If you’ve been keeping up with Real Housewives Of Atlanta season 12, you’ll notice the casts’ romantic relationships are being tested more than ever. Between Porsha Williams struggling to forgive her fiance Dennis for infidelity and Kenya Moore’s pending divorce from her husband of only two years, our cups runneth over.
Though it’s not easy being vulnerable in front of millions of viewers, these women have always had their good sis Kandi Burruss to lean on for relationship advice…on and off camera.
When it comes to Porsha, Kandi says she treads lightly with her advice. If you recall, the two of them got into a screaming match after Porsha confronted Dennis’s ex, who happens to be Kandi’s friend, at Todd’s 45th birthday party (she was then escorted out by security.) Later that season, Porsha became upset with Kandi for sharing that Dennis had tattooed the names of several ex-girlfriends on his body in the past. Though they’ve moved past it, Kandi now chooses to keep her opinions to a minimum.
“With the Porsha situation, I try to avoid that,” says Burruss. “I don’t really want to have too many opinions on her relationship. Clearly, that got us into a whole lot of mess last year.”
While Kandi mostly stays away from all things Dennis, she does want to see Porsha boss up. “The only thing I try to say to Porsha is ‘remember the bad bitch that you are,'” she says. “In the very beginning [after the breakup with Dennis] she did seem like she was going through it. I don’t think it was just her relationship, but also her figuring out motherhood. But I just had to be like ‘girl, get it together.'”
When it comes to Kenya, Kandi’s advice runs a bit deeper and comes from a place of genuine friendship. “I’ve spent more time with her and Marc off-camera, so I’ve seen them have better days. She’s going to be joyful regardless because she has [her daughter] Brooklyn now. But everyone knows it was her dream to have a family – the mother, father and baby all in the house together.”
Ultimately, Kandi’s place not only comes from love but experience. “I was a single mom for a long time and I was alright. So I don’t really be wanting to hear too many sobs stories. I’m like, ‘girl, if you don’t pull it together. You’re too bad for that. Get it together!'”