Sunday, January 23, 2022

Iyanla Vanzant Rejects R. Kelly for ‘Fix My Life’ (but Doesn’t Think He Deserves Jail)

*The woman known for fixing folk’s lives apparently wants no parts of R. Kelly’s. Iyanla Vanzant says she gave a big NO to the troubled singer when he asked her to on her OWN show “Iyanla: Fix My Life.”

According to Vanzant, Kelly – who’s dealing with  allegations of predatory and sexually abusive behavior with women and underage girls – wasn’t ready for her help. Vanzant spoke to ABC News about dealing with him ahead of this past weekend’s season six premiere of her show.

The noted motivational speaker said R. Kelly reached out to her well before the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”

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“He didn’t meet one of the criteria that we had for guests,” she said. “Are they willing? Are they ready? Do they have the capacity to do the work? He didn’t have it, the emotional capacity. He just didn’t have it, and I knew, based on what I was looking at — the paces I would have had to take him though — it would have been brutal. He didn’t have the capacity because he hasn’t done the work.”

Vanzant, who said she’s experienced sexual violence herself, said that Kelly would need to own up to what he’s done for any healing to happen, but she said that prison isn’t the answer, either.

“I would never, ever condone or justify anything that he’s been accused of doing,” she said. “But locking him up in jail is not the answer … he’s sick … Just like the people he allegedly committed these acts with — they’re sick. This needs to be massive healing — them, him all of them.

“But I do know, without some long-term intervention, he doesn’t have the capacity. Just wouldn’t be able to hear it, receive it. Classic thing is that he’s not telling the truth about it.”

Watch what Vanzant has to say about R. Kelly in the player above.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. There has never been an instance of a pedophile being “cured”. Ever. Leaving R Kelly outside the walls of an institution will do nothing but endanger more young lives.

    Pedophiles are the one reason I vacillate on the death penalty. As long as there’s any chance of a pedophile’s being released into the general population, children are in danger.

    There’s no “healing” this man. He will always be a danger to society. Lock him up for life, or give him the death penalty.

    Looking forward to his being brought to justice.

  2. If it were someone she loved or cared about, I’m sure she would feel different. The monster known as R. Kelly needs to be in jail!

  3. VERY WELL DONE, IYANLA!!!! I agree with you whole heartedly and feel (not that I get a vote, it is your show after all) you have made a very wise decision. <3

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