How Iyanla Fixed Her Life: Spiritual Coach Shares How She Escaped Domestic Abuse

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  • Each week on “Iyanla: Fix My Life” we watch Iyanla Vanzant help celebrities and everyday people overcome their personal struggles to live a better life. But, on an upcoming episode of the hit OWN series, we get a glimpse in the spiritual life coach’s personal story of survival.

    In a new promo clip, Iyanla shares her experience of living through domestic violence with guest Janetria.

    “After I got hit in my head with a bed slat, I woke up at three o’clock in the morning and something said to me, ‘If you don’t leave here now, he’s going to kill you,’” she said. “And I creeped out of the bed and I got a bag of clothes for each of my kids and one for me. And I left.”

    “I had nowhere to go, I had no money to get there — I didn’t even care,” she continued. “But I had to be willing to lose everything to gain it all.”

    Iyanla didn’t advice Janetria, who is also in an abusive relationship, to leave her husband. She simply advised her to make to best choice for her life. “I’m not advocating at all for the ending of your marriage,” she explained. “I’m advocating for the beginning of your life.”

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