Phaedra Parks Addresses Claims She Started Kandi Lesbian Rumors

Viewers are still shocked after part three of this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion when Porsha Williams revealed that Phaedra Parks was the person who originally told her that Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker had once wanted to drug her to take advantage of her. The episode ended on a cliffhanger with Phaedra having to address the accusation.

But Parks has already spoken out about the incident in an interview. “It’s funny to think that I have any additional time to be caught up in gossip,” she told PEOPLE. “I have several jobs, as we know, and I have two small children. But I think everyone always has to blame someone.”

Phaedra went on to say that she’s “sure the footage speaks for itself.” She also said that she doesn’t go out of her way to talk about people on the show but, rather, just discusses what’s going on in her personal life. “Others can’t stop mentioning me,” Phaedra said. “Their whole family mentions me. They’re [sic] whole staff mentions me. It’s just endless mentioning of me!”

“People are constantly talking about, ‘Oh you’re not this.’ And I’m like, ‘Wow — it’s so many people with this Christian handbook that I have not received,’” Parks said. “So I’ve been praying that whoever owns the Christian dress code and has the handbook, they just send me a copy. Because I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it lays out these strict guidelines about laughing and having fun and wearing bathing suits. Where did they get this dress code for being Christian? I thought it was about your hearts.”

But Phaedra said that those who really know her know the kind of person she truly is. “Sometimes, if people don’t have anything concrete, they just attack your character,” she explained. “But my character speaks for itself. Anyone who knows me knows I’m very gracious, I’m very helpful. And a lot of the things I do for people, you never see it on camera. Because that is not my intention to get praise for it. My intention is to be a vessel and be used for the purpose of empowering people.”

As for the person who those rumors were about, Kandi, she had quite the reaction to the truth coming out, which we’ll see more of in Part 4 of the RHOA reunion. “I was shocked, angry, disgusted… I could go on. Even with everything that had happened between me and Phaedra, I still didn’t think Phaedra would go so low as to tell someone that I wanted to drug them. Being an attorney, you would think she wouldn’t intentionally spread defamatory false statements about someone,” Kandi wrote in her latest blog on “The sad thing was that she didn’t even seem sorry for what she had done. I was thinking, ‘Damn, was there a reason to hate me this much?’ She already assisted Johnnie [Winston] in helping him to meet an attorney to sue me, and now I find out she was spreading accusations that I want to drug people and take them home! This is too much. I’m so glad the truth finally came out and I’m glad to be able to move on from this. Thank you to everyone who remained #TeamKandi, especially when others were believing the lies!”

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So if Phaedra did not start those rumors, is she saying her BFF is a liar? Because one of them is (actually, both of them are, but one of them is the general and the other is just a follower). I was a Phaedra fan before this season because she always cracked me up with her shade. Her behavior this season was so beyond the pale dishonest and malicious that I sincerely hope she doesn’t return.

And she can take the brainless twit with her.

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Phaedra has no storyline, her divorce is done, the donkey booty video did not pan out, the job as undertaker, who knows, so she must stay relevant and the only way she found was to spread rumours about the other broad being a lezzie…as if being a lezzie was a bad thing.

I have always liked Phaedra & will give her the benefit of the doubt as I truly do not trust Kandi, Todd or her mom as I feel they are too shady & not up-front.

Ahhhh I have so many mixed feelings. I’ve loved Phaedra for so long but this is so icky. My mixed feelings come from the fact that I too cannot trust Kandi or Todd. It’s like Phaedra said, they talk all the time about what they heard on the street like it’s facts but as soon as someone else brings up what they heard it’s fake news. Kandi seems so angry to me for so many years now and it seems like she never has fun on these shows anymore. She’s just as shady as Phaedra imo (not saying that she… Read more »

You voiced it perfectly, Jack. I never mentioned Kandi’s bitter anger before now, but you are so right, and you’re also so right again by stating both should just move on. It’s time.

But Starr, when has Kandi ever shown bitter ager against someone unless it was in defensive mode when she was being attacked?

Days, I just do not like Kandi, Todd, or Kandi’s mom. PERIOD. I think they are underhanded, low, nasty & deceitful & they tend to bring out the very worst in those they are around. Kandi is no saint. She sits back, laughs at others wrong slander toward Phaedra, but enjoys it as much as they do. She was more in allegiance to Apollo than to Phaedra & showed it & Phaedra was supposedly her bff for forever & a day. Forgive me that I cant stand her. She should learn to talk without her teeth closed as I can… Read more »
Jacccck! Noooooo! Why can you not trust Kandi or Todd? Wait, try to look at it like this for a second: it’s Kandi’s messy old Bitter Betty porch gossip mother JOYCE that talks about what she hears on the street. Kandi and Phaedra have been close for years (long before she came on this show), close enough where I don’t think Kandi assumes anything about Phaedra, she actually KNOWS where the bodies are buried. I’ve kept my Eagle Eye on this storyline since it began, and the way i see it is like this: Phaedra and Apollo’s marriage began to… Read more »
Let me try and go back and explain all my Kandi feelings (tbh you’re literally the only person I know that even watches this show other than my mom so I LOVE that we can go all in depth like this). I definitely support Kandi in this argument, but I think she’s still a little shady. I agree with most of what you said. There is a lot of true, genuine hurt going on with these women and it’s really sad to watch. Phaedra has been extremely selfish on her side of the friendship. That being said, I think where… Read more »
Now honestly, while I fall on Kandi’s side in the feud, I do agree with a niiiice chunk of this! But I stand by the two out of three times we’ve seen her rage out on the show. The only time I think it was unjustified was the Pajama Game Party, and that appeared to come out of miscommunication. However I will say that I don’t believe Kandi has issue celebrating other women at all. I have seen women take digs at her not knowing the full depths of her accomplishments rather than the other way around. A lot of… Read more »

I got so wrapped up I forgot to watch the trailer yesterday! But I just wanted it and yes, I’ll put that series on my list! It looks really good.

I promise you, Jack, it’s EVERYTHING. Between the colors, the music, the archival footage of 70s New York (they rely on a lot of that to put you inside the characters’ heads). Nearly every episode will force three reactions out of you: heart palpitations, something like being on the verge of tears, or an uncontrollable urge to dance your A** off! I’m just starting “Part 2” of the season and not to give anything away but, I think somewhere down the line they’re going to touch on the origins/roots of homophobia in hip hop. The way character arcs are going,… Read more »

Fakedra is such a liar!! She has zero character and her reputation precedes her.. not someone I would EVER call friend! She has no female friends and it’s apparent why! I think she was the fraud mastermind w Apollo and he kept her from going to jail for the sake of his children! She’s as slithery as a snake and just pretends to be something she is not.. respectable and a Christian! Disgusting little troll!