Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star Kandi Burruss broke down during the latest episode of Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live.” Burruss was defending her mother after an episode where Mama Joyce threatened to beat down Kandi’s friend and assistant Carmen during her wedding dress fitting.
RHOA Fans, Bravo host Andy Cohen, and even Kandi’s fiance Todd say don’t understand why she is allowing her mother to run her life. But Kandi says she’s perfectly OK with their relationship.
When the subject of Mama Joyce came up for discussion on Andy’s show, Kandi found it difficult to keep her composure. After answering just a few questions, tears flowed down her cheeks as she did her best to defend her mother.
“I don’t care what y’all have to say,” she said. “That’s my mama! I’m going to make sure my mama’s good.”
Then she called out fans on Twitter who had been dissing her mom throughout the episode, which featured Mama Joyce threatening to throw a shoe at Carmen after accusing her of sleeping with Todd.
“She don’t have to talk to me,” Kandi continued. “She don’t have to say nothing to me. That’s my mama and y’all can Tweet ’til you get blue in the face, I don’t care! She can have whatever she wants ‘cause that’s my mama!”
Apparently Kandi is even in big trouble for the things that Andy said about Mama Joyce on previous shows.
“She’s not speaking to me right now because you and Sandra [Bernhardt] and Cynthia [Bailey] – she didn’t like the fact that you guys were saying that she needed me [financially], whatever,” Kandi said prior to breaking down during the interview. “She can be fine without my help, let me just say that. But I feel like as her daughter, it’s my job that she’s good. She made sure I was good growing up; I’m going to make sure she’s good. I don’t care if she doesn’t like my relationship, that’s my mom.”
Singer Fantasia Barrino, who joined Kandi on the show, managed to calm her friend down so she could continue the interview. Kandi admitted that she doesn’t always agree with her mom’s antics.
“Obviously we disagree on a lot of things, but it’s just the fact that I’m going to be respectful in the way that I tell her,” she said. “No, she’s not respectful in the way she tells me how she feels, but people are like, ‘you’re making money,’ this and that. So what? When I became the person who made more money, it didn’t make me her mama. She’s still my mama.”
Kandi went on to say that she would rather just let her mom cool off before dealing with their issues, but she never really addressed the way her mother is trashing her marriage.
During the same RHOA episode Mama Joyce told her friend and Carmen that it didn’t matter which dress Kandi selected because she wasn’t going to wear it anyway, suggesting that the wedding to Todd would never happen.
When Carmen defended Kandi’s wedding, things started to boil over and Mama Joyce had just about enough of someone showing Kandi respect and encouraging a little positivity.
Toward the end of the episode, Kandi was presented with an ultimatum by Carmen who suggested that she is going to have to choose between her friends and fiance, and having the backbone to stand up to her mother.