Kandi Burruss, the newest member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” was lined up to be part of a current BET show “Tiny & Toya.”
That show features Burruss’ fellow ex-Xscape singing group member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. (They co-wrote TLC’s biggest hit “No Scrubs”)
But that deal did not work out earlier this year. A week later, the producers of “Housewives” called.
“Everything happens for a reason,” she mused in a phone interview last week to promote the second season debut of “Housewives” Thursday at 10 p.m. “Maybe this is what I was supposed to do.”
Burruss was a big fan of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” when it debuted to surprisingly robust ratings last fall.
“I used to TiVo it all the time,” she said. “But I never saw myself being on the show.”
First of all, 33-year-old Burruss said she’s not a “housewife.” “I’m a working woman,” she said. “Even after marriage, I’ll never be a housewife.” But she learned quickly, “it’s just a show.”
Coming in, she noted, she didn’t feel she had any drama. She said she’s financially secure and raises her daughter Riley on her own. But when she was named to be on the show, people on the blog started slagging on her fiance A.J. and his six kids. “Plus, my mother doesn’t like him. She isn’t happy about me getting married to him. So it became an issue.”
Burruss said she didn’t know NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield or Kim Zolciak before the taping. She was an acquaintance with Lisa Wu Hartwell through Tiny.
Here’s her take on the four others:
Sheree: “She’s not as bad as I thought she’d be. I already knew her ex husband [Bob Whitfield.] I was really cool with him. Times I have seen her before, I thought she had attitude issues. Once I was around her, I thought she was pretty cool.”
Kim: “I like Kim. We’re both Tauruses. We always make jokes about it. To me, she’s a real person. She’s over the top with some of the things she says and does. But she’s funny. She’s very fun to be around. She’s good to people. One thing I noticed is she picks up on little stuff. She remembers everybody’s name in the crew. That means she takes time to get to know people. She also checks in with me to see how I’m doing. It has nothing to do with the show.”
Lisa: “She’s a supernova of energy. I’ve never seen anyone like her. We have a good time when we’re together. I respect the fact she’s definitely about her businesses.”
NeNe: “The crazy thing is I was a fan last year. I really liked her a lot. Now I’m cordial with her because we have to do press together… I would say we would not hang out together if we weren’t on this show.” [She wouldn't say what the falling out was. We'll have to wait until the show airs.]
Burruss said she’s nervous how she’s going to be edited. “Everyone knows NeNe and I bump heads. I saw the previews and was like, ‘Oh my goodness! How is that going to come off on TV?’ Plus, she has fans. Are they going to be mad at me? You never know how people are going to judge you. Before this, people knew me for my music and songs I wrote for other people. They never saw my personal life.”
She said she didn’t do the show for money. “I’m doing it for the experience and the fun of it. And it does put light on the projects you’re working on.”
Burruss is working on a solo album and she’s still writing for other artists. (Her past clients have included Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey.) Plus, she’d like to get into TV and movies.