Real Housewives of Atlanta Kandi Burruss, according to E!, decided to marry Todd Tucker without a prenup. Millions of women, from the financially challenged to the wealthy, all gasp clutching their hearts at even the possibility that Burruss did not have new husband Tucker sign a prenup agreement. Others, however, believe it demonstrates unbelievable faith in her relationship. Burruss, who is reportedly worth an estimated $35 million, possibly chose love and trust over protecting the empire she built solely while she was single. Fans are now wondering if Mama Joyce saw something in Mr. Tucker that the millions of fans supporting Burruss’s love for her man did not see.
The tension between Burruss’ mother Mama Joyce and Tucker is far from a dark family secret hidden from the limelight. Mama Joyce did not hide from the world that she felt from her gut that Tucker was an opportunist. The family sought counseling on the sixth season of Real Housewives of Atlanta to try to resolve the tension, so that Burruss could marry the love of her life. The family even appeared on the popular morning talk show The View with Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, and Barbra Walters. Sherri Shepherd, who was also a guest at the couples’ elaborate wedding, attempted to bring resolve between Mama Joyce and Tucker for her friend.
Mama Joyce reportedly was accepting of Tucker when her daughter began dating him. Tucker was a line producer for the Bravo TV hit reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta when cast mate and close friend, Phaedra Parks introduced the couple. It wasn’t until Burruss purchased a mansion in Atlanta, Georgia that Mama Joyce began raising an eyebrow at Tucker. It was decided by Tucker, before the couple married, that Mama Joyce could not move into the guest house situated behind the mansion. Tucker’s explanation was that he wanted to enjoy the 8,000 square feet estate alone as a couple.
Mama Joyce, who raised Burruss on her own, saw the opportunist in Tucker and reportedly went into protection mode of her daughter. Mama Joyce, 64, went so far as to try to physically combat one of Burruss’s close friends in a bridal shop who supported the couple getting married. She also confronted Tucker on the show expressing her concern that he was after Burruss’s money and asking if he would sign a prenup. The groom responded saying he did not feel comfortable agreeing to sign anything at that time. E! reported Mama Joyce and Burruss allegedly had words on the bride’s wedding day when she learned Burruss had decided against the prenup agreement. After the wedding, Mama Joyce was reported stating she accepts that if her daughter is happy, she is happy.
Burruss who has royalty checks from penning hits for such mega artists as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Usher, and TLC is admired and respected by millions for her business savvy. Not stopping at song writing, the mogul invested in more traditional brick and mortar type businesses by opening clothing stores and running a successful line of sex toys called Bedroom Kandi. Many would say Burruss is far from a less-than-smart woman. She represents a strong woman in control of her destiny and skilled at making money in a tough industry.
Fans are concerned, however, that the young millionaire isn’t as intuitive about making sound decisions in matters of the heart. While thousands of Burruss’ fans flooded social media with support of her love for Tucker, others were alarmed as they watched him abandon her on a joint theater project A Mother’s Love (based on the turmoil occurring in her personal life with Mama Joyce) and jump aboard what he felt was a “better” project. Burruss broke down in tears in front of the cameras over his choice to leave her side to join a “better” deal when she was counting on him. Tucker did not seem to care until Burruss showed him what money can do. Once Tucker saw the beautiful theater she was renting for her production, he suddenly decided to support Burruss once again. While most would see this as the actions of a true opportunist, Burruss was forgiving and moved forward with Tucker.
Burruss, who is willing to fight tooth and nail anyone who refers to her man as an opportunist, smiles happily in her beautiful wedding photo. But just like reality television, a camera can only capture so much of the truth behind the glitz and glamour in a photograph. Whether Burruss decided against the prenup agreement to prove to the world that she trusts Tucker completely, it is really none of the world’s business. However, being a reality star who agreed to let the world into her life, viewers cannot help but view Tucker as a very smooth, savvy man if he, indeed, got away with not signing a prenup agreement. Burruss, known for being a generous, kind woman to those she loves, would give Tucker the world, whether he signed the agreement or not. That is the type of woman she is. A man who reportedly earns considerably less than his wife is allegedly now in a position to not only smooth talk and/or dictate where Burruss’s mother lives and Burruss’ business affairs, but he can possibly hit the lottery if he decides he wants out of the marriage.
Though Kandi Burrus allegedly decided against a prenup, millionaire Real Housewives of Atlanta cast mates NeNe Leakes (married 15 years to her husband, then divorced and remarried him) and attorney Phaedra Parks reportedly did not decide against prenup agreements in their marriages. Deciding against a prenup in today’s world might not be such a smart move for anyone who has invested years of blood, sweat, and tears to reach the top of their game. A man who would refuse to sign a prenup, in most cases, could be considered smart. Many question the intentions and underlying motivations of a smart man who would allow his wife to look not-so-smart.
Opinion by Meleika Gardner