From previous tragedy to new love, all about Kandi's mom's past.

on Jan 12 - The Dish0

We're not sure any matriarch in Housewives history has garnered as much attention as Kandi Burruss' Mama Joyce. But before there was the ubiquitous #MamaJoyce hashtag, the Atlanta spitfire was already living a vibrant and fascinating life. Here are 7 things you might not have known about her.

1. Kandi is not Joyce's only child.
Joyce's eldest, son Patrick, tragically died in a car crash at the age of 22 (when Kandi was 15).

2. She comes from a huge family.
She's the youngest of 14 children.

3. She's a working girl.
Joyce has held posts as a telecommunications professional, but retired when she had to undergo spinal surgery.

4. Kandi is not her meal ticket.
"Anybody that knows me knows that I’ve always had my own money," she recently told Ebony. "I’ve been on disability, Social Security, and plus I have rental property."

5. She's an inspiring mother.
Kandi credits her mom with helping her build her career and fortunes, which is why she recently told Andy Cohen "She made sure I was good growing up; I'm going to make sure she's good [now]."

6. She's got a love life, too!
Just because Joyce seems extra concerned about her daughter's romantic interests, it doesn't mean she can't focus on her own. Kandi recently revealed that her mom is dating a mystery man.

7. She's a muse.
Joyce's strong personality inspires art. Kandi's relationship with her mom is at the center of her new musical, A Mother's Love.

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15 comments
chachame
chachame

Somebody please help find Mama Joyce a man and not a young one.  She need a strong, ol school, but hip, energetic, seasoned man, that can let her be strong but yet know how to pull her back in line when she over stepping her boundaries.  She need to be broke off real right!

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

Those were interesting facts about Mama Joyce, she may however be careful with starting fights and being on medical disability.  LOL

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

Kandi - Mama Joyce is looking in the wrong direction for the Opportunist. I believe Peter and Cynthia hold the reign on that one with the venture they have made with Kordell. She did not mention it on the show. Did Kordell's wife, Porsha, know about the Venture? Peter,  to me,  seems to be high on the totem pole of one who could be called an Opportunist.  Day late and dollar short. 


You and your man get married and stay out of the drama. You and Todd have skills and people get jealous about that because all they know is this and nothing else. You have proven that you not only have the ways and means of making money ... but keeping your money as well, Todd also has demonstrated that he does not need your money. He seems to have a very nice Mom and she even said she raised him right. So move on and get married> You and Todd can be a force out there and can do good work. Don't let the haters have their way. They do not want to see you and Todd succeed where they have failed.

QLW5R7CN
QLW5R7CN

Kandi it's okay if you and Todd have a private wedding many people do it. I will be doing the same because I don't want the drama. Any way I believe why pay for someone to come to your wedding to eat your food and drink your liquor and talk about you in your face. They can do that not on your expense for free. As you mentioned your mom has been married 3 times before and  your grandmother didn't act like she did. Momma Joyce must understand you are a grown woman who can hold her own.You are very financially wealthy indepedent strong woman who is smart. Why would she think you would not be able to protect yourself financially once married. Unless that is what she did. Kandi again I wish you and Todd and your family the best. Momma Joyce  knows GOD is first, your spouse is second and comes before the parents not leaving them out. That is why in the marriage vows it saids "What GOD has joined together let no man put asunder".  If it really bothers your mom you and your mom may need to talk infront of a therapist including  your daughter and Todd. This way your daughter can express her views as well as Todd to respectly confront your mom.  Wishing you and Todd the best and your family.

QLW5R7CN
QLW5R7CN

Kandi some times family can be a pain but that what we all go thru. I'm glad you respectfully had a talk with your mom and always stay by your mom. Your mom means well but she has to put herself in your place jealous people are going to always TRY to sabatoge your relationship which should make you and TODD even closer. Since your mom is dating it seems she too shoud if not already do her  homework or stay on her toes about someone she is dating as well. The same thing she has heard or feel about your relationship can happen to her as well. I saw on an episode your mom stated she doesnt  want to lose you. What would it be like if your mom got married. Hopefully, everything will work out for your mom dating and you and your mom relationship. Last but not least girl I like how you read Cynthia friend, when you finished with her someone should have called 911 and then yelled CLEAR because she truly looked like she was had a heart attack, not to mention the firemen should have been there to spray the fire as well. She looked like someone who was in a fire with black some in their face. I guess she won't mess with you, that is why on the upcoming episode she had to hide behind someone to bring up the issue again. She truly isnt a woman or may I say she probably was still in recovery from being burnt, poor thing. LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL. As the saying goes in Carrie movie "They all gonna laugh at  you". LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL

bemaubi
bemaubi

I am sorry but having your own money should not include disability and social security and a rental property you own because Kandi gave you a house.

bobbiji
bobbiji

Girl stick by your mom she will always be there not to said she has been acting up but oh well thats what some moms do. Wishing you a happy and long marriage thats how you shut up mom (smile)

msant2012
msant2012

Kandi I cannot understand your undying love for your Mother.  I do understand why a daughter would overlook some flaws, however in your case, I cannot see it.  Your mom is  a selfish woman.  Whether or not she has or doesn't have money or is self-sustaining, she is definitely selfish.  Her face is a dead giveaway.  You can actually see her hatred coming through on TV.  She acted like a hoodlum and a thug when you went for your wedding dress, I still cannot believe the way she acted. And all of the other s that were with her.  They had an agenda when they came and they accomplished what they set out to do - to destroy your trying on wedding dresses.


She had her day and she grew up they way she wanted, she should let you.  You are not her CHILD anymore.  The one thing that I see is that she is concerned about who is going to get your money or share your money.  You are her meal ticket and if you don't see this your blind. However, I truly think in your heart you know who and what she is, I know its hard to admit this on TV, but I think you really do know.


If your mom loves you so much as she has stated, she would let you make your own decisions, Todd is not a convicted felon that she has to watch out for, she just doesn't want you to have anyone in your life that will take away from what she can benefit from - YOU!


Get some courage and talk to her and let her know that you will go forward with the wedding plans with or without her, it will be her loss, not yours.  Once you stand up to her, she will change her tune.  After all she doesn't want to lose her meal ticket. 


Good Luck, you are a sweet good person, I wish you the best whether or not you go forward with your plans, just do what you want to do, not what you mom wants.  She has her own life!!

jeanawaj
jeanawaj

So if she is on disability, then we "tax payers" are supporting her. She is a thug and an embarrassment.

Ruby-Lena
Ruby-Lena

Family relationships and issues get twisted up in a lot of emotions. We see it's causing so much pain and chaos. I hope they work it out soon; obviously, they care very deeply for each other. I hope Mama Joyce will let go and trust her daughter's choices. It's not easy for moms. Much love & light to Mama Joyce. Stay Strong Kandi. Peace. 

BeWiseNotFoolish
BeWiseNotFoolish

Thank you Khandi for showing and telling the entire world your undying loyalty to your MOTHER.  You might not see it now, but your MOTHER is trying to protect your heart and hard earned efforts.  I see exactly what she sees in Todd and I fully understand her concern.  Bunches of females would give a limb to have the close knit unconditional loving RELATIONSHIP that you have with your MOTHER.  Your MOTHER raised you well and I applaud you for continuing to RESPECT her with DIGNITY despite what the majority says. 

mtrae9
mtrae9

Well, we have all had bad times in our lives, but we don't all act like Mama Joyce.  However, I do admire Kandi for standing up for her mother.

red2
red2

Mama Joyce is who she is and Kandi clearly loves her - the end. As far as Todd is concerned - why dont you just have him take a lie dective test and come to a conclusion once and for all. Ask Dr Phil.....

sinsin
sinsin

Kandi's mom may have been rough in her delivery but she was dead right in her summize of Todd and that ratchet friend Phaketra setting her up. Looks like Kandi needs to listen to her mother after all.

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

@msant2012 I agree. Every parent wants to see when their child shows gumption. I remember when my son stood up to me and although I was surprised, startled, angry and felt that I had lost my young son, I was glad he was becoming a man, with his own feelings, wants and desires.  We parents may not admit it, but it is when you do show us you can debate, win arguments, and the like that we know you will be ok. Your mother Kandi, does not feel you can do this so she takes control. Even Todd is saying speak up, don't laugh about things you need to change, do something about it or you may loose what is important to you..... not what is important to your mother ..... YOU. That is why you gave in with the house. She demands and you cave in. You just need to let her know that you are in charge. She may get angry with you but you will gain her respect.