(NEW YORK) — On the next episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, viewers will see Kandi Burruss’ mom, Joyce Jones, telling the singer that she shouldn’t marry her fiance Todd Tucker. The former Xscape singer tells ABC News Radio her mother’s lack of support has halted all of the wedding planning.
“I haven’t decided yet if I want something that’s small and just us or if we wanted to do something bigger and invite people. What was stopping me from even planning is the fact that my mom is not being supportive,” the 37-year-old mother of one says. “It’s like, okay do I really want to have a wedding and my mom may not show up or if she does show up she’s going to be mean and negative? You know, you don’t want the bad energy either.”
Burruss, 37, became engaged to Tucker, 40, on New Year’s Day earlier this year and maintains that despite recent wedding rumors, she hasn’t walked down the aisle just yet. The two first met in 2011 while shooting RHOA, where Tucker was a behind-the-scenes producer. He now appears on the show.
Burruss admits her mom’s dislike of Tucker has made her just want to run down to the nearest courthouse to wed, but Tucker wants a big wedding so the two can include their children. The pair each have one daughter from previous relationships.
The reality star said Jones has no real reason to dislike Tucker, but it all started after her mom watched daytime TV.
“I can tell you when it started,” Burruss says of the rift. “Last year when Wendy Williams was commenting on our show every week and she was like, ‘[Tucker’s] an opportunist. I think he’s an opportunist.’ Next thing I know, my momma comes back and is like, ‘Wendy said that he was an opportunist.'”
Still, Burruss knows she’s found a great guy in Tucker even if they did have to initially keep their romance a secret because Tucker was a producer on the reality series.
“I just love everything about him,” she gushes. “…He’s very smart. He’s very intelligent. He’s a leader. He’s not the type that’s going to try and tell me what to do, but he’s great at helping guide me in a way. And I think that I need a man that’s just as strong so he can deal with me because…I can be a little strong.”
Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications
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