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Kandi Burruss' Daughter Riley Opens up About Growing up "Privileged"

"I definitely think that I'm probably going to get backlash," the RHOA teen said while discussing her upbringing with her mom.

By Jocelyn Vena
Kandi Riley Burruss Privileged Childhood

On Sunday's (December 1) episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, viewers watched as Riley Burruss moved one step closer to taking the world by storm. The episode followed Kandi Burruss' daughter to New York City where she spent the summer interning at a law firm, and now she's opening up more about what fans saw, including her being perplexed by the fridge in her luxury apartment and how viewers may think that she's being spoiled.

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The RHOA teen joined her mama on her YouTube series to chat about her summer in NYC and growing up "privileged" following Sunday night's episode. While the conversation was mostly light between her and her mom (for the record, she can make ice), she did address her upbringing.

"I definitely think that I'm probably going to get backlash as we have before for certain things," she said. "Clearly, we're very fortunate and I'm definitely very privileged, so certain things to other people might sound so abnormal, such as my car and things like that, which I know [my mom's] gotten criticized for doing, giving to me."

Riley's stepdad, Todd Tucker, has also been vocal about the subject as he was in Sunday's episode: “It’s too fast... 16, driving a Porsche, got a high-rise apartment in the city.”

Kandi, in the episode, shared her own philosophy for why she feels comfortable doing what she does for Riley: “Todd is definitely more strict than me. Todd is like you’re not supposed to have these things at this age! I’m like, as long as you’re doing good in school you can have it.”

Kandi mirrored that sentiment in the YouTube episode. She said that while she didn't grow up rich, she, too, didn't work until she joined Xscape. She was raised to focus on her schooling, so there were chores she too didn't do until she was older, like Riley. Kandi also shared that she felt like Riley was a bit "sheltered" growing up and wants her to experience things like trips via school now.

"I wanted to get her used to being out there in the world," Kandi added. "I've been preparing my child Riley to be able to be on her own and be confident and be her own woman for a very long time."

In the YouTube sit-down with her mom, Riley noted that she's "also a kid," which is why she didn't necessarily know about the smaller things she would have to do once she was in NYC living, more or less, on her own with just a roommate.

Riley, now 17, then addressed her life now versus her 23-year-old stepsister Kaela Tucker's. "Please don't roast me. I know I'm privileged and sometimes don't know things. You see, that's why we learn," she said. "I personally do not like the comparisons 'cause you can't compare me. I'm still a child and then [to] an adult. I'm not an adult yet."

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