Kandi Burruss: My Mother Was Way Out Of Line For Calling Todd’s Mother A Prostitute And His Father A Pimp


Kandi Burruss is opening up about her relationship with Todd Tucker, her aunts and of course Mama Joyce in a new interview with Bravo. Burruss admits that her mother was way out of line for calling Todd’s mom a prostitute and his father a pimp. Read what else Kandi reveals about her spin-off show, Kandi’s Wedding.

Bravotv.com: What was your first impression of Todd when you met him? Was there a spark there right off the bat?
Kandi Burruss: He seemed really quiet at first, but when we finally talked our conversation lasted all night long.

Bravotv.com: How did the “lap dance” come about during the Africa trip?
Kandi: It was Todd’s birthday. Some of the crew, Sheree, Todd, and I were in Phaedra’s room acting silly. We started dancing, and I gave him a lap dance because it was his birthday. We were just acting crazy on our last day in Africa.

Bravotv.com: Were you worried about having Carmon so involved with the wedding after her blow up with your mom?
Kandi: No. She is my friend and she worked for me, so I wanted her to be a part of it. I wasn’t going to let the issue she had with my mom stop her from being a part of my wedding. My mom didn’t just have a problem with Carmon, she had a problem with the whole wedding. So if I worried about how my mom felt, there wouldn’t have been a wedding at all.

Bravotv.com: If you had to describe each of your aunts in three words, what would they be?
Kandi: Aunt Nora: Sweet, fun, firecracker
Aunt Bertha: Funny, honest, firecracker
LOL! I have to use firecracker for my whole family, because they will let you have it in the worst way if they don’t like you.

Bravotv.com: Is Weenie a nickname? If so, how did it come about?
Kandi: Weenie’s real name is Joyce. She’s named after my mom. When she was young, she used to be skinny so that they called her Weenie.

Bravotv.com: Why do you think your aunts changed their mind about Todd?
Kandi: My aunts want me to be happy. They feel like they should support my decision, and if it doesn’t work out, they will be there still. They never had a serious problem with him anyway. They were just sticking with their sister, but that was pushing me away and they don’t want to push me away. We were brought up to be a close family, and they want to keep it that way.

Bravotv.com: Where did you wear Reco’s blue “Smurf” dress?
Kandi: I never wore the dress. Last year for the 2013 Bravo Upfront party I asked Reco to make me a dress. It was supposed to be a long flowing dress, but when Kwame picked it up from Reco and brought it to my house the morning I was leaving for my flight…that was the dress. I was so mad. It was a tight blue turtleneck dress with a big blue flower on the shoulder. I looked like a smurf. It didn’t help that I had the blue scarf on my head that I sleep in, that made the pic look even crazier! LOL! Luckily I had a dress in my closet that Carmon had gotten for me that I had never worn, so I just wore that to the party.

Bravotv.com: Tan seemed a little nervous about having Reco make the dresses, did you have any hesitations?
Kandi: I wasn’t nervous, because Reco has made a lot of dresses for me in the past that turned out great. I knew that he wouldn’t allow his reputation to be ruined by messing up my dress. I had gone to a few stores, and I didn’t see anything I liked. I knew that Reco could give me the look I wanted.

Bravotv.com: Was Carmon’s reaction to Todd’s concerns about the wedding planning surprising to you?
Kandi: No. Carmon doesn’t take criticism well. She doesn’t want to hear it. In her mind she’s never wrong. I’m used to Carmon’s attitude, so nothing she says or does is surprising to me.

Bravotv.com: Why was Joyce saying that Todd was raised by a “pimp and a prostitute”?
Kandi: My mom was so wrong for this comment. Todd’s father died when Todd was about 3 or 4. I have no idea why my mom would say that. She claims she heard that from someone, but you would have to ask her.

Bravotv.com: Do you think Carmon overreacted about the conversation with Todd? Why do you think she was so upset?
Kandi: She says that Todd was being mean for no reason, and she felt like he was speaking for me. She was like, if you wanted to fire me, you should’ve done it and not send Todd to do your dirty work. I did not ask Todd to do anything for me. If I wanted to fire her, I would’ve told her. She just got sensitive and over reacted.

Bravotv.com: Has your relationship with Carmon improved now that she no longer works for you?
Kandi: She still works for me… LOL! I told her she could work for me as she looked for something else, but it doesn’t seem like she’s looking for anything, LOL! That’s what happens when your friends work for you.

Photo Credit: Bravo



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  • Terry

    So glad to see Kandi’s wedding top both Nene’s and Kim’s in the ratings. I never have cared much for Kim and quite frankly, I was happy to see her leave the show. Nene on the other hand, is getting more obnoxious by the day. To my, Kandi is definitely on the biggest starts of RHOA and these ratings prove it. She looked fabulous!

  • Cordelia

    Muzzle anybody?

  • Judy McKenzie

    ..Am amazed Kandi hasn’t said “Shady Pines,Ma,shady pines.”
    I really believe Joyce needs REAL help. Early dementia? …Alzheimer’s?
    Anyone notice her coat at play preview? How focused she was on it when Todd was holding it?

  • Margot

    I can remember when Kandi’s mother was first getting airtime and how much of a motherly wise figure she seemed. She used to help out the women to see things sensibly and to try and get along when there were issues, remember? She was the voice of reason.

    So. What in the HADES happened??? How did she flip?? Hormones? Drink? Huffing? Early dementia like Judy said? It’s some t h i n g. I mean she is just cocoa puffs now. And Kandi is too smart. If anybody else said these things about her fiancée she’d go bananas on them. I mean come onnn. Being loyal to a fault is one thing. But you cannot defend this ladies insane attitude towards this sweet guy unless she is. And maybe just maybe Kandi knows something we don’t . Just sayin. Cause boy if my mama said those things to my fiancé I’d pop her one.

  • funkypinky

    You’d pop your mama?!? Geez, what’s wrong with you?

  • Margot

    You understand what tongue in cheek means? It’s a sardonic joke in this case.

    And yeah, I’d whack someone on their bisquits a good one if they were perpetually outta line with me to the extreme this lady has been (i.e. if she is sane and accountable for her wretched behavior) – mercilessly cutting down a guiltless beaten down to the ground harmless sweet loving gentle as a lamb kinda guy. You best believe it.

  • Trixxie

    I totally agree with the commenter above, I do not know what happened to Joyce, I think she got a taste of the spotlight and has lost her mind. I believe Kandi is completely at fault for the current state of their relationship. It seems to me that she never grew up in her mother’s eyes. There are times when you have to take the stand and make older folks in your family understand that you are your own person now and demand respect. That was something she should have done a long time ago. She has a child and is still being treated like a child by her mother, can’t work. She is also allowing her mother to treat her future husband like a child, saying anything she wants to him. WRONG!!! Kandi is the one to set everyone straight in HER life, as is every other woman. She needs to run her own house and life, declaring, you don’t have to love each other but you have to respect each other, starting with her mother.