Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss appears classy and elegant on the cover of this month’s ESSENCE magazine. She looks conservative in a black and white print dress and an oversized white double breasted coat, with no skin or cleavage on display.

Inside the issue, the 42-year-old reality TV star and entrepreneur discusses motherhood (she’s a mother of 2) and how public betrayal made her rethink her role on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

On the frailty of fame:

“It’s a very humbling moment when your songs aren’t on the radio anymore. I didn’t appreciate what that success was when we had it. I remember feeling like, when I get things back the way I want them to be, I will never take anything for granted again.”

Kandi Burruss

On how public betrayal made her rethink doing RHOA:

“…I honestly had a lot of times when I just cried. There were moments when I really wanted to say, ‘You know what? I’m done with this!’ I was vindicated in front of millions, which helped me to feel comfortable again.”

Comparing single motherhood to her current blended family:

“…as Riley got older, I saw that there were things she did miss, not having her dad really there. Now this is even better. We’re a whole family—we’ve got Riley, Kaela [Tucker’s 21-year-old daughter from a previous relationship] and Ace [the couple’s 21-month-old son.]”

On “grinding like she’s broke” and building an empire:

“Some of us are doers and some of us are just dreamers. I’m both. I’m trying to build so that I can set up my children to have great futures. All of these different companies that we have, I would love for them to be passed down from generation to generation. I want my kids to be leaders.”

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  • TeeTee

    A successful business woman, good for her! 🙂

  • You Could Never

    “She looks conservative in a black and white print dress and an oversized white double breasted coat, with no skin or cleavage on display. Inside the issue, where she does go on to show her tidday meat…”

    There I finished it for you.

  • Renee26

    Come on through Kandi!!

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • tintin

    HAHAHHAHAHHH

  • IAmLegend

    She looks great in these pictures

  • You Could Never

    “…as Riley got older, I saw that there were things she did miss, not having her dad really there. And he couldnt be there. Because he is married.”

    Goes to see what other statements I need to finish.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Can’t knock your hustle Kandi. Keep grinding

  • You Could Never

    “…I honestly had a lot of times when I just cried. There were moments when I really wanted to say, ‘You know what? I’m done with this! The same way I did when Xscape kept asking me to do the reunion. And I kept saying no. For 18 years. They lied on me you know.”

  • Rayne

    Gotta respect kandi’s hustle tho. She knows how to turn a penny into a dollar ?.

  • You Could Never

    Im not here for this “I am always the victim” ass ghul. BBL.

  • wiseone

    Talk that talk and keep telling the truth!

  • Vonn

    LMAO.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    OFF TOPIC
    What the whole entire hell is wrong with people? WHY in the hell is there a FREEZER CHALLENGE now? I ABSOLUTELY SWEAR SOME PEOPLE ARE DEAD INSIDE…this shyt for likes…reaaallly https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21859bcb8b82117d882258e158e6e097ddf7bac4e7c052d05e6d68e30dd919b7.jpg

  • Vonn

    I’ve always thought that Kandi was beautiful, even with that wide mouth.

  • Renee26

    Crazy and immature

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!! You got me CRYIN at work!!!!!

  • Renee26

    He could still be there for the child…he had time to dip his dack in some side puzzay so he could have made time to spend with that child….Married isn’t a valid excuse for abandonment

  • Tay Gee

    Gone head Mrs. Tucker-Burruss!!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    I wish people could get a sensitivity chip installed to help these kind of people out..

  • Renee26

    The world would be a much better place

  • hottlanta

    She has always been the one with the REAL money while everyone else plays financial catch-up. I remember when she first came on the show and she was on V-103 I was like whoa. Her home is the business. When I saw she had a red crocodile leather piano and she showed the white leather crocodile ceiling I was like you go gryl!!!

  • xenaD

    Kandi! I like what she had to say… I always agree with these women then go on to read y’all comments to see how trifling some of them REALLY are lol…

  • hottlanta

    You lying right. You cant be serious

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I look at Kandi completely different Now ..??…. carry on chile…. ?

  • bemetoo

    Kandi is the only one who has something going for her on rhoa and xscape…i do feel sometimes she can be a little passive jealous or entitled

  • hottlanta

    It ain’t that much. The shot with the fur is sexy. Just enough to tease.

  • You Could Never

    no. its not. I agree. but the way that reads is they COULD have been a family. “…as Riley got older, I saw that there were things she did miss, not having her dad really there”

    Now they a whole fam according to her I guess bc Todd is there. Physically there. As in a man in the house.

    How he gonna be in the house when his house is with a wife? But yeah he could have did more. But that is not how it read to me.

  • You Could Never

    Shouldnt have made it seem like she a nun covered head to toe first cover pic and then in your own words teasing the second. Starts to hum…”One of these things is not like the other….”

  • speakinmymind

    Olive juice!????

  • SolEK Ennis-Klyczek

    F to the that on Kandi B (no disrespect, boo), but what the hell is the childbirth crisis? I’ll catch up w Kandi’s rich chimichangas later.

  • Coy little wink

    On being “pre-midget”:

    It is what it is. I take the good with the bad….

  • imright

    Kandi’s voice is terrible. singing & speaking ???

  • Liah

    Shady non singing A**!!!

  • Coy little wink

    Can we get a post on the Kevin hart mistress’ press conference….

  • Ryan
  • Tee Bullock

    lol my husband says that every time he sees her.

  • Justlooknout

    Congrats to Kandi!

    IKTR CEO, Sanger, Writer, Producer, SEX Toys (Billion dollar business)

    It’s so unfortunate how Phadera did her. Zero of my coworkers have been to my home, since the last person WHO I thought was my friend said “Ya’ll can afford this?” I was so hurt, not sure why, people are who they are.

    https://youtu.be/Qw3Z8Oa7E3Y

  • klwbaby

    Its really hard to say what’s wrong with people like that. Maybe no one has taught them to be compassionate, respectful, or empathetic to people during tragic situations like this. Maybe when something bad happens to someone they love, they will realize how foolish and stupid they are acting.

  • Justlooknout

    But it be like that sis.

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  • Faithz

    Gotta Respect her Hustle, the Core looks nice, and
    her word are very grown up.

  • Justlooknout

    yeah, I agree with you on that, hee deed has been done. and he should have cared for his daughter.

    In my single time..If I went out with you once and I called you after 9pm twice and you didn’t call me back…YOU WERE MARRIED. PERIOD

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    It is a sad state where empathy nor sympathy exist sometimes. But your right only way some people learn is to experience the heartbreak for themselves.
    #Karma

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Totally serious.. I had to put on my timeline if ANYONE ELSE SEND ME A VIDEO OF THIS YOU WILL BE BLOCKED TOO! If I see it on any of my friends timeline its bye bye also.. I don’t want to be associated with people who give this stupidity view time…

  • You Could Never

    I refuse to believe that 4 whole people (I include JD pre midgie self too) took time to lie on Kandi. Esp. at the beginning. They were all equals.

  • MsPam

    What is it? People are locking themselves up in a freezer now?!

  • Justlooknout
  • IAmLegend

    It was really just Tamika that lied on her and LaTocha went along with it cuz that was her sister

  • hottlanta

    I know I had to personally call one of my girlfriends who sent me a clip of RKelly peeing in somebody and I said don’t you EVAR!!!!!!!! The last thing I wanna see is child pornography and anyone else who looks at that is just as guilty. I ain’t that nosey.

  • Justlooknout
  • cherrypie

    Ummmm can we get a new post?????

  • ~~eb

    Her eyebrows are ridiculously too high.

  • 1BlueStar

    Does anyone else think Kandi always sound like she got a biscuit stuck in her throat?

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Yep. She has his smile…lol

  • Carla B

    OMG being rich is sooooo hard

  • wiseone

    I do – I HATE THE WAYS SHE TALKS AND i HATE HER SINGING VOICE.

  • wiseone

    Up vote!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    I’m not a hater tho but she didn’t really hustle she just used/turned her talents and turned it into a profit. That’s just smart to me. It wasn’t like she was broke or homeless and worked 2-3 jobs to come up. We gotta be careful what we glamorize/glorify…I respect her business acumen tho.

  • You Could Never

    Yes

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    This cant be real…imma pretend I didnt even see this…

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    You know what tho…I want to see it just to confirm the its him…not to pass around or get off…I’m one of those people that need receipts..

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Please See my post above…she didn’t really turn a penny into a dollar. We regular folk, working 2-3 jobs taking care of business, going back to school, working class people living with these high ass taxes…we the real hustlers…she just did what a person should do when they get some real money ..INVEST…it was smart business…but that aint hustling to me…I think we glorify the wrong shat todays world…

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Of course…

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    His show is coming back! I can;t wait ..now this man is funny as hale to me…

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    me too!

  • ???TheRider???

    I honestly thought that was Riley!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Oooo you mean…but true…*giggles*

  • Justlooknout

    Larry David is a FEWL

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  • Justlooknout

    Hey Sister Friend – I see what you are saying. However; many folks have talents and then end up being crackheads. Women have given their bodies away for fish sandwich and not hot sauce. And the the sex toy idea was pure genius, as it’s market dominated by white men. I was not congratulating her on sleeping with a married man and how well she’s able to give fellatio.

    Using your Talents and Gifts is a Hustle (Big Grin)

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    I agree with you…I wasn’t even being funny by saying “talents.” I really do mean her song writing skills and her singing career…etc….she used her fame and her legit talents and invested it…no hustling involved..just rich people money moves…smart money moves…I do give her credit for being smart once she got rich…but that aint no hustling to me…I just think any damn thing someone does to get money we glamorize it, glorify it…the real hustlers are the other 99% of the population struggling to survive…FR FR making a dollar outta 15 cents…

  • Killa_Tye_Cam

    She really does, Taraji has the same type of Joker Brows

  • interestingconcept1

    “She looks conservative in a black and white print dress and an oversized white double breasted coat, with no skin or cleavage on display.”

    Thank God, because I saw the stomach and that was enough.

  • BOSS

    ATTENTION ALL HATERS: This is what a BOSS looks like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NicoleZee

    I know! Her smile is just creepy, no diss to her, something with her face. She seems nice though.

  • NicoleZee

    What??? I need to schedule my annual eye exam pronto. Lawd!! The smile, the face, I’m not seeing it. I’m sure she is a very nice lady, but physically beautiful, naw. I’m not hating, just being honest. There are barrel loads of gorgeous women, but not her. I guess we all just have different theories on what really beauty is.

  • NicoleZee

    The smile is just creepy, just being honest. I’m wondering if she has too many teeth. I remember Tyra Banks telling that to one of the models on her show years back and she told the model that she may need to have some of her teeth removed because her smile was too wide. I’m not sure that’s the issue with Kandi, but I can’t with the smile, I have to look away. It’s like serial killer creepy, I can’t. Sorry Kandi!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    “She looks conservative in a black and white print dress and an oversized white double breasted coat, with no skin or cleavage on display…”

    And nobody wanted to see those greasy, sweaty, old lady titties anyway. Kandi, you KNOW you ain’t cute or fine–so why do you keep carrying on like you are?

    Kandi NEVER looks pretty. I’m sorry, but she has an alligator mouth and her weaves always look messy and half-finished. Like an old Bankhead hooker.

    She used to look even worse when she was younger.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    All hail Kandi. I like her ‘go get it’ attitude and constant drive to build her empire.

  • NicoleZee

    I remember back in the day the Xscape girls got talked about because they weren’t that attractive, I felt so bad for them then. They made some dope music though, but they got bullied somewhat for not being pretty like the ladies of TLC and other groups. Kandi isn’t bad looking, it’s just that her smile is creepy, but she’s cute, just not pretty or considered gorgeous like some women. That’s all. I doubt Ms. Kandi cares what people think, which is the way to go, but everyone gets talked about for something no matter who you are or what you do. She looks nice in the pictures, but she looks better when she doesn’t show her teeth if that makes sense, the photographer should have told her that. They usually tell you how to pose and smile. I hate when makeup artists contour certain areas like the nose, it doesn’t look good.

  • Vonn

    Indeed, we do.

  • TheWildChild

    Kandi ends every sentence crying all Willy-Nilly ???

  • Karla E

    Kandi is definitely an inspiration. I love her nonstop go-getter attitude. For her to be the highest incomer of the ladies on RHOA, she sure doesn’t act like it.

  • Calikush

    I agree! I sooo respect her hustle! Go Kandi!

  • Look@m3

    Man where is Jill Scott!! jeesh

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I love the coat

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    I have no IDEA why people do things like this! @hottlanta I compare it to someone having spoiled rotten meat..smell it say eeww and then ask YOU to smell it.. I know its bad…I don’t want to see that shyt!!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Kids putting themselves in different freezers as a joke some calling it the Keneka challenge smh

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    The need to be liked is so strong in people they resort to some of the most ridiculous ways to get it..sickening

  • JJSPLAYHOUSE

    Did they photoshop her nose or did I miss a “surgery” post?

  • gntory

    I guess we’re gonna just keep discussing Ciara’s new nose & ignore the fact that Kandi is looking like Pinocchio!! Chiiiii bye!!