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Kandi Burruss Reveals How She Feels About Welcoming Blaze Via Surrogate Today
The RHOA mom reflects on her experience using a surrogate for her third child.
When Kandi Burruss wanted to expand her family, she had to decide if surrogacy was right for her after she had struggled with fertility issues and fibroids in the past. Eventually she and husband Todd Tucker opted to go the surrogacy route. They welcomed daughter Blaze last November, and now, with some time and distance from the experience, The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member is opening up about how she feels about that choice today.
She explained in an episode of Parents magazine's We Are Family podcast, via PEOPLE, that while it was a "tough decision," all this time later ,"now that it's all said and done, I wouldn't change a thing. It was the best decision that we could have made."
In the same podcast interview, she noted that she didn't want anyone outside of the situation to judge her for not carrying her child despite her physically being unable to after she was left with scar tissue following a surgery related to uterine fibroids.
"If you are a woman who is having physical issues, you may or may not share those with everyone," she said. "[People] come up with all these [reasons] to [assume] why you need a surrogate."
Kandi's journey with surrogacy was featured in Season 12 of RHOA. She's been open in the past about how she had to overcome certain emotions when it came time to decide to use a surrogate.
"Todd and I are both nervous about it," Kandi told The Daily Dish in November 2018. "I think it's easier for Todd to handle or deal with because as a man he's used to somebody else carrying the baby. But for me it's a little bit harder for me to deal with the thought because I'm supposed to carry my own kids in my mind. But, hey, with science, it's made other options to be able to make it happen."
Blaze was the second child for Kandi and Todd together, who are also parents to a son, Ace. They each have daughters from previous relationships, Riley (Kandi's daughter) and Kaela (Todd's daughter).
In her recent interview with the We Are Family podcast, she noted, "But what I will say is when Blaze got here, I didn't feel any less of a connection than I have with my previous children. I still feel super bonded when I come in the room. Blaze lights up — her smile is so huge when I walk in there — so it's still this same love, the same connection."