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August 22, 2014, 1:37 pm

Vanzant tackles ‘Basketball Wife’ drama

Life coach Iyanla Vanzant, who recently reconciled and reconnected with media mogul Oprah Winfrey, will “tackle the private struggles” of “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, the estranged wife of NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, in the two-part series premiere of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” airing at 10 p.m. Sunday, September 15 and 22 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

On location with Lozada, who was reeling from “shocking headlines, domestic abuse allegations, a cancelled reality show and a failed marriage,” Vanzant works to “uncover the source of Lozada's innermost pain, giving her the tools to let go and move forward with her life.”

In the engrossing new series “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Vanzant travels the country on a mission to restore relationships and heal lives. Earlier this summer, according to the network, Vanzant visited Miami to meet newlyweds Johnson and Lozada and explore the couple's publicly volatile relationship. Despite Johnson choosing not to participate in the session, Vanzant and Lozada connected one-on-one and tapped into the deep-rooted anger, resentment and insecurities that have plagued Lozada.  

“You've been rewarded for being a thug among women. It's going to cost you,” Vanzant says during the confrontation.

Weeks later, after the shocking allegations of a domestic violence incident in which Johnson reportedly head-butted his wife came to light, Vanzant reconnected with an “emotionally raw” Lozada in New York for a no-holds-barred conversation that details the eye-opening events of the night that led Lozada to file for divorce.

“How did you get to stitches in your forehead, living in a hotel?” Vanzant asks, and admonishes, “Evelyn, that's off...that 'I can ignore a push and a shove, but when he messes with my image, oh, now we've got a problem!'“ Lozada appears to be nearing a breakthrough when she is asked to contemplate, “What scares me the most is...” and tearfully concludes, “Not being loved.”

Having overcome a number of personal struggles, Vanzant is uniquely suited to help people fix their lives, “using her past to help others' futures.” Viewers can join this intriguing conversation on Twitter using #IyanlaFixMyLife.

 

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