Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss may have a newborn, but it’s her thirteen year old daughter Riley’s baby daddy that causing her drama. On this week’s episode of the show, Burruss broke down over the â€œbaby daddyâ€ drama sheâ€™s experienced with ex Russell â€œBlockâ€ Spencer.
Kandi called him a â€œposter boy for deadbeat,â€ and explained he had gone â€œyears without checking inâ€ on Riley.
â€œWe really donâ€™t talk,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™ve always tried to be open whenever he reach outâ€¦ [but] I donâ€™t respect him no more.â€
While talking to Sheree Whitfield, Kandi shared that when she was pregnant, Spencer called her and told her he wasn’t going to have anything to do with their baby. â€œI told him that day, â€˜Thatâ€™s fine motherf*cker, because youâ€™ll never have to worry about how she is. Youâ€™ll need her before she needs you.â€™ And I meant that sh*t. I meant it,â€ Kandi said, adding that she never tried to interfere with Riley’s relationship with her father.
â€œEven if I canâ€™t stand his punk ass, if he wants her to call him, I make her call him,â€ she said. â€œBut if I really say the sh*t that heâ€™s done that she ainâ€™t privy to, thatâ€™s gonna hurt my daughter.â€
All of the discussions about Riley’s father started when Block’s girlfriend Kris Kelli dropped by The Kandi Factory to discuss why Riley seemed so distant with her father.
â€œI know it might seem funny to you for me coming out of the blue like this, but itâ€™s kind of a concern that Iâ€™ve been having,â€ Kelli said, adding that she was encouraging Spencer to reach out to his daughter more. â€œIâ€™m really all about families. I would love to see you both come together.â€
â€œRiley at a certain point used to reach out to him, and he never really would reach back,â€ Kandi said. â€œAnd she put up this wallâ€¦ She doesnâ€™t want to deal with it.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t have a relationship with my father,â€ Kandi said, adding that the situation kills her on the inside. â€œAnd I donâ€™t want to see my child go through that.â€
Sheree completely sympathized with the situation. â€œI didnâ€™t have a relationship with my dad either,â€ Whitfield said. â€œLittle girls, they want their daddies involved. All Riley has is your word to hold on to. So when you donâ€™t show up, that is devastating. Itâ€™s sad.â€
Kandi’s husband Todd Tucker encouraged Riley to reach out to her father. â€œI think every daughter should know their dad,â€ he said. â€œIt ainâ€™t about him or Kandi. Itâ€™s about Riley. And youâ€™ve got to do whatâ€™s best for her at the end of the day.â€
But Riley didn’t seem interested in having a father. â€œI donâ€™t really want to say that I donâ€™t care, but itâ€™s like â€¦ they call that â€˜void,â€™” she told Kandi. â€œHe should be the one [to try to connect with me], not his girlfriend.”
Spencer painted a different picture of the situation. â€œPeople donâ€™t know, but I was there when she was born,â€ he claimed. â€œI mean… even when [Kandi] was saying I wasnâ€™t doing nothing, I was doing something.â€
â€œIf she donâ€™t urge my daughter to call me, Iâ€™m not fitting to make you come see me,â€ he added. â€œIâ€™m not gonna do that.â€
The estrangement really seemed to bother his girlfriend Kelli. â€œThey have shut him out, completely,â€ she said. â€œ[Kandi] thinks that if she brings Riley around again, he wonâ€™t show up.â€
â€œWe need a conversation about doing the right thing,â€ Kelli added.
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