Following the record-breaking season 7 premiere of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss dished to Bravo how she handled the messy situation between Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida. When asked how she is dealing with Apollo’s legal situation, not to mention the demise of Apollo and Phaedra’s marriage, while being a friend to both of them, Kandi admitted, “It’s very hard.”
“Phaedra is always assuming I’m siding with Apollo, which isn’t true,” insisted Kandi. “Todd and Apollo became pretty good friends, so I would say he takes Apollo’s side a lot. Todd and I have serious debates over their issues. I get to the point where I am like, ‘Listen Todd, we should not be arguing about their problems.’ It’s crazy really.” Phaedra said NeNe has been the most supportive.
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“At the end of the day, Phaedra is my girl,” continued Kandi. “I’m always going to be honest with her about what I think. Sometimes we have a difference of opinion, but it’s not because I’m taking anyone’s side against her. Never that! It always sucks when two people that you really like are going through something as crazy as this. I’ve always heard that when a married couple goes through a divorce the people close to them end up going through the divorce with them. I never understood what that meant before, but I do now.”
Kandi said she feels “the justice system is a little bit too harsh when they’re sentencing black men” on RHOA in response to Apollo‘s eight-year sentence.
“I wanted to clear up something else. Some people felt that I was pulling the race card when I said I feel the justice system is harder on black men. I don’t want you to think that I feel like Apollo only went to jail because he was black. That was not was I was saying,” Kandi explained to Bravo. “I definitely feel that if you break the law, you should have to go to jail and do your time for the crime, no matter what color you are. But I feel like a lot of black men who have committed non-violent crimes get longer sentences than needed.”
Kandi added, “For example, I have a family member who committed a non-violent crime and got 13 years in prison. He did his time, came home, and after a few years he committed another non-violent crime and now he’s serving over 20 years in prison. There are murderers and rapists who have gotten less time. When a man comes home with felonies on his record, a lot of times he can’t get a good job. So I feel like it creates a cycle of repeat offenders. There has to be a better way. This is just my opinion.”
At the end of the
day interview, Kandi snarked, “I am sure you all are going to go crazy on me for saying all that, but hey, ‘I said what I said.’ LOL!”
In other Real Housewives of Atlanta news, a whopping 3.826 million viewers watched the season seven premiere. Sunday night’s 8 PM show was the most-watched premiere in Bravo‘s history.
Kandi shared this photo, adding, “It’s way too many to tag but @phaedraparks @claudiajordan @cynthiabailey10 @peterthomasrhoa @todd167 & I wanted to come & celebrate the crew of #RHOA7 & let them know that we appreciate all their hard work to make a record breaking premier! Thanks guys! Love yall!”
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