1. Finally Married!
Fans are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker in the upcoming docu-series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding.” Against vocal family opposition that played out dramatically in season six of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kandi and Todd have decided to move forward and tie the knot.
Each episode follows Kandi and Todd as they plan a larger-than-life “Coming to America” themed wedding ceremony, signifying the couple’s initial introduction in Africa. The two are confident that they can pull off their dream wedding without the help of a wedding planner – and in only five short weeks. Adding to the pressure of a major time crunch is the reality that family drama is never far away. Kandi and Todd are hosting his mother at their house prior to the wedding and are faced with her opposition towards the outspoken Mama Joyce. Will there be a clashing of mother- in-laws and will Kandi find the strength to stand up to Mama Joyce, or will her powerful influence jeopardize the bride-to-be’s fairytale wedding?
I had the opportunity to chat with Todd about the journey and how he and kandi overcame all the drama, to make it to the alter. He opens up about Mama Joyce, his mother, and his plans to enjoy married life. To see all of the drama, tears, and laughs unfold tune in this Sunday, June 1 at 8pm/7c only on Bravo.
Congratulations on tying the knot, how is married life treating you?
Todd Tucker: “It is treating me very well…after we got married, I had to go to L.A. for a work project, but our frequent flyer miles are racking up (laughs).”
You and Kandi have come a long way, how does it feel to finally be married?
Todd Tucker: “The feeling is amazing…but the journey was like a heavy weight fighter who fought ten rounds and then he had to go fight ten more! It was a tough journey, and it takes you back to past relationships when the woman says, “you didn’t fight for me.” I now understand what that means now, because I fought with all of my energy for this relationship.”
What advice would you give to guys who may be experiencing what you have gone through?
Todd Tucker: “I would say, to revert back to what your mother told you…be respectful as well as being patient. You have to see the bigger goal…I knew that at the end of the day, all that mattered was our happiness.”
You have a great relationship with your mother, how did your relationship with your mother help you handle Mama Joyce?
Todd Tucker: “The biggest thing that my mother did, was kept her composure and was very supportive. My mother wasn’t also concerned about the antics of Mama Joyce. My mother also had a lot of patience, and I think that is one of the reasons why Kandi and I made it, because my mother made it easy for us to navigate through this.”
Viewers got a glimpse into some of the pre-wedding drama on RHOA, but what will viewers see when they tune in to see “The RHOA: Kandi’s Wedding” this June?
Todd Tucker: “It’s a lot of drama…trying to get the wedding off the ground…we also didn’t have a wedding planner, so that limited us to a certain degree. Viewers will get to see my mother and Mama Joyce face-to-face for the first time, which definitely got heated. It’s drama, but it was real life stuff that we were dealing with at the moment.”
What really surprised you the most while filming and everything leading up to the wedding?
Todd Tucker: “When I was walking down the aisle (laughs). During filming, I wasn’t sure that we were going to make it. There were times when I felt like I couldn’t do this anymore.”
Who’s idea was it to have the ‘Coming to America’ wedding theme?
Todd Tucker: “We both love that movie, and it explained our journey a little, since we met in Africa and I always think of myself as a King, since I’m a Leo (laughs). Kandi thought of it really, and I went along with it. At the end of the day, we wanted to have fun and wanted all of our guests to enjoy themselves!”
You and the other husbands of RHOA have formed a great bond, will viewers get to see them on the show?
Todd Tucker: “All of the husbands are invited…Peter and Apollo have been supportive, and Peter actually organized my bachelor party. We all get along, and that’s good to have with them.”
The word “opportunist” got thrown a lot, what is the biggest misconception that people have of you?
Todd Tucker: “I am definitely not an opportunist…I didn’t enter this relationship expecting or wanting anything from Kandi. I was already in TV production when she and I first met, and I continue to do my thing. I am currently producing a show in L.A. which I did on my own, without any help from Kandi. When people say that, I think they are dealing with what is inside of them. It gets annoying, because why can’t I just love Kandi for her and not her money?”
Is it intimidating to be with someone who has more money than you?
Todd Tucker: “No, for me it’s not intimidating…I know who I am and what I bring to the table, and no matter how powerful a female is, they always need a male counterpart to balance them.”
How have you and Riley’s relationship change during the wedding process?
Todd Tucker: “It has definitely grown from the beginning. She has even taken up for me against Mama Joyce. It is working out really well.”
What fun moments will viewers get to see when they tune in?
Todd Tucker: “Kandi’s big smile! She is going to be smiling so hard (laughs). It was such a great moment to see her so happy that she couldn’t even control it.
Lastly, what can people expect from you?
Todd Tucker: “I am going to continue to build my production company, but most importantly I want to be a family man and focus on that.”