The pair, together since 2011 after meeting on the set of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” got married in April 2014, and would later welcome two children together in their blended family of four. Since then, the couple went on to own several businesses, including restaurants Blaze Steak and Seafood and the Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine.
In Oct. 29 interview with PEOPLE magazine, Burruss opened up about how she has maintained her decade-long relationship with Tucker. As the couple attended Ebony’s Power 100 Gala in Los Angeles, California, Burruss revealed that the secret to having a successful relationship was incorporating “great communication” in all aspects of her marriage.
She told the publication, “Just great communication and having fun together. We have a real understanding of each other.”
Further in the conversation, Burruss shared that another perk to being with Tucker included how he pushes the Xscape singer to follow her dreams even if it seems to be “out of the box.”
She said, “He pushes me in a way that I can’t say I had never experienced before being with him. I really feel like he’s my teammate in life. We have intertwined our wants and desires. We have all these dreams, and sometimes, I’ll be all out of the box, but he’ll still be like, ‘Okay babe, let’s do it.’ “
The 46-year-old wrapped up the conversation by tying in how Tucker’s characteristics and great communication make their relationship better.
Burruss said, “I think that’s what makes it work because sometimes I feel like, especially when you are a woman who has dreams and goals, you don’t always meet a man who is going to support your dreams and goals and keep pushing you.”
Burruss’ comments come weeks after she faced massive backlash from fans for not defending Tucker following her mother Joyce Jones’ shady remarks toward the father of three at BravoCon.
One particular instance occurred at a discussion panel on Oct. 16 when Jones was asked if she could replace Tucker with any man who would it be. The 72-year-old claimed that she would get a man who had a decent job and would match Burruss’ financial “realm.”
Jones said, “If I could have replaced Todd, I probably would pick anyone that had a decent job … That was in the financial realm that she was in. I just think that she should have married someone that was on the same financial scale.”
Burruss would ultimately reveal in an interview that the reasons she doesn’t step in is because she doesn’t know how to address the situation properly and fears that other family members would step in to correct her on standing up to her mom.