R&B Diva Syleena Johnson says, "I forgive my parents...they did their best with what they had"

Okay Mrs Syleena Johnson, you better work it out!
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I was reading an interview done with  R&B Diva's Syleena Johnson. 

Saturday July 27, 2013 we will see her on Iyanla Fix My Life and she will open up about the hurt she has been dealing with concerning her mother Brenda. 

If you watched Syleena on the R&B Diva's then you know recently she allowed her mother to move into her house to help her with some of the demons she's been facing. 

Before allowing her mother Brenda to come in and live with her family, Syleena knew her mother was still struggling with drugs, self esteem, and most important issues that have not been resolved from her childhood.



My heart goes out to Syleena Johnson.  It's hard to fix child like situations in your adult life
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I like it when Syleena said at the end interview, I forgive my parents, because they did their best with what they had.  Oh my goodness, if those words don't ring freedom in my ears.  It sounds like some of the chains that needed to be broken, are starting with her and I'm so happy to know that, because the family chains have to be broken through somebody. 

She did an exclusive interview with Essence Magazine and here are a just a few questions I found inspiring:

Essence:  What made you decide to go on Iyanla?
Syleena: I've been a fan of her work for years.  Ever since I was 16 years old.  I really felt like she could bring some clarity and bring my family to the next level, because we've been struggling with so many issues.  It's one part to live apart from your family and not have to deal with those issues.  But when my mother moved in with me, those issues came back.  I thought it would be really great to get Iyanla on board with my family, but also for a lot of daughters out there who are dealing with issues like mines with their moms. 

(middle) Sylenna Johnson with her sisters (Left) Sylette (Right) Syleecia/Manager
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Essence:  When did you realize the lack of emotion was not was something that was not common?
Syleena: I was in a lot of sports and activities in high school and I would be around my friends a lot, because my mom worked and my dad would be on the road.  I would get rides with friends and their families and would see how their parents talked to them.  Not to say they were wonderful and great, but I would see things that I never saw in my household.  When I began to question my family about it, I was faced with being call the "b word" and a "whore."  That's where the turmoil really started with my mom. 

Essence:  Have you forgiven your parents?
Syleena: I've forgiven them and I've accepted them for who they are.  What I'm struggling with is how to deal with this from this point forward.  What I'm seeking in therapy is how do you deal with others in your environment that are not trying to change?  I do forgive them, because they did the best they could with what they had.  But that still doesn't mean I have to accept their ways in my world. 

For the full interview visit Essence.com
The show will air tomorrow night @ 9pm EST on OWN

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