Phaedra Parks Speaks On Allegation That She Started Kandi Burruss Rumor
Phaedra Parks is speaking on the explosive moment when she was “exposed” on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion. If you tuned in Sunday then you no doubt saw Phaedra sit stone-faced as her “Frick” Porsha Williams threw her under the bus for allegedly starting the rumor that Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker wanted to drug her to take advantage of her in their “sex dungeon.”
“I was served a cease and desist by Kandi, and I no longer can speak on the subject,” said Porsha. “What I want to do is have Phaedra speak because she’s the one who told me that Kandi said that.”
Now Phaedra’s speaking out and being defiant. According to the RHOA star, she’s too busy with her jobs to be caught up in gossip. Furthermore, someone and her family can’t stop talking about her. Hi, Kandi!
“It’s funny to think that I have any additional time to be caught up in gossip,” the 43-year-old reality star told PEOPLE. “I have several jobs, as we know, and I have two small children. But I think everyone always has to blame someone.”
“I’m sure the footage speaks for itself,” she continued. “My every scene is not talking about anyone on the show except for what’s going on in my personal life. Others can’t stop mentioning me. Their whole family mentions me. They’re whole staff mentions me. It’s just endless mentioning of me!”
She also added that her character “speaks for itself” (Bye Frick!) and she wants to be used as a “vessel” for empowerment.
“Sometimes, if people don’t have anything concrete, they just attack your character,” Parks told PEOPLE. “But my character speaks for itself. Anyone who knows me knows I’m very gracious, I’m very helpful. And a lot of the things I do for people, you never see it on camera. Because that is not my intention to get praise for it. My intention is to be a vessel and be used for the purpose of empowering people.”
The southern belle has spoken.
So if Phaedra didn’t say it, then “who said that” (Porsha voice)?!
More of Phaedra defending her character on the flip.
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According to Phaedra however, that’s simply not true and she’d like someone to mail her a copy of the “Christian handbook.”
“Oh you’re not this.’ And I’m like, ‘Wow — it’s so many people with this Christian handbook that I have not received,’ ” Parks told PEOPLE. “So I’ve been praying that whoever owns the Christian dress code and has the handbook, they just send me a copy. Because I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it lays out these strict guidelines about laughing and having fun and wearing bathing suits. Where did they get this dress code for being Christian? I thought it was about your hearts.”
She also spoke on her Phaedra foundation that has a mission to “inspire hope and change through education, exposure and advocacy for social justice.” Phaedra’s planning to do a summer camp in Atlanta for youth to teach them about independence.
“I know as a child, I went to overnight camp and that exposed me to so many activities,” Parks told PEOPLE. “It helped me become independent, it helped me understand relationships, it helped me understand how to stand alone in difficult moments. I couldn’t leave the camp with my parents being 100 miles away. I had to figure it out.”
On not bashing Apollo for the sake of her children.
“I respect my children too much,” she continues. “I don’t want them to look back on television, tabloids or something I said that will make them feel like their father was not a great father. I’m always doing things to err on the side of not saying anything if I can’t say anything that’s not nice about him. It was important to me to maintain some privacy around it.”
On not speaking to the other RHOA ladies on her divorce:
“None of them had been supportive throughout the process,” she says. “So I knew their questions weren’t coming from a place of support — it was from a place of being nosy, wanting to know what was going on with my marriage and the divorce.”