A new season of Iyanla: Fix My Life is underway on the Oprah Winfrey Network, but Iyanla Vanzant is still dealing with some unfinished business from the season finale of another show, Braxton Family Values. The author and life coach was asked to help the Braxton sisters work through some of their issues on the we TV reality show, during which time it was revealed that the youngest of the family, Tamar Braxton, had been sexually abused. Since the episode aired however, Tamar claimed Iyanla forced her to reveal she was molested as a child and took to social media to accuse the TV personality of sex-shaming her. She also went on to call her a “fraud” and the “devil.”
When Iyanla stopped by our office, we asked her about the fallout between her and Tamar and she shared her side of things. “The Braxtons invited me onto their platform to support them in healing an upset. They had a clear vision and intention. My work was to support them in getting from where they were to where they wanted to be…I did what I was supposed to do. Tamar gets to choose how she responds to that,” the inspirational speaker told us.
As far as the allegation of sex-shaming Tamar, Iyanla went on to say, “I know this, I’m not in the business — have never been in the business — of dishonoring, disrespecting, diminishing, or dismissing Black women. So when I heard about all of these allegations, I said, ‘that’s her choice.’ Here’s what I know, what goes around comes around and I’m an elder. My job is to pray for her and that’s what I’ll do.”
Check out the full interview with Iyanla Vanzant in the video above and tune in to Iyanla: Fix My Life on Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.