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Kandi Burruss Says It "Hurt My Feelings" Her Family Judged Her for Having a Baby Via Surrogate
The RHOA mom discusses how her family reacted to her welcoming Blaze via surrogate.
When Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker wanted to expand their family, The Real Housewives of Atlanta mom wasn't shy about discussing how emotional a decision it was for her to decide to use a surrogate to carry their child after she struggled with fertility issues and fibroids (clip above). Andy Cohen, who welcomed his son, Benjamin, via surrogate in 2019, was quick to offer her the advice she needed to hear and let her know that no matter how she carried that child, she was definitely that baby's mother.
Daughter Blaze was born back in November and the couple has been candid about how grateful they are to their surrogate. Still, members of Kandi's family didn't quite understand how it all worked when she told them about the process.
“One of my family members brought up, ‘Well, you don’t think you’re going to bond with her?’ and it just kind of hurt my feelings. I didn’t say anything, but it did hurt my feelings. Overall, I just think people have to be a little more sensitive when that subject comes up. I still get a little sensitive about it," Kandi shared on the Tamron Hall Show this week.
Kandi was also quick to shut down speculation that she opted for a surrogate due to vanity. “People don’t really have the information, so they don’t really know. It scares you as soon as you find out, obviously. I mean, people are like, ‘Why you wanna do that?’ and they automatically think it’s a ‘vain’ decision, that you’re doing it just ‘cause you don’t want to… c’mon honey, I’ve got money to get my body back if I need to," she said.
Not only did Kandi embrace having her surrogate in her life. Kandi spoke more about connecting with her surrogate on Tamron Hall.
“Some people don’t even meet their surrogate, but for me I was like I want to know who’s carrying my baby around,” she said. “We would communicate on a regular basis and through that we became friends. That was a very selfless act that she did for us.”
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