Kandi Burruss Calls Daughter Riley’s Father a Deadbeat


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.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

Photo Credit: Bravo

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I don’t watch this show anymore but was bored so read this sorry. It pissed me off. No DUMB F**K, as a father it’s YOUR responsibility to reach out to your child and bend over backwards to be in her life and be a dad, and not the other way round. Riley is better off not knowing this useless ball sac!! I doubt if she needed a kidney to save her life that he would even give her one . He’s just a sperm donor and better left on the curb

I see this story from all angles. As an aging adult, I have a different view than maybe I did when I was young. I understand that Riley never had a dad she could rely on, and he was out of the picture. He is also a man who hurt her mother too by rejecting her. She is a child and sees what she knows her mom may want first, not wanting to hurt her. As an adult who found out late about paternity and via a late DNA test, knowing that the dad who raised me was not biologically… Read more »
RealSandy thank you for sharing such an intimate side of yourself and a difficult story. I’m sure this was extremely difficult for you to navigate or understand as a young woman . I hope that you’ve healed and found your peace since then ❤️❤️❤️ . Judging by how lovingly you talk about your sons, you’re an amazing mother as well as a remarkable woman xoxo I don’t watch the show. But my understanding is that nobody is keeping this man from Riley . All he has to do is pick up the phone and ask to see her or even… Read more »
RealSandy, I have 2 friends who uploaded their DNA info into Ancestry.com and were able to locate their long lost biological parents or at least half siblings. Apparently , many other people upload their info and then the website would give you a hit based on similar alleles etc and connect you with those profiles. If you haven’t done that, it may be worth a try. Even if your biological father has passed, you could have siblings who would help you know more about him or they may even be looking for you . I’m sorry if I’m stepping out… Read more »
I have done that a few years ago now. I have not found anyone too closely related, and the most related person I found will not put a family tree up or give out anything personal to me. This person’s account is handled by someone else who said she knows nothing…. The matches are mostly 4th cousins or higher. I can see the names and the regions where my ancestors lived, and knowing my mother’s information, I have pinpointed the part of Italy where my paternal ancestors came from, and maybe even the exact town, since I match several from… Read more »

P.S. I am on Ancestry just about daily and just was there before I read your comment. 😉

I imagined that you had done all that but just thought I’d make the suggestion anyways 🙂 I know you’re a smart and resourceful woman and would leave no stone unturned. And yes, there are other site(s) and hopefully you have luck there .

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Having watched from the sidelines on some custody battles, I am going to say that until you live it, you don’t know the full story, and I am wary of a one sided telling of a story no matter how much you like a person. My boyfriend gets labelled as a “deadbeat” because he doesn’t communicate with his ex the way she wants…but he regularly sees his kids, his kids worship him, the oldest wants to live with us more, has been fighting in court to get education and medical information that she blocked him from getting before, and he… Read more »

Well put. We just don’t know all of it, and the children are innocent.