Iyanla Vanzant, the spiritual counselor who premiered her OWN channel show "Iyanla: Fix My Life" featuring rapper DMX, released a video message in support of the music artist despite his negative reaction to the show.
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Earl "DMX" Simmons, the 42-year-old rapper, appeared on the second season premiere of OWN's "Iyanla: Fix My Life," and has been vocal about feeling that the spiritual counselor has portrayed him in the wrong light. While viewers watched him curse and yell at Vanzant on the show after she questioned his drug addiction and parenting, she decided to pledge her support for the rapper after the show ended.
In the video released on her Twitter account, Vanzant spoke about the rapper's friends and family possibly expecting to hear about his untimely death amid his battle with alleged drug abuse.
"I know we haven't spoken since our time together in Yonkers. And what I'm hearing is that they are just waiting for the call," Vanzant said in the video. "They are waiting for the day they get the call. And you know what I mean."
Still, Vanzant said she was remaining positive about his recovery.
"But I'm not waiting for that call. I'm calling on you, and I'm not going to give up on you," Vanzant said in the video. "I will not stand by and watch my brother die."
She reminded him of the person that he could become if he chose.
"I want you to remember the person you became in the final months of your grandmother's life. That's a clean life," Vanzant told the rapper in the video. "You can be that man today and every day. Just remember what your son said to you, 'I want a relationship with you that is not toxic.'"
The spiritual counselor went on to remind DMX that recovery from his addiction was possible, while pledging her support and love to him.
"My brother, Earl, DMX, I support you," she told him in the video. "I love you and I'm calling on all of my beloveds … to send you their love and support ... my door is always open."