Oprah.com(NEW YORK) — Iyanla Vanzant is back on Iyanla: Fix My Life, helping even more people deal with their issues. Still, the self-help guru has already raised eyebrows thanks to this season’s first guests — Love & Hip Hop‘s Erica and Saigon, known for their volatile relationship, which was shown on their hit VH1 reality series. Vanzant tells ABC News Radio why many viewers will be able to relate to their story since the pair is struggling to raise their son together.
“They represent a major issue in the broader community, which is co-parenting through difficulty,” she says. “They represent a young demographic. They represent a demographic of people who parent children without a solid relationship. They represent people who want to co-parent when they don’t even like each other.”
In the past Vanzant has featured many celebrities on her show, including rapper DMX and reality star Sheree Whitfield. Vanzant says although many celebs say they regret coming onto the show afterward, it doesn’t bother her because her show doesn’t invite celebs on in the first place. In fact, Vanzant says, “ninety-nine percent of our guests have come to us.”
She adds, “We use public people not because they’re public people but because we’re trying to make the point that we’re all in the same boat just with different paddles. And the other reason is because public people will bring eyeballs to the show and the show is about the issue not about the individual.”
One of the most watched Fix My Life episodes was when former Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada came on to discuss her life and marriage to then-husband, former NFL player Chad Johnson. The episode aired as reports came out that Johnson head-butted Lozada, forcing the reality star to get stitches in her forehead. The two later divorced in 2013, just six weeks after walking down the aisle.
Vanzant says Lozada is one of her favorite Fix My Life success stories. “She took the information. She put it into practice in her life. She made some lasting changes and is doing really, really well personally,” she explains.
Lozada is now engaged to professional baseball player, Carl Crawford. The two welcomed their first child together, Carl Leo, in March.
Iyanla: Fix My Life returns to OWN Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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