‘RHOA’ Reunion: Kandi Burruss Tells Haters Why It Was Important to Get Child Support for Her Adult Daughter Riley

If you missed the latest season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, then hurry up and watch it, so you can jump in their season 13 reunion (split into three parts) and catch up with all the latest. It’s primarily about Kenya Moore and her many battles over the season, but it also takes a tiny dive into Kandi Burruss’s recent backlash.

According to the reunion clip, Burruss has been receiving a lot of hate for collecting child support for her adult daughter. The sassy queen isn’t having it, though, and tells those haters why it’s important to collect it even after her child has grown up.

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Recap of season 13 reunion, part one of ‘RHOA’

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The main focus of RHOA’s season 13 reunion was mainly Kenya Moore and her drama with Porsha Williams and newcomer Drew Sidora. Burruss and Cynthia Bailey only contributed a small part to this first of three installments. Switching through a number of topics covered in the season, Andy Cohen brings up Porsha and Kenya’s feud about Kenya being so public and spoken about what she’s done for the Black community while never mentioning Porsha — saying excluding her from the PSA says otherwise.

Likewise, Kenya is also feuding with Drew over quips about Kenya calling Drew a ‘stray,’ Drew was shading Kenya about her family, and Drew’s accusation that Kenya is flirting with Ralph (Drew’s husband). Moving on, they dive into Kenya’s future with Marc Daly and their co-parenting, the story behind her wearing the Native American headdress for Halloween, Kenya’s retweet about Drew’s son, and some weight loss issues that have come up since. 

Burruss’ responds to haters about receiving child support

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Burruss hooked up with bad boy Russell ‘Block’ Spencer almost three decades ago before finding out she was ‘the side chick’ to a married man with four kids. When this news came out, they split up. However, Burruss was pregnant during the split and would go on to take care of their daughter, Riley, without Spencer. Years later, their daughter is now legally an adult, and fans just found out that Burruss is collecting on her child support — and fans are annoyed. 

Cohen brings up how Kandi’s been receiving a lot of hate online for asking for child support years after Riley was young — in fact, she’s well into her college years. The child support is as much as $92,000, but fans argue it’s barely anything compared to the star’s own net worth, so it’s not right she’s taking it way after the fact.

“They basically say he gotta pay his back child support. So they’re giving him some time to give a lump sum now, and he has to start paying the monthly back,” Burruss explains. Then later, she responds, “Riley wanted it. She said that that’s her money, and it was owed to her. It wasn’t like it was new money or something.”

Burruss was barely in part one, so we’ll likely see a lot more of her in two and three

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If there’s anything we know about Burruss, it’s that she is anything but ‘minimal,’ so the fact that she only had a small spotlight put on her in The Real Housewives of Atlanta part one reunion tells us we will be seeing a lot more of her in parts two and three. 

With that being said, there’s never a dull moment with these fabulously rich ladies, and child support won’t be the last you hear of Kandi Burruss. After all, a woman who is strong enough to endure two tragic shootings in one lifetime is unlikely to sit back and let the other ladies enjoy the limelight during The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s season 13 reunion.