Kandi Burruss actually goes way back with one of her fellow stars competing for the title of Celebrity Big Brother champion this season. She and Tamar Braxton not only run in the same social circles in Atlanta, but they also went on tour together during Xscape's string of shows in late 2017.
Having a previous relationship with a fellow houseguest can certainly be an asset on CBB as you know you have at least one ally who won't vote to evict you. But in the case of Kandi and Tamar, having history together is proving to be a burden.
Kandi and Tamar seemed to be getting along just fine in their first few days in the CBB house. Kandi even pledged her loyalty to Tamar, saying that she would never vote her out. Tamar said she found that "comforting" because she didn't know what Kandi's "position" would be, considering everything they've been through in the past.
And that's when all hell broke loose in the CBB house. Tamar brought up to Kandi that their relationship hasn't been the best in the past, but The Real Housewives of Atlanta mogul was confused as to why she would say that. "Tamar and I have a long history together. A year ago, we went on tour with my group Xscape," she said in the diary room during the January 23 episode of CBB. "And some of that time was tough, but I thought we were good."
Tamar told Kandi that she felt like she was talking about her behind her back while they were on tour. Kandi said she didn't remember ever saying anything about Tamar. "The tour, it was horrible for me because I was having trouble in my marriage, I was having issues in my career, things were all over the place. You personally interjected yourself in the situation by talking crazy about me when you just should have said nothing," Tamar said to Kandi. "From my perspective, it was totally, utterly disrespectful and unprofessional."
Kandi was totally taken aback by that last statement. "Tamar thinks that our group was purposely trying to be mean to her, we were purposely trying to mess up her set," Kandi explained in the diary room during the episode. "But the bottom line is we would not do all of those things on purpose to make her life bad on the tour. We were happy that she was there. So whatever she's thinking is clearly a misunderstanding."
Kandi then started laughing while still talking to Tamar, which made Tamar feel disrespected. Tamar then exited the conversation and was so upset, she sobbed in the diary room.
This ATL drama didn't end there. Tamar later approached Kandi and said that the two should have another conversation after this season of CBB ends. But Kandi said that she didn't think they should talk about this anymore because she didn't "want it to get emotional."
Things became heated between the two of them again after Kandi said that she felt like Tamar was being "petty" and having a "tantrum" about the situation. “I can’t believe we're still arguing about this. Like, I don’t even know what she wants me to say to make her feel better," Kandi said in the diary room. "I mean, it’s not getting any better. Let’s just agree to disagree.”
Just when it seemed like this beef was far from being squashed, Tamar approached Kandi again, and they finally both agreed to stop arguing, move on, and hug it out. But Tamar may have had an ulterior motive for extending an olive branch to Kandi. “OK, so me and Kandi hug because, honey, let me just be honest with you, there are bigger fish to fry. We gotta make sure Lolo stays off the block ‘cause that’s my girl for real," Tamar said in the diary room, revealing her plans to save fellow houseguest Lolo Jones from becoming a nominee.
Kandi and Tamar both managed to stay off the block and avoid eviction, which means they'll live to see another week in the CBB house. The iciness may have temporarily thawed between these two Georgia Peaches, but something tells us that the cold war will rage on in the CBB house.
You can catch Kandi with her other Atlanta besties on RHOA Sundays at 8/7c. Check out a sneak peek of an all-new episode, below.