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 “baby daddy” drama she’s experienced with ex Russell “Block” Spencer.
Kandi called him a “poster boy for deadbeat,” and explained he had gone “years without checking in” on Riley.
“We really don’t talk,” she said. “I’ve always tried to be open whenever he reach out… [but] I don’t respect him no more.”
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. “I told him that day, ‘That’s fine motherf*cker, because you’ll never have to worry about how she is. You’ll need her before she needs you.’ And I meant that sh*t. I meant it,” Kandi said, adding that she never tried to interfere with Riley’s relationship with her father.
“Even if I can’t stand his punk ass, if he wants her to call him, I make her call him,” she said. “But if I really say the sh*t that he’s done that she ain’t privy to, that’s gonna hurt my daughter.”
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.
“I know it might seem funny to you for me coming out of the blue like this, but it’s kind of a concern that I’ve been having,” Kelli said, adding that she was encouraging Spencer to reach out to his daughter more. “I’m really all about families. I would love to see you both come together.”
“Riley at a certain point used to reach out to him, and he never really would reach back,” Kandi said. “And she put up this wall… She doesn’t want to deal with it.”
“I didn’t have a relationship with my father,” Kandi said, adding that the situation kills her on the inside. “And I don’t want to see my child go through that.”
Sheree completely sympathized with the situation. “I didn’t have a relationship with my dad either,” Whitfield said. “Little girls, they want their daddies involved. All Riley has is your word to hold on to. So when you don’t show up, that is devastating. It’s sad.”
Kandi’s husband Todd Tucker encouraged Riley to reach out to her father. “I think every daughter should know their dad,” he said. “It ain’t about him or Kandi. It’s about Riley. And you’ve got to do what’s best for her at the end of the day.”
But Riley didn’t seem interested in having a father. “I don’t really want to say that I don’t care, but it’s like … they call that ‘void,’” she told Kandi. “He should be the one [to try to connect with me], not his girlfriend.”
Spencer painted a different picture of the situation. “People don’t know, but I was there when she was born,” he claimed. “I mean… even when [Kandi] was saying I wasn’t doing nothing, I was doing something.”
“If she don’t urge my daughter to call me, I’m not fitting to make you come see me,” he added. “I’m not gonna do that.”
The estrangement really seemed to bother his girlfriend Kelli. “They have shut him out, completely,” she said. “[Kandi] thinks that if she brings Riley around again, he won’t show up.”
“We need a conversation about doing the right thing,” Kelli added.
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