"It Really Uplifted Me"

Kandi Burruss was not exactly sold on the idea of surrogacy. Discussions with her doctor, Dr. Jackie, and Gabrielle Union’s boldness in celebrating her journey to parenthood, however, helped the Real Housewives of Atlanta star overcome her fears.


“For me, it was a tough decision because I feel like, you know, especially in the African American community, you don’t really hear a lot of people who talk about using a surrogate,” Kandi shared during a recent session of Madame Noire’s “In This Room.”

Kandi went on to say, “It’s so many of us that deal with issues from fibroids and having to have surgeries to remove fibroids, which in my case – and in a lot of people’s cases – it affects you being able to get pregnant later on because of scar tissue from the surgery and stuff like that. I just kind of felt like it’s good to share because other people are going through a lot of the same things.”

Kandi Burruss has never been one to bite her tongue regarding matters of family expansion. The Reality TV star was quite open about IVF proceedings that led to her conceiving her son, Ace Wells Tucker. “I think that helped a lot of people when I shared that when we were trying to get pregnant with Ace,” the celebrity mom said.

Although she is grateful to have a surrogate, Kandi admitted that she and her husband, Todd Tucker, were hoping to give birth to another child by traditional means. “We were hoping that it would happen naturally on its own,” Kandi shared. “But it’s just not happening,” she admitted.

“The best opportunity for our embryos to have a chance to make it was through surrogacy. And I know some people were like, ‘Why would you do that?’ For me, it was like not that many alternatives … because I’m not getting pregnant; it’s not happening for me, physically.”

Kandi previously told her fans that Andy Cohen encouraged her to embrace family expansion by way of a surrogate. The RHOA star told Madame Noire that Gabrielle Union also provided inspiration.

“At first, I was kind of like, ‘I don’t know.’ My husband was kind of iffy about it,” Kandi said. “But Dr. Jackie was helping us with the situation,” she added. “And then, when I saw Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade just announce that they had a baby through surrogacy, it really uplifted me.”

Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker have one child, Ace, together. The celebrity couple also has daughters from previous relations. Stay tuned for more RHOA news!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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