Kandi Burruss and Shereé Whitfield suffer no fools on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. So when their respective baby daddies tried to step to them on Sunday’s all new episode, the Atlanta Housewives wasted no time putting them in their place.
For Burruss, 40, that meant reminding ex Russell “Block” Spencer that his own actions had caused their daughter, Riley Burruss, to push away from him.
The two had a tense phone conversation — which began when Spencer called Kandi after years of not speaking, telling her he was trying to mend fences.
“I’m tryin’ make up with you, see what I’m saying, so I can see Riley,” he said. “I just need to sit down with you too. Like, I just don’t want no bad blood going on so we can co-parent the right way. How can we start over?”
Kandi wasn’t incredibly open to Spencer’s sudden suggestion of wanting to be involved in Riley’s life — especially after his history of not showing up for Riley when he said he would. “How do you co-parent a kid that’s almost 14 years old? That you’ve never co-parented? No. It doesn’t work like that,” she told viewers in a confessional.
She told Spencer to direct his desire for a relationship with Riley to Riley herself. “At this point, Riley is old enough to say whether or not she really wants to have a relationship with her dad,” she explained earlier in the episode. “Right now, she ain’t feeling it. So I ain’t going to push and I’m not going to diss the relationship.”
But Spencer told Burruss his attempts to contact Riley had gone unanswered. “I’ve been calling y’all — y’all ain’t been calling me back,” he said. “I’m not about to chase y’all to communicate with me. I’m not chasing nobody, you understand what I’m saying?”
Whitfield had similar financial struggles with her ex, Bob Whitfield. The two officially divorced in 2007 after 7 years of marriage and 14 years together. But despite being court-ordered to maintain Shereé’s mortgage, household expenses and child support — Bob did not.
They’re in a good place now, co-parenting after 9 years of battling and legal squabbles. But Shereé said Bob has never said he’s sorry for the “bad place” he took her to during their split.