Andre, a 44-year-old father, helped foster a passion for dancing in his son Jovan, who is now a 24-year-old professional dancer living in Los Angeles. Three years ago, Jovan came out to his parents. Andre has struggled since, believing he has failed Jovan in some way, that Jovan has chosen to be gay and is too "ashamed" to tell his own father that Jovan is gay. Jovan feels his father's reaction is a rejection of who he is. Before this father and son can heal, Iyanla has a special assignment for Jovan: To create a dance piece expressing who he really is to his father. Watch Jovan's powerful expression and see how it moves his father.
Traci, 44, disapproves of her 20-year-old daughter's fiance, a man who has even been banned from the family home at times. Iyanla helps Traci realize she is focusing so much energy on her Jazmin's relationship because she is projecting her own insecurities about being overweight and alone onto her daughter. Watch what happens when Traci makes this emotional confession to her daughter.
Andre and his son, Jovan, had a strong relationship. In fact, Andre helped Jovan discover his passion for dancing, which, years later, became his profession. But when Jovan, now a 24-year-old living in Los Angeles, came out as gay, his father struggled with the news. Watch as Iyanla coaches Andre on how to come to terms with his son’s sexual orientation.
It's the last new episode of 'Iyanla: Fix My Life' of the summer. This Saturday, Iyanla confronts a family in complete denial over their daughter's forbidden engagement and son's unaccepted reality. Can Iyanla bust through this family's facade?
Traci and Andre called Iyanla Vanzant for help because they thought their two children--24-year-old Jovan and 20-year-old Jazmin--were making life choices that are tearing the family apart and causing them serious health problems. Three years ago, Jovan came out to his parents and Andre has been struggling with the idea ever since. After two days with this family, Iyanla urges Andre and Jovan to finally have an honest discussion about Jovan's sexuality and what that reality means to both of them. Can this father and son begin to heal?
Traci and Andre have been married for more than two decades. When their 20-year-old daughter, Jazmin, got engaged to a young man they didn’t approve of, they banned him from the house, causing a rift in the family. They say they’re just being good parents; Iyanla says they’re control freaks. Watch Iyanla reveal why Traci and Andre need to let go.
Chamique Holdsclaw is a former WNBA superstar and Olympic gold medalist trying to rebuild after a violent emotional outburst landed her in jail in 2012. Chamique was arrested after she took a baseball bat to her ex-girlfriend's car and fired a handgun through the door while her ex was in the car. She says the arrest uncovered old, unhealed wounds from when she was taken, at age 11, from her alcoholic mother, Bonita, and placed in the care of her grandmother. As Chamique shares the story of her past, Iyanla begins to wonder whether Chamique's outburst was directed toward her ex or her mother. Watch what happens when Iyanla forces Chamique to confront a truth she has never admitted before.
At age 11, Chamique Holdclaw received a court order to live with her grandmother because her mother, Bonita, struggled with alcohol addiction. Bonita tells Iyanla that, in retrospect, she would have rather had Chamique and her brother go to foster care than live with her mother because she felt her mother 'took over' her children. As Chamique listens on, Bonita opens up to Iyanla about the troubled relationship she had with her mother. Learn why Iyanla says Bonita and Chamique are victims of a cycle of motherless daughters, and hear why Chamique can't forgive Bonita until she forgives her own mother.
It's been a day of revelations and explosive emotions for former WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw and her mother, Bonita, who struggled with alcohol addiction during Chamique's childhood. When an upset Bonita leaves the session, Iyanla follows her to help her face the truth so that she might reconcile with her daughter. Watch what happens when an emotional Bonita apologizes to Chamique and when Iyanla shares her own personal connection to their situation.
Former WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw has spent two days trying to make things right with her mother, Bonita, who was absent and abusing alcohol for much of Chamique's childhood. After a number of emotional conversations with Iyanla, mother and daughter are moving in the right direction. Watch as Chamique opens up about what the process has taught her about her mother and herself. Plus, see what happens when Bonita gives Chamique a special gift, and get an update on their relationship today.