*You can file this story under “That Didn’t Take Long” and “Why are We Not Surprised?”
After only 2 weeks of marriage, Rachel Snider, the woman who married former NFL star Terrell Owens wants a divorce.
Dang, we remember it like it was … well two weeks ago … when Rachel and T.O. said their I do-s at a secret ceremony in a Newhall, California courthouse, just north of LA.
Terrell Owens and Rachel Snider
*Dang, he actually went and did it. Terrell Owens is now among the ranks of the married.
Owens, 40, who had a noted NFL career followed by a stint as a reality TV star, married Rachel Snider, a postal worker, in a secret courthouse ceremony this past week.
The couple pretty much kept its relationship on the down low before springing it on the public out of the blue. We found out because the bride, Rachel Snider, 33, announced the engagement on Facebook earlier this last week.
*He got love through the mail? It seems that way.
Terrell Owens secret future bride doesn’t seem so much a secret now.
The NFL star is said to be marrying a Texas postal worker this upcoming spring — the season for blossoming flowers and love… equaling weddings!
*It’s hard to root for a guy who specializes in being a jackass.
But in the disheartening case of former-NFL-wideout-turned-sorry-sap Terrell Owens, there might be room for an exception.
Aside from crafting a hall-of-fame, 16-year career, Owens’ life is a tire fire, flaming out rapidly, in desperate need of intervention. After an ongoing series of locker room disputes, poor sportsmanship during games, trades to several different teams, and chronic injury, the poor guy finds himself on wrong end of retirement. Take away the myriad of reception yards and touchdowns he amassed on the field, and Owens becomes just another statistic–basically broke, owing thousands in unpaid child support, unemployed, disillusioned, not having the slightest clue of what to do next.
It’s clear he has issues, so many in fact that he appeared this past weekend on Iyanla’s “Fix My Life” in hopes that she could provide sound advice and a sense of positive redirection. To understand why Owens sits on the brink of self-implosion requires understanding of his past. Growing up dirt-poor in rural Alabama, the future pro-bowler’s mother was only 17-years old when he was born. Unable to provide a stable home environment for her newborn boy, she sent Owens to live with his grandmother, a stern disciplinarian who offered tough love, but refused to speak the words, he said. Tears in his eyes, Owens recalled moments in his youth when he was abused by the woman chosen to raise him. He also revealed that his biological father, who lived across the street, hadn’t come into the picture until he was 11 years old.
The hour-long episode proceeds to navigate through Owens’ childhood beginnings, starting in his hometown, where he and Iyanla attempt to connect his past issues to his present drama. She even reunites his broken family. If you have a soft spot for sob stories, get your tissue ready–this one’s a tear-jerker.
Watch clips of the emotional show:
*Something tells us this one’s gonna be hard to watch.
Ex-NFL superstar Terrell Owens will be featured on the first episode of OWN’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life” when it returns on Saturday, November 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
On the episode we see life coach Iyanla Vanzant travel to Alexander City, Alabama to visit Owens in his hometown who needed some guidance to work through a personal crisis which threatens his future.
Terrell still had many unresolved issues from his past that were spilling over into the present in a negative way and Iyanla agreed to assist him in finding the first step toward mending the broken pieces from his life, career and relationships.
The special gives us more insight in Terrell’s past and childhood as he opens up in sessions about not getting to see his mother that much growing up and not knowing who his father was. The emotional one-on-one sessions uncovered a deep sense of abandonment that still lingered with Owens and led to much of his bad behavior and misunderstood attitude.
It becomes clear that in order to fix the relationship he has with his own children, he must resolve the feelings he has towards both his mother and father which will take time and openness.
After the Nov. 2 premiere, new episodes of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will continue to air weekly on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series is produced by Harpo Productions, Inc.
In the heart wrenching video clip below, Vanzant tells a crying Owens, “You’ve become a victim of your talent”: