Who is Kandi Burruss?
Kandi Burruss is an American reality TV star, singer, and actress. She is also a Grammy-winning songwriter, having written hit songs for music icons like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Most notably, Burruss wrote the 1999 hit song “No Scrubs” for the TLC group.
Kandi Burruss is best known for her role in the highly-rated reality TV show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA). However, she hit the spotlight even before featuring in the reality show in 2009. Burruss became famous in the early 90s as one of the lead singers of “Xscape”, a female R&B group. The talented songwriter left the music group in 2017 to become a solo artist. Some of her popular songs include “Feel So Good”, “Can’t Hang”, “My Little Secret” and many others. Aside from being an entertainer, Kandi Burruss is also a successful businesswoman. For instance, she owns a thriving sex toy line called “Bedroom Kandi”.
Kandi Burruss’s full name is Kandi Lenice Burruss-Tucker. Born on May 17, 1976, Burruss is 46 years old as of July 2022. With a net worth of $30 million, Kandi Burruss ranks as the richest “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star. Although the reality star became rich through her involvement in the entertainment industry, Burruss originally came from a middle-class home. Her father, Titus Burruss Jr, is a reverend, while her biological mother, Joyce Jones, aka Mama Joyce, is a former telecommunications professor. Kandi’s parents separated while she was a kid. So her father remarried a woman known as Brenda Burruss.
Kandi Burruss’s siblings
Kandi Burruss has two siblings, older brother named Patrick Riley and a half-sister named Rebekah Burruss.
1. Patrick Riley is Kandi Burruss’s only brother. Patrick Riley and Kandi Burruss share the same mother, Joyce Jones. However, it is unclear if Riley and Kandi share the same father, Titus. In 1991, Patrick Riley sadly died in a ghastly car accident. He was only 22 when he passed on while his little sister Kandi was just 15. The reality star described her elder brother’s death as “devastating”. On Kandi’s wedding day, she honored Patrick by visiting his grave alongside their mother.
2. Rebekah Burruss is Kandi Burruss’s half-sister. They share the same father, Titus Burruss Jr, but different mothers. Rebekah’s biological mom is Brenda Burruss. Just like Kandi, Rebekah is a talented singer. Although the two sisters did not grow up together, they seem to share a close relationship. A deeper finding by DNB Stories Africa shows that Rebekah Burruss was raised in Chicago by her mother, Brenda, and a stepfather, whose identity is still unknown.
Kandi Burruss’s marriage and wedding
As of July 2022, Kandi Burruss is happily married to her husband, Todd Tucker. The couple married on April 4, 2014, and currently have two children together. However, both of them have a child each from their previous relationships. The power couple has been together for about 11 years, after meeting for the first time in 2011. They met during the production of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” TV series. And two years later (in 2013), Todd Tucker proposed to Burruss.
The following year, Kandi Burruss and her beau had a Coming to America-themed wedding ceremony at the Le Fais Do-Do in Atlanta, Georgia. The entire wedding process–from the planning to the wedding day–was documented in five episodes of season six of RHOA. Indeed, the wedding ceremony was an exotic one. Their wedding ring reportedly cost about $40,000 or more.
Kandi Burruss’s mom, Mama Joyce never gave her consent to the marriage. In fact, it seemed she never liked Todd. To her, he is an “opportunist”. However, because her daughter’s happiness is her priority, Mama Joyce somehow managed to grace the occasion.
Kandi Burruss and her husband, Tucker have been married for eight years, and their relationship has been flourishing and cherished by all, especially their fans across the globe. The two lovers publicly display all the positive (and negative) aspects of their marriage to the entire world. Meanwhile, before Tucker, Burruss was engaged to a man named Ashley ‘AJ’ Jewell (now late).
List of Kandi Burruss’s boyfriends
Kandi Burruss has reportedly dated or hooked up with over five men. Here’s a list of all the men Kandi Burruss has reportedly dated or had a fling with. This list includes her husband, Todd Tucker.
- Jermaine Dupri and Kandi Burruss had a fling in 1998.
- Russell Spencer is Kandi’s first baby daddy. In the 90s, they dated secretly because Russell was already married then. And in 2002, they had an affair resulting in the birth of their daughter Riley.
- AJ Jewell and Kandi Burruss got engaged in 2009. However, AJ Jewell died later the same year.
- Willis McGahee and Kandi Burruss dated briefly in 2010.
- Chuck Smith and Kandi Burruss had a fling.
- Brandon Casey and Kandi Burruss also had a fling.
- Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss are currently married.
About Kandi Burruss’s ex-fiancé – Ashley ‘AJ’ Jewell
Kandi Burruss’s ex-fiancé Ashley Jewell (now late) was an American businessman. AJ is popularly known in the media for being Kandi Burruss’s ex-fiancé. While he was in a relationship with Kandi Burruss, he appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta occasionally. Burruss and Ashley’s relationship kicked off around 2018. And in January 2019, he proposed to the reality star. The ex-lovers expressed their love for each other on the RHOA show even though Kandi Burruss’s mom was against their affair. Sadly, they broke up the same year, after dating for a few months. Mama Joyce’s disapproval of their relationship reportedly contributed to their split.
Sadly, no one knew AJ would die a couple of months later. He clashed with a man identified as Fredrick Richardson outside an Atlanta strip club. The disagreement soon reached the point where the two men exchanged punches resulting in Ashley Jewell sustaining head injuries. Sadly, Ashley died afterward. Richardson, on the other hand, was later caught and charged with involuntary manslaughter.
However, an autopsy later revealed that Kandi’s ex-fiancé died of sickle cell anemia complications. But, according to the medical report, “the complications would not have occurred if he had not experienced the extreme exertion that was part of the physical altercation.” In a nutshell, the head injuries AJ sustained during the fight triggered the anemia attack. A day after his death, Kandi Burruss made an official statement.
She said in a sober tone:
“I am devastated by the loss of AJ”
About Kandi Burruss’s husband – Todd Tucker
Kandi Burruss’s husband, Todd Tucker, is an American producer, reality TV star, and businessman. He was born on August 4, 1973 and he is 49 years old as of July 2022. Tucker became famous after starring in the popular reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, alongside his lover – Kandi Burruss. Todd Tucker has also worked as a producer on many TV shows, including “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “Heart of the City”, “Run’s House”, and many others.
Tucker and Burruss met around 2011. The lovers dated for about 2 years before Todd proposed to Burruss in 2013. And in 2014, they married. Todd and Burruss have been together for nearly 11 years, but they have been married for eight years as of July 2022. Meanwhile, before Kandi, Todd Tucker was in a relationship with an unknown woman. Their romance resulted in the birth of his first child – a daughter named Kaela.
Kandi Burruss and her beau Tucker are presently living in a mansion located in Georgia, the United States, where they are jointly raising their beautiful children.
Kandi Burruss children
As of July 2022, Kandi Burruss has a total of four children (three girls and one boy). Kandi’s children include her three biological children and one stepdaughter, Kaela. The singer had her first child, a daughter named Riley with her ex-boyfriend Russell Spencer. Kandi Burruss welcomed her other two children with her husband, Todd.
About Kandi Burruss’s children
List of Kandi Burruss’s children:
- Kaela Tucker (girl)
- Riley Burruss (girl)
- Ace Wells Tucker (boy)
- Blaze Tucker (girl)
Here’s everything to know about Kandi Burruss’s children:
1. Kaela Tucker
Kaela Tucker is Kandi Burruss’s stepdaughter from Todd Tucker’s past relationship. She was born on June 17, 1996 and she is 26 years old as of July 2022. While Kaela’s biological father is Todd, her mother’s identity is still unknown. According to reports, her mother is Tucker’s ex-girlfriend whose identity is not known. Kaela is a fashion designer and entrepreneur. She announced she would launch her online hoodie and T-shirt store, “Kpt” in 2021. Weeks before she made the announcement, her excited dad spilled the goodness already. Todd shared a picture of himself and his daughter with a lovely caption:
“Me and my baby @kpt__ , she’s about to do some big things this year. It’s your time, Kay! Stay focused!!.”
2. Riley Burruss
Riley Burruss is Kandi Burruss’s first biological child and daughter. Riley’s father is Kandi’s ex-lover Russell Spencer. The reality star’s first child was born on August 22, 2002. She is 19 years old as of July 2022. Riley is currently a student at New York University. She is also a fitness enthusiast. Kandi Burruss’s first daughter has been vocal about her struggles with her weight. So she decided to embark on a weight loss journey. In 2018, Kandi shared on Instagram how much weight her daughter had lost. In the Instagram post, Burruss praised Riley for losing about 52 pounds through regular exercise and healthy eating.
3. Ace Wells Tucker
Ace Tucker is Kandi Burruss’s second child but her first child with Todd. Burruss and Todd felt the need to have a child together despite having had children from their past relationships. But unfortunately, Kandi was diagnosed with uterine fibroid making it uneasy for her to conceive naturally. However, after a successful myomectomy, the couple opted for IVF. Luckily, the IVF was successful leading to the birth of Ace on January 6, 2016. He is six years old as of July 2022.
4. Blaze Tucker
Blaze Tucker is Kandi Burruss’s youngest child with her husband, Todd Tucker. Following the difficulties the RHOA star experienced during Ace’s birth, she opted for surrogacy to deliver their youngest child. And thanks to surrogate mother Shadina Blunt, Blaze was born on November 22, 2019. She is two years old as of July 2022.