Exclusive Interview With Iyanla Vanzant: Can This Woman Fix Evelyn Lozada?

Iyanla, Fix My Life with guest Evelyn Lozada. — Photo by Todd Plitt

In one swoop, “Basketball Wives” co-star Evelyn Lozada had lost it all, her glamorous lifestyle, reality show, and her marriage shortly after the storybook wedding. Lozada tells all to Iyanla Vanzant in the powerful two-part series premiere of “Iyanla, Fix My Life,” airing two Saturdays in a row, Sept. 15 and 22, at 10 p.m. EST/PST on OWN.

If Lozada was ever going to reclaim her life, she needed some tough love from a woman who had walked in her red bottoms. Relationship expert and author (her latest book, Peace From Broken Pieces) Iyanla Vanzant is qualified for the task, and then some.

Vanzant appeared on the “Oprah” show every Tuesday in the late ’90s to share tough truths to guests about their relationship issues.  Vanzant was magnetic, a must-see for millions, and the fame, fortune and million-dollar book deals rolled in.

A year into her routine, Vanzant met with Oprah and Harpo executives to discuss the possibility of hosting her own show, but they felt it was too soon for Vanzant to make that move.  Vanzant left Oprah to host the “Iyanla Show,” and in 2002, the show was canceled after its first season.

After the show was canceled, Vanzant’s daughter Gemmia succumbed to cancer, her marriage ended and the million-dollar book deals were gone.

Last February, Oprah and Vanzant met face-to-face once again, this time to atone and rekindle the friendship. Vanzant told Oprah, “I didn’t think you wanted me for me. I thought that what I did was what you wanted and I, the person, didn’t matter. … I love you, my sister. Always have, always will.”

The awesome power of forgiveness is on full display with Vanzant’s transformative new show. “Iyanla Vanzant puts the real in reality TV,” Oprah beams on the extended promo for the show, and Vanzant really does.

Deputy Editor, Rolling Out


  • SherriEtienne
    September 10, 2012

    Evelyn is full of shiggidy and totally milking this domestic violence ish! Why the hell is her violently aggressive azz on everybody’s show and so soon after the incident took place? That is not the sign of a woman who loves or loved her husband, its the sign of a money grubbing, capitalist who has obviously made a huge bargain with the fame devills and is eager to collect! Sad… I hope she keeps in mine that fame is not without cost and just like in the movie, The Box, sure you accepted the money under the terms that somwhere, a person you do not know will die. Not realizing that before she accepted her deal, someone, somewhere else agreed to the same terms and conditions and the cycle continues.
    Karma is crazy and her actions are pathetic. If Chad did head-butt her, he deserves to be punished, but like Chris Brown and Rihanna, there is definitely waaaay more to the story than you could ever imagine.

  • Fiyah
    September 14, 2012

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