RHOA Beef? Kandi Burruss Reveals Her Issues With NeNe Leakes

By: Taren Vaughan

Is there some Kandi Burruss NeNe Leakes drama unfolding? Kandi Burruss has made her return to Season 5 of Real Housewives of Atlanta. As the singer-songwriter stayed on board with RHOA, Kandi’s relationships with the other cast members have changed since she first became a Housewife. Kandi and Kim Zolciak are clearly not on the best of terms and they have both shared their sides when it comes to the beef that they have with each other. While Kandi’s beef with Kim is nothing like the one the departing Housewife has going on with NeNe Leakes, she too seems to not be extremely fond of NeNe either. Way before the show even aired for its fifth season, Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes were rumored to have gotten into a fight. Kandi and NeNe both denied that a brawl ever took place between them. But since then, there has still been speculation about the friendship that they have with each other, or lack thereof, and how Kandi truly feels about NeNe. NeNe has claimed that she thinks Kandi is jealous of all of the success that she has had, NeNe’s comments causing her fans to angrily come straight for Kandi on her Twitter account. Attempting to set things straight, Kandi took to her blog to address the whole situation with NeNe. And she made it clear that she is in no way, shape or form jealous of NeNe and that she quite frankly thinks that NeNe makes friends with people merely for her own personal gains.

Kandi blogs:

OK so let’s talk about the drama stuff that I can’t seem to avoid. First, my comments about NeNe. All of NeNe’s fans were mad at me. They were saying I’m jealous, I’m two-faced, I’m hating, etc. LOL! Whatever! I am not jealous of NeNe at all. I’m very happy for her success. I’m definitely not two-faced, because I have been very honest about my feelings towards NeNe all along. Clearly NeNe knows how I feel, because you heard Cynthia say that, “NeNe doesn’t understand why you don’t like her.” I think it’s a bit much to say that I don’t like her, because I don’t have any dislike for her. I just think that I’m very guarded when it comes to her.

I hate to even blog about this, because I’m sure it will do nothing but cause more drama, but I’ll try to give you some insight on where I’m coming from. I think she plays the women of this show just like chess. I’m an observer. I just sit back and watch. When people think I’m not paying attention, I am. NeNe is a smart woman and she plays a game to benefit her at all times. There’s nothing wrong with that. I find it funny how over the years she’ll dog somebody out for doing the same exact thing she has already done or said, as if she has never done or said it. And then everyone starts siding with her as if they don’t remember the bullsh– she did or said.

It frustrates me when I get people tweeting me asking, “Why do you feel that way about NeNe?” I’m like, did you just start watching RHOA or something? She’s been making snide remarks about me since I first came on the show. I’m one of those people that if we start off on the wrong foot, then you’ve pretty much set the tone for how it’s going to be, and clearly she and I started on the wrong foot. I try to be cool, because we are in the same circle. I know that we’re going to be around each other a lot, so I’m always cordial. Overall I respect NeNe, I just don’t deal with her too much.

Anyway with all that said, when I made the comment about her having motives when she befriends people, well, that’s how I feel. I’ve come to that conclusion over the years. Example: when she first heard about Marlo coming around, she was highly upset. I saw it with my own eyes. She was pissed. It had been in the blogs about her possibly dating Charles Grant (Marlo’s ex-boyfriend), which was something NeNe always denied. I guess she felt someone was trying to be messy by bringing Marlo around, and I understood why she could feel that way. Anyway NeNe went from being highly pissed to befriending Marlo overnight. It was clear she didn’t want that Charles situation brought up. So befriending Marlo would definitely stop any drama before it starts. Smart move. As I said, she plays chess with these women. I could add more examples, but no need. You should get my point. I actually felt like at some point she and I were getting along a lot better. You’ll have to keep watching to see it.


  1. I agree with Kandi. NeNe is definitely a bit of a user but in the industry she’s in, you have to know the right people. Kandi should understand that because she has a lot of connections too. I honestly respect both of their grinds and I think they could get along better than they believe.

  2. I like Kandi and she was spot on about NeNe BUT NeNe is smart for understanding how to deal with women. The only thing NeNe cares about is her career and making money for her family. And I honestly don’t see anything wrong with that.

  3. I still think Kandi is a little jealous. I mean up until like recently, Kandi was the only housewife with a real hustle outside the show, money, and a real career. Now NeNe has all of that too and I think she’s a little salty about how quickly she got it.

    1. I actually agree with you. Everyone always talks about how much money Kandi has and the fact that she’s a song writer but NeNe is become a legitimate actress and a big time celebrity. She not just on RHOA, she’s on two other shows that are way bigger than RHOA. NeNe’s success isn’t small. She’s actually accomplished a lot in the last couple of years.

  4. Hmm…sorry, I’m Team NeNe over here. LOL. I like Kandi and all but I still think NeNe may be a little smarter than her when it comes to dealing with the girls on the show. I mean Kim did play Kandi and she never paid her for that song. That wouldn’t have happened to NeNe. IJS.

    1. She may have more money but she doesn’t have more fame than NeNe. And that’s a reason to be a little jealous. Just sayin…

      1. I’ll take money over fame anyday. Kandi is a great / smart business woman. I commend her grind. Naw I don’t believe she is jealous one bit. Their two women strong headed and on their hustle. However, I don’t think Kandi would let NeNe punk her like she does the rest.

        Congrats to both ladies for holding it down!

  5. I don’t understand how Kandi can call NeNe out for being phony and an opportunist when she’s so cool with Phaedra, the sneakiest person on the show. Weird.

  6. But you are friends with Kim though, who disrespects you in your face in your own home and never paid you for the song you made for her. Oh.

  7. Whatrever. I think Kandi low key jealous! How can you be cool with Kim and Phaedra and only have “issues” with NeNe. Kim has done way more crap to her than NeNe has and Phaedra is well, kind of two faced.

  8. Like some of you have already said, it’s kind of hard to take her seriously when we all know she kisses Kim’s a–. I mean, it just doesn’t make any sense not to care for NeNe but be friends with Kim.

  9. She’s not making much sense when you factor in who she has been cool with on the show. Kim & Sheree are everything she claims NeNe is.

  10. She is right. NeNe is vindictive and annoying. I’ll be glad when she goes away like Kim is getting ready to.

  11. I’m so turned off by Kandi because she’s a hypocrite. She keeps stuff going all the time but gets mad when it’s about her. She can dish it out but can’t take it. For Kandi to have so much “success”, she doesn’t seem to be happy (with or without a man or sex toys). Nene is genuinely happy & successful now so Kandi turns her nose up to that bur if you were so well off, then why did you come on the show anyways?

    1. Excuse me, but what show are you watching. When Kandi’s first season on the Housewives of Atlanta, Nene always had a snide remark when it came to her. Hell, If I was Kandi, i would keep Nene at arms lengths too. As for Kim and Sheree, yeah they got thier craziness going on but they let Nene know when she’s crossed the line and no one can’t say they haven’t. And get off of BK, it’s some thing she wanted to do and she did it and it’s a success. Atleast when knadi get an idea for a business in mind she goes straight for it. I’m still waiting on these restuarant, lounge whatever it’s called that Nene is opening up.

  12. I don’t think Kandi is jealous of NeNe at all. If anyone remembers when Kandi first started the show NeNe was really picking at Kandi; testing the water. I don’t think NeNe expected Kandi to get with her since she was already controlling the other ladies on the show. I will say this, when it comes to Kim, Kandi & NeNe totally get along with each other. I think they should just sit down and talk like Phadera and NeNe did in Africa and soon Kandi and NeNe will be friends.

    1. Right….NeNe did come at her and Kandi wasn’t having that sh-t! So NeNe hasn’t liked her since.
      NeNe expected Kandi to flop to her but she didn’t so they bumped headed and Kandi didn’t back down…

  13. Kandi has written many ALBUMS since ‘No Scrubs’. She wrote basically both of the last two Fantasia albums, she worked with a lot of females period writing hits who have charted R&B wise and been overseas, and she does a lot of club tours and as a promoter I can tell you she runs $25,000 without a band 10 more with a band. But she sells out shows I have booked her twice. So mama makes her money without trying. She wrote basically the whole Writings On The Wall album by Destiny’s Child it went diamond you done math on how much are made of that album. She wrote a lot on Ciara’s past albums, wrote for Maria Carey, Whitney Houston, and many others. She currently just won 2 more song writing awards. So her work is done behind the scenes, Nene’s is done in front of the camera. So I doubt if Kandi is jealous of anybody.

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