NFL Superstar Terrell Owens Opens Up to Iyanla Vanzant About His Struggles on 'Iyanla: Fix My Life'

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October 4th, 2013

Iyanla Fix My Life Terrell Owens

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Owens Kicks-Off New Episodes Starting on

Saturday, November 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network  

OWN’s popular self-help series “Iyanla: Fix My Life” returns on Saturday, November 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with all-new episodes, the first featuring NFL superstar Terrell Owens.


In an emotional episode, spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant travels to Alexander City, Alabama, the hometown of acclaimed and controversial American football wide receiver Terrell Owens, who despite incredible talent and enormous success as a professional athlete finds himself in personal crisis which threatens his future.


The goal of Iyanla’s visit is to help Terrell confront issues from his past that continue to negatively affect him in the present, as well as to encourage him to take the necessary first steps to repairing what is broken in his life, career and relationships.


Through a series of emotional heart-to-heart sessions, Iyanla uncovers the pain from Terrell’s childhood—rarely seeing his mother and not knowing the identity of his father—and soon realizes that some of Terrell’s bad behavior on and off the field likely stems from his feelings of abandonment as a child.  It is immediately apparent that the relationship with his mother and father must be healed before he can move forward, including fixing the relationship with his own children.


As Terrell’s healing process continues, Iyanla encourages him to take ownership for his wrongdoings.  Only after admitting his faults and strengthening the relationship with his mother and father is Terrell finally ready to break the negative cycle that has been holding him back.


New episodes of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will continue to air weekly on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.   The series is produced by Harpo Productions, Inc.


To watch a sneak peek of the episode (with embed code), please visit:


For additional information on “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” please visit   To join the discussion on Twitter, please use #fixmylife and @iyanlavanzant.

  • Ron

    I haven’t been able to find you.

  • steven m. burton

    Terrell Owens is a magnificently gifted athlete. Watch him an interview and you see he has major personal issues. I always sensed there was something from his childhood that left him with poor development of getting along with others.

    Another thing is that I think T.O. has some unresolved issues about his sexual identity. As a man who truly loves to love women in the way nature intended, I know that being straight is more than being able to perform heterosexual coitus. Not saying Terrell is gay. Just saying I think he is like any number of men who are what is now termed as “queer.” That word has a different meaning now. It can apply to someone who has a fluid sexuality that shows responsiveness to both sexes at any given time. Kind of like bisexuality, but more transient in nature. Queer can also mean those who “love” one sex emotionally and the other physically. This view of queerness usually breaks groups down into heteroaffective and homoaffective. Though there are a number of variations in all these descriptions. My guess is that T.O. falls into one of these categories.

    It’s not that I entirely subscribe to so-called queer theory, but I think there are some valid points within it. Not everyone fits neatly into the either/or of the straight and gay paradigm.

    I really hope Terrell finds what he needs to be happy and healthy and productive after professional sports is over for him. A distant mother and absent father left a large void in his life. Many people can’t afford the psychological help needed to heal from that type of upbringing nor do they have the name recognition to get the care for free from a therapist-cum- TV personality. Fortunately for T.O., he has that chance. Fame and wealth definitely have their perks.

  • Wowwhatanidiot

    Steven M. Burton, that is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve read in quite some time. You think he’s gay because…you just think it sounds cool to pull things out of thin air?

    In other news…

    The media has really done a number on him. They’ve managed to convince even him that there’s something specially wrong about him. Bad behavior on and off the field…such as? He has no arrests, no criminal record whatsoever. He hasn’t done anything of note.

    He’s no different than your run-of-the-mill person, only he celebrated touchdowns in a way that rubbed people the wrong way 13 years ago and he’s still footing the bill for it. People everywhere just moved the goal posts and snowballed contrived controversy on him until they were attacking a strawman, whom I deem “tur-RELL Owens.” Meanwhile, Michael Vick electrocutes 87 dogs and Aldon Smith goes out drinking and driving and there’s no melodramatic story about their damaged psyches from childhood.

    Give it a rest.

  • steven m. burton

    Well your name fits you well. You certainly are an idiot and possibly illiterate. In my original post I specifically state that I was not calling T.O. gay. Can you not read or is it attention deficit disorder? Or, more likely, garden variety homophobia.

    What I wrote is from seeing him interact with other men in pro sports and in some of his ill-advised reality TV outings. He seems to have difficulty in knowing how to get along with other men and from my own experiences I see some patterns. Because of feelings of resentment toward an early male figure in one’s life and later strong positive feelings towards other men conflicting with them, a person can naturally be at a loss as to how to proceed. Often that is expressed in the kinds of behavior exhibited by T.O.

    You’re right about one thing, he hasn’t been involved in criminality. The media has messed with him because he is a big personality. Enough people dislike him to allow the media to attack without fear of being accused of bias. In Michael Vick’s case there was a practice looked down upon by much of society, though not all of society. Lower-income rural whites, a segment of rural African-Americans and some Latino immigrant populations embrace dogfighting. I live in an area where it is practiced by any number of shine-willing rednecks, who wondered why they punished that black football player. He paid his debt to society and does not go around trying to garner media attention. T.O. does seem to like the limelight. Fame has its privileges and it does entail costs. Only an interesting story will keep them coming. To wit, all those celeb biographies detailing being molested or drug-addicted. In other words, pimping out one’s suffering for a buck.

    My main point on T.O. is that I hope he finds a way to get to know and accept all of himself and move on to do other things in life without all the chaos. Hopefully this Iyanla person can help him achieve that. But it is not generally, IMO, a healthy thing to go thing these internal deliberations and often painful emotional and psychological changes in the public eye.

    You’re entitled to your opinion. I’m entitled to mine. I don’t know everything. Neither do you. My observations were based on my own personal experiences and those of other people I have known. Your musings seem to spring from a snap judgment and a none-too-subtle soupcon of anger.

    Give your own judgmental tripe a rest.

  • IamMe

    It is not like Terrell Owens was beaten up or sexually abused as a child. So many people have experienced such things and yet come out successfully. So this guy’s parents were emotionally distant. That is very normal in modern society. But he thinks that justifies him being a racist. On TO Ocho show he repeatedly picked on ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre, Tom Brady etc. He even made crude remarks on how Tom Brady looks calling him a girl etc. And through his tweets and interviews he kept on attacking Tebow for getting all the attention that Tebow was able to generate. Yet Terrell Owens has great admiration for a criminal like Michael Vick simply because he is black and no other reason. Terrell Owens is a racist who hates white men. He drops his racism when it comes to sleeping with women. For he likes to sleep with and flaunt white women. One of these white women hung around him and even appeared on his reality shows but dumped him when she realized this fool was not going to be play football anymore. Did Iyanla address these racist issues that Terrell Owens has? Why not? Being a racist is a terrible thing.

    I have to agree with Steve Burton that Terrell Owens is a bit of a queer. Emotionally he behaves just like a woman. He cries bucket loads of tears in public, admires Oprah – which is a show for women -, loves reality shows with gossip content etc. I don’t think physically he is a homosexual. But emotionally he is a woman.

  • AR

    How many ways can you strip this man of his dignity>>>Sad he is being denied the chance to find work and support his children..His father and mother should be ashamed of the way they treated him in his childhood.Now they are asking his forgivness?This man gave to many when he had the money.I really believe he had a good spirit and heart and beg someone give him another chance maybe in broadcasting or coaching…There are many playing in football today that have been giving a second chance that can’t hold a candle to TO’s playing record.I believe he had a chip on his shoulder stemming from his childhood to be reconized.Please somebody give him work..Bring back his dignity..Tears broke my heart…

  • Nita

    I watched this show with Iyanla Vanzant and it was touching. It made sense of some of his antics on the field was do to his childhood. It was a very good show and helped me to understand more of Terrell. I pray that he, his mom, and his dad, can work together and resolve some of the major problems in Terrell’s life.

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