I initially refused to believe all the hype about the breakup of Real Atlanta Housewife Kandi Burruss and her finace’ Ashley “AJ” Jewell cause I’m a die hard optimist. I thought the two were gonna fight against all the naysayers and tie knot. I envisioned a Black version of The Brady Bunch where Kandi & AJ would merge families and all would move into one house and live happily ever after while we all watched it all unfold on reality TV. Well, apparently my vision was askew:
Kandi let it slip during a recent Essence interview that she and AJ were on “Hiatus” and that although she and AJ had hit a rough patch, two of his girls, who had moved into her place while the couple was engaged, are still living in her home.
We’re on hiatus. He’s a great guy and he’s not the type to sit on his behind like a scrub, so it has nothing to do with that. Yes, he has a lot of children, and yes, I didn’t know about them all at first but I got over it because as long as you handle your responsibility and spend time with your children it’s not an issue for me. Another thing I want to set the record straight on is that AJ was married before. A lot of people make comments like, if he didn’t marry his other children’s mothers then why do you think he’s going to marry you.
Well AJ says they’re not on no “hiatus”: They’ve broken up and he’s moved out. Kandi’s future ex-husband also confirmed that although they’ve gone their separate ways, they remain good friends and are raising his twin daughters together. Ok…I guess he cleared that up.
You can find AJ over at The Body Tap where I heard he’s part owner. That’s where I found him anyway. *ding* I just had a light bulb moment about where Kandi learned those infamous skripper moves she taught Fantasia. It all makes sense now.
Real Housewives of Atlanta castmates, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burris, Kim Zolciak & unofficial 6th housewife, Dwight Eubanks recently took part in a photo campaign against hate. They were also joined by author J.L. King, V-103 radio personality Miss Sophia and Rasheeda. Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley of NoH8Campaign.com are Los Angeles based photographers and co-creators of the highly visible campaign. What began as a small grassroots movement in the wake of Proposition 8 passing in California, which effectively banned same-sex couples from legalizing their unions, has now turned into a full fledged movement.
The campaign started with portraits of every day Californians who supported marriage equality but soon expanded to Celebrities and supporters in general. The photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices not being heard and the letters NOH8 painted on one cheek in protest.
Kandi & Jeff Parshley (of NoH8 Campaign)
Sheree’ Whitfield (center) with the founders of NOH8 (Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley)
Dwight & V-103’s Miss Sophia. *sigh* Somebody come hold me… I’m skerred!