Kandi Burruss thinks she knows why Marlo Hampton has been coming for her so hard on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
After watching her castmate slam her as a “hoe,” among other things, on a recent episode, Kandi suspected Marlo is determined to secure a full-time role on season 15 while reacting to Sheree Whitfield‘s negative comments about her and teasing plans to confront the ladies at the upcoming reunion.
“For me, I don’t do fake beef… I would’ve never probably ever had any drama with her if she had not started coming at me crazy… She wants the action and she gonna get it,” Kandi said on the June 14 episode of Access Hollywood‘s Housewives Nightcap.
Then, after the host suspected Marlo was acting out to retain her peach, Kandi replied, “That’s how it’s coming off to me.”
“Marlo specifically kept bringing up, ‘Why is [Sanya Richard-Ross] so cool with Kandi all the sudden? Why does she want to be friends with her? It’s probably because she got more followers than us,’” Kandi continued, giving a nod to the “shady” way in which the editors pointed out just how many more followers Kandi has than the rest of the women.
“It was just kinda like, ‘What have I done to you?’” Kandi admitted of her unexpected drama with Marlo. “She started bringing up my past and trying to figure out all the people I dated or whatever she said about me and I’m like, ‘Ma’am, let us get on you. Let’s not do that.’”
According to Kandi, she could have gone “all the way in” on her co-stars for the things they said about her, especially Marlo, who hasn’t had the best reputation in recent years.
“She said I was a hoe or whatever. I’m like, ‘A woman who is a known, or ‘allegedly’ a known wh-re, cannot talk to me.’ [She] openly says that I… didn’t get paid for sex, ‘Well, clearly you’re saying that you get paid for sex. Ma’am you’re the whore in this situation.’”
While Kandi didn’t understand what Marlo was talking about, she was even more surprised by Sheree co-signing what she was saying.
“I expect that from Marlo. But Sheree? I was like done when I saw that,” she admitted. “I was totally shocked.”
According to Kandi, she hasn’t done anything to Sheree and doesn’t understand where her negative energy is coming from.
She also said that while Sheree was mad at her for not calling her about what she was hearing from Kenya Moore about her boyfriend, Tyrone Gilliams, she didn’t want to forward hearsay to her before it was confirmed.
“She was already mad because she said I repeated something previously that was said to me. So why would I throw Kenya under the bus… so that you can be mad at Kenya for the same reason?” she wondered. “I didn’t even understand her being upset. I was confused, really.”
In addition to agreeing with Marlo’s hateful comments, Sheree also shaded Kandi herself, claiming she dates below her tax bracket.
“Sheree, you just got dissed by a man who just got out of prison, honey. If that’s not below your tax bracket… He ain’t pay taxes in years,” Kandi noted. “She’s totally played all the way around in all parts of her life. ‘So girl, why are you over here joining forces with somebody else who ain’t got nothing going on?’”
Reflecting on the things Marlo and Sheree spewed about her amid the season, Kandi said she “did not know that they were saying all that.”
“I didn’t know that this energy was happening around me but not directly to where I would know about it. I thought that was super foul of her,” Kandi said of Marlo specifically.
And she hasn’t spoken to Marlo since. Instead, she’s saving her energy for the RHOA reunion.
“I have nothing to say. I will talk to her about the reunion. I will not be holding back. If you don’t think I can’t run down the list I can say about y’all… I’m not going to pull out negative things to say about you, unprovoked. But I had not done anything to them for them to come at me in that way. I’ll wait,” she warned.
Kandi went on to say that there were a couple of things that happened during the season that really threw her in terms of Marlo, especially after she was such a supporter of her gaining a peach.
“Out of all the people in this group I feel like I’m the one who’s been the most supported, the most excited about her getting the peach. So for her to come around and pretend like I’ve never helped nobody or I don’t look out for people, I was like, ‘You are really making things up. You really just looking for drama.’ Because the things that she was saying were totally false,” Kandi stated.
As for the rest of the season, Kandi remains on “great” terms with Sanya, Kenya, and Drew Sidora. She said that she “got along great” with them, and she also claims the drama among the cast is going to “get worse.”
“I already know the argument that Marlo and I had in Jamaica went way below the belt,” she shared. “We really, really, really went at each other.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta season 14 airs Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo.