According to Erica Jean, Iyanla Vanzant failed to fix her life and possibly made things worse between her and “Love & Hip Hop: New York” babydaddy Saigon.
“It was the opposite of what I thought it would be,” Erica told TheJasmineBrand.com. “The reason why I went on the show was help co-parenting with my child. I didn’t get that.”
Erica said she reached out to the series back in December when she and Saigon were trying to work on their relationship. She thought Iyanla would help end the verbal abuse “LHHNY” viewers witnessed between her and Saigon. Instead, she said she felt Saigon manipulated Iyanla into placing all the blame for their troubles on her.
“I didn’t know that she had spoken to him earlier,” said Erica who felt like the interview was one-sided. “I think it was just a complete turnaround, like just roasting me the whole entire show. It was a misjustice of women going through things like this with the father of their child and have no where to go.”
Erica said Saigon used the show as an opportunity to try to clean up his image that reportedly took a hit after season 4 aired on VH1.
“Saigon manipulated Iyanla to kinda put it all on me,” said Erica who doesn’t think Iyanla even watched an episode of their show. “This was his chance, he felt, to make himself look better. He lost a lot of fans and just a lot of people were on him. Instead of going on there and being truthful and being himself, he put on this facade of him just being this man trying to be a father with this angry woman… He took it as an opportunity to play the victim.”
Unfortunately for Erica, who said she was honestly looking for help, little has changed in her relationship with Saigon, who hasn’t spent time with their son in months, she said.
“He hasn’t seen our son since the show and that was in January,” said Erica who has taken Saigon to court for child custody before. “He makes excuses. At the end of the day, he has not seen our son because of his choices, not because of my choices.”
Though Iyanla didn’t provide Erica the type of help she wanted, she said she sort of understands where the OWN host was coming from.
“She was trying to help me be a better woman and a better mother,” explained Erica. “It just was kind of a… I felt like an attack, moreso than helping me.”
It was Erica’s idea to seek help from Iyanla, but it wasn’t her decision to be on “LHHNY,” and she’s not sure she’ll be back.
“We’re not planning to return,” she said. “I wasn’t even supposed to be on the show. Saigon was on the show with another female and it didn’t work out. It was never my desire to be on a reality show.”
Watch a clip from the episode below.
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