‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Shay Johnson’s Family Issues Explored On ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life’

Love & Hip Hop star Shay Johnson notched another show on her reality television belt when she and her family members appeared on Sunday night’s premiere of Iyanla: Fix My Life.

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Shay and Emjay Johnson are on ‘Love & Hip Hop: Miami’

Both Shay and Emjay (one of her brothers) star in the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Shay first got her start in the franchise as a supporting cast member on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in the first two seasons of the show. She came back in the fold to star in Love & Hip Hop: Miami. She is an original cast member of this spinoff, starring in the show’s three seasons that have aired to-date. Also, before Love & Hip Hop, Shay was on reality television once before. She appeared on VH1’s Flavor of Love, as well as Charm School as Buckeey. Emjay joined Love & Hip Hop: Miami in its third season.

Iyanla Vanzant tries to get to the root

Shay, Emjay and Joe, their other brother, appeared on a two-hour episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life. They confronted their mother about some long-running family issues.

According to an official description of the episode provided by the network:

Reality star Shay Johnson is no stranger to cameras and conflict, but when it comes to healing the divisions in her family – well, that is quite different. When asking for Iyanla’s help to mend her broken relationship with her mother and brothers, the work required may be more than Shay bargained for.

Ahead of the episode, Madame Noire released an exclusive clip from the episode, showing the brothers talking to Iyanla about their mother and their sister after their first day of taping.


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“Everything I seen yesterday is what I see on the regular,” Emjay told Vanzant. “I seen my mother, when you talk to her or say certain things, she tries to blow it off or make you feel like that’s not really it. That’s not really true. That’s not how you feel. It makes me not want to have certain conversations because I know the reaction.”

When the conversation takes a turn to lay a lot of the blame of the family’s problems on Shay, Vanzant says that the root of the issue does not lie specifically with their sister.

Your mother’s meaner than a wet cat,” she said. “I ain’t talking about your momma but I’m talking about that behavior. I see it in your sister. You cannot solve the problem if you do not know what the problem is. Y’all think the problem is Shay. It’s not… All of you demonstrate it in one way or another. Shay acts out, you got to work and you run away.”

Iyanla: Fix My Life airs weekly on OWN.