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The Real Housewives of Potomac's Candiace Dillard Opens Up About Becoming a Stepmom

The RHOP newcomer shares what the future holds for her family with fiancé Chris Bassett.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Candiace Dillard Has a Susband

Candiace Dillard never saw herself marrying someone like her fiancé Chris Bassett (or, as she calls him, her "susband" or soon-to-be-husband). Chris was previously married and has three children from that relationship, and The Real Housewives of Potomac newcomer wasn't really interested in pursuing a relationship with someone who had been married before and already had kids, she recently told The Daily Dish. 

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But then Candiace fell in love with Chris, and everything changed. Now as the RHOP couple prepares to tie the knot this August, Candiace, whose parents divorced when she was 2 years old, has found herself stepping up as a stepmom as she is about to officially step into this role. "I think that what made it OK was the fact that I also come from a blended family, so it wasn't like unchartered territory for me. I know what it's like really to be — I call them my bonus children — I know what it's like to be my bonus children. I've been in their shoes where you've got parents who maybe don't agree all the time and have sort of a tumultuous relationship at times, and the kids are often in the middle," she shared during an interview with The Daily Dish earlier this month. "So I often find myself advocating for them before I'm advocating for Chris or his ex-wife because you know what the scarring can do to you as a child in the middle of divorce. And they're about the same age as I was when my parents got divorced, so I really empathize with them in that way." 


It wasn't that difficult for Candiace to love and care for Chris' children as her own, either. "Once I knew that I was in love with Chris, I just loved his kids; it was just sort of automatic. They're an extension of him, and because they're an extension of him, they're an extension of me," she said. "And when, if and when, [I have] a child, I want for my biological children and my 'bonus children' to have a special bond and a relationship, so I feel like it just kind of worked out. It worked out for the best."

But when it comes to give birth to a child herself one day, Candiace still isn't sure she's ready to make that big decision just yet. "I don't want to be sleepless and I don't want to have stretch marks and I don't want to have to wake up at all hours of the night to feed a child. You have to feed a child. You have to bathe them. You have to make sure they're not ---holes. Like, it's a lot of work, and it's a lot of responsibility to have to put onto me," she explained. "I know the kind of person I am. I'm a control freak. I want the best for myself and for my family, so I know I'm gonna be a psycho mom. And it's just like I need to accept this or pray about it, or what do I need to do?" 

Ultimately, Candiace said that she does want to have children with Chris, and it may be best for the couple to just go for it. "So there's a lot of thought that has gone into having kids for Chris and I," she shared. "I need to just stop thinking about it and just do it because if I keep thinking about it, I'm not gonna do it. I'm gonna make an excuse." 

See more of Candiace on the road to becoming a Mrs., below.

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