I think that it was a very one-sided show and I think that Saigon manipulated Iyanla for whatever reason to kind of put it on me but at the end of the day, I guess it is what it is.”
Jay Williams’ Kids
Jay Williams — the infamous father of 34 children with 17 different women — definitely healed after his time with Vanzant, and his appearance on her show has even helped him get his own spin-off series on OWN. But two of his daughters say they’re not so happy.
Williams’ oldest daughter, Amina Mosley, even wrote an open letter to Vanzant titled, Dear Iyanla, Thank You for ‘Fixing’ My Father. In the letter she claimed that her father had been “blessed with all of the opportunities that he has ahead of him because of the show,” but didn’t share any of those blessings with his 34 children.
Another one of his daughters even started a GoFundMe page asking for donations because she felt their family was exploited. She raised $125.
Being Iyanla Vanzant isn’t as easy as it looks, and on the episode “Iyanla: Fix My Full House,” it was Vanzant who broke down in tears. Faced with a chaotic home with 14 house guests and a lot of resentment, the life coach broke down, saying, “These people need help. I don’t even think I can help them. I’m just horrified. Horr-i-fied.”
But in true Iyanla fashion, she overcame the family’s hurdles and drama in one of the most touching episodes of Fix My Life to date.
When did Chad Johnson do an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life? He didn’t. But Evelyn Lozada did.
Lozada asked Vanzant for help to clean up her act when she and Johnson were still together. Vanzant shared some harsh words with her (including calling her “a thug among women”) and even brought the steely reality star to tears. But Vanzant also helped Lozada deal with some of the issues behind her bad Basketball Wives behavior.
But Chad didn’t show up. And a few months later, Lozada was back on the show — after the domestic violence incident that ended their marriage. That breakthrough would help Lozada be even more open about what happened with Johnson when she returned to Basketball Wives Miami, but Johnson wasn’t crazy about being the topic of discussion each week.
Was it the right time for Vanzant to try and fix Maia Campbell’s life?
This episode was hard to watch. Campbell may have recovered from the drug addiction that landed her in the tabloids and blogs, but she was clearly still struggling. And although Vanzant was trying to help, it seemed like Campbell’s grief over the death of her mother and the medication doctor’s prescribed her for her bipolar disorder kept her in a daze.
We were all rooting for Campbell, but long after the show went off, the star found herself back in trouble.
Terrell Owens says that Vanzant fixed his life for sure, as the former NFL star realized that “I’ve been hurt all this time and not asked for help.”
But what’s his one reservation about being on the show? After his appearance he tweeted the following:
“The only thing I didn’t like about the show is that I am NOT A PRETTY CRIER!! LOL.” “After this…NO MORE TEARS FOR AWHILE!! #onlytearsofJoy.”
Well, healing is rarely ever pretty.
Syleena Johnson recently shared that while her episode with Vanzant definitely changed her outlook, her relationship with her mother, Brenda Thompson, still needs a lot of work:
“When the show ended we were doing a lot better. You could see that we were on our way up. She had a lot more clarity. For about three seconds.
But when I leave the house now, which I do quite often to go on the road, it’s almost like I’m leaving her. Never mind that I’m leaving my children and my husband, she feels like I’m being dismissive towards her. She’s working through her stuff too.”
You can’t always fix it all in an hour…
The 600 Pound Woman
There are many shows that feature obese individuals seeking help and happiness; from My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Intervention, to My 600-lb Life. But none of those series showcase Vanzant’s brand of realness. Her 650-lb guest, Bonnie, was forced to keep it real about her own health crisis, as Vanzant reminded her, “Nobody put you on that bed. You did that.”
While this episode of Fix My Life was undoubtedly difficult for Bonnie, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Since the show, Bonnie has lost a considerable amount of weight and was even able to stand up for the first time in five years.
David, The Man Who Proposed As A Joke
Watching this episode starring the now-famous pastor who proposed to his wife as a joke left a lot of viewers with one question: “Why?” Why would you confess that on TV? Why drag children into it? Why is he crying? Not wanting to be married in the first place definitely explains a lot when it comes to his bad behavior in the relationship.
If this man doesn’t regret embarrassing his family and himself on national TV, he definitely should…