Phaedra Parks Calls DonJuan A ‘Coward,’ Optimistic About Kandi Burruss Friendship

Phaedra Parks has a problem not with Kandi Burruss but with her manager/friend DonJuan. In her latest blog post, posted on Tuesday, Phaedra labeled DonJuan a “coward” for talking badly about her behind her back. As for Kandi, Phaedra wrote that she’s optimistic that their friendship will get back on track to what it used to be.

On Sunday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Phaedra and Kandi had a tearful heart-to-heart talk about the state of their friendship. Kandi’s manager and friend DonJuan walked in during the conversation and then later told Kandi that Phaedra’s being fake.

“Phaedra Parks got her Emmy with that fake a** cry.”

In her blog, Phaedra pointed out that DonJuan didn’t say what he did to her face. She expressed hope that Kandi won’t be influenced by DonJuan’s opinion, which she called “nonsense.”

“I was a bit confused by the comments made by Kandi’s employee after I left; I am not sure why he had such a thorn in his side about me. He eavesdropped on our conversation, snuck out, and then waited until I left to speak his mind; which is the very definition of a coward. But I trust Kandi will not be influenced by such nonsense.”

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, after the episode aired, Kandi defended DonJuan. She wrote that DonJuan isn’t just an employee but a long-time friend who is like a family member and who has been by her side for over a decade.

Both DonJuan and Phaedra attended Kandi and Todd Tucker’s baby shower on Saturday. The Real Housewives stars get to watch the episodes prior to their airing. Neither Kandi, DonJuan, nor Phaedra has revealed whether there was any drama at the baby shower over DonJuan’s comments. Perhaps Phaedra hadn’t watched the episode by then.

In her blog, Phaedra Parks admitted that her friendship with Kandi Burruss isn’t now as close and strong as it once was. Phaedra wrote that she’s “optimistic” that they’ll come out okay.

“I think ultimately time will tell, but I am hoping we are on the right track. The two of us had a close bond. Kandi will always have a place in my heart. The past year was very difficult for me, and there were instances where our relationship was tested. Communication wasn’t always what it should have been, and I think our friendship took a bit of a beating. I am, however, optimistic that our connection is strong enough to withstand some turbulence and in the end we will be OK.”

During her Watch What Happens Live appearance after the season premiere last Sunday, Kandi said that Phaedra feels as if she’s on Apollo Nida’s side when in fact she’s not taking sides. Apollo, Phaedra’s estranged husband, is currently in prison serving time for fraud. On the Real Housewives premiere episode last week, Phaedra said that she’ll divorce Apollo.


Ever since Phaedra joined the show in the third season, she and Kandi have enjoyed a close friendship both on and off the screen. Yet that friendship started deteriorating during the filming of season 7 and got even worse as the season aired. Phaedra admitted to co-stars NeNe Leakes and Porsha Williams that Kandi hasn’t really been there for her as she goes through her drama with Apollo. In one scene with NeNe, Kandi tearfully told NeNe that she has been there for her the most, which is surprising since she thought that out of everyone, Kandi would be the one supporting her. Once Kandi was aware of what Phaedra was saying to other people, the two women had two separate conversations to talk about how they were feeling. In both conversations, Kandi explained that she was going through her own personal issues and both women agreed to communicate with one another better.

Yet as the season aired and Kandi heard what Phaedra said during her confessional interviews, after their talks, Kandi grew incensed. At The Real Housewives of Atlanta season 7 reunion show, Kandi lashed out at Phaedra for dismissing her own struggles and pointed out that she has been there for her throughout the years.

While Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks may not be as good of friends as they used to be, it’s clear that they are indeed friends again in real life. Not only did Phaedra attended Kandi’s big baby shower on Saturday, she also attended another baby shower for Kandi on Monday. The second baby shower was thrown for Kandi by her The Real Housewives of Atlanta co-stars.

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