Kandi Burruss opens up about defending her daughter amid fame
In the latest episode of Stepping Into The Shade Room, Kandi Burruss speaks candidly about the drama surrounding Xscape and her groupmates. As well as her thoughts on the Real Housewives reality TV franchise, motherhood and more with host Thembi.
The 46-year-old rose to fame as a member of the R&B group that formed in 1990 alongside Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, LaTocha Scott, Tamera Coggins-Wynn and Tamika Scott. Despite numerous platinum albums and singles, the members eventually went their separate ways, and Burruss went on to pursue a successful career in songwriting, television production, acting, reality TV and more. Since then, Xscape has reunited (minus Tamera Coggins-Wynn), and Burruss took the time to share how she’s handling it all.
Kandi Burruss has been reflecting on her biggest job, motherhood
Burruss opened up the conversation about motherhood by reflecting on how she protects her eldest daughter, Riley, who is now 20. Fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta have followed Riley from childhood through adulthood and witnessed her weight loss journey.
“It’s always been a constant conversation with Riley, just to talk about how you just don’t care what other people think of you. You have to build that tough skin, and it’s really tough… Riley grew up on TV, so she started when she was six. She is 20 now [and] Yes, a lot of things are frustrating for her when people just want to comment on her body…”
According to the Daily Mail, when Riley was 16, she stunned reality TV viewers when she went from 220 pounds to 168 pounds after “exercising five days a week and carefully monitoring her diet.” In October 2022, the 20-year-old surprised fans with another transformation at BravoCon in New York.
Kandi Burruss also thought about parenthood as a married woman
Although Burruss raised Riley as a single mom, she married Todd Tucker in 2014, and the couple now share two children, named Ace and Blaze. Tucker is also a father to his eldest daughter, Kaela Tucker, from a previous relationship.
Burruss explained how it feels to be raising kids with a “present father figure” now.
“Obviously it’s completely different when you can involve your husband in raising your children – but I feel I’ve done a great job with Riley. She and her father recently started communicating again, so I’m happy. And I feel like we’re still trying to really teach our younger ones the same thing. It’s just that there are only two parents.”
The 46-year-old shared what she wants to pass on to her children as they grow up.
“I want them all to have that work ethic, that drive, that belief in themselves and know they can do anything. And just know that we always stand behind them.”
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