However, Iyanla’s blunt delivery often rubbed people up the wrong way and at times. In a recent interview with Tamron Hall, Iyanla shared that at times, those moments led to her receiving death threats.
“I’m very sensitive to energy. Because you go into people’s homes [on the show], you’re in their bathroom, you’re in their kitchen and then they think they know you and they think they have a right to say certain things because we’re not clear and conscious of the energy we send out. So through the emails, through the social media, people would come into my home,” she explained. “I was getting death threats, because they didn’t like something I said about it. And I’m like, I want to be free of this. I don’t want this. I got death threats around certain shows, around certain issues, around things that I said.”
She continued, “People would come to my home, you know, because with the internet, they can find you anywhere. They would call me, ‘I know you don’t know me, but I need help.’ Wait a minute, hold up! I have so many vehicles and avenues where I serve people. I’m on social media, I have classes, I teach. You don’t get to call me on my private phone at two o’clock in the morning. So I just wanted to be free of that. That was more important to me.”
However, there is much about the show that the life coach is proud of.
“Each story has shown where I have really done the healing, where more healing was required, where things I didn’t know need to be healed. It was eye-opening,” she told Ebony in April. “Whenever you stand out in the public, you have to realize that if it’s in the chair, it’s in the room. If my guest was in front of me, it was a part of me,” she asserts. “I needed to be able to recognize that. I believe that’s why I was able to go hard on some guests because I recognized some part of myself and knew what was possible”.