Singer/songwriter and now ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Kandi Burruss has come forward to defend her fiance after hearing rumors that implied he was a deadbeat dad and drug dealer ! Burruss, known widely as an ASCAP award winning songwriter and former member of R&B group Xscape, says “Heâs not a deadbeat dad. His kids come over to our house and hang out all the time.” Burruss, who according to Sister2Sister Magazine, beat out Angie Stone and New Edition singer Ralph Tresvant’s ex-wife for a spot on the second season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” became the subject of several well circulated emails at popular blogs such as SandraRose and TheYBF (The Young, Black and Fabulous) after it was revealed that she would replace Deshawn Snow. Sources claiming to be close to acquaintances of A.J. Jewell, Kandi’s fiance, went as far as calling the alleged Atlanta based father of six, who has some type of “involvement in the music business,” a deadbeat dad and a drug dealer who uses “fake pay stubs” to avoid paying child support. According to Kandi everything has been on the “up and up” since they’ve been together and she doesn’t “know whatever went on in his past”. In fact, Kandi says his baby mothers are respectful and “they never seem to have a problem”. In other news, Kandi Burruss may be considering a return to the stage as a solo artist. When speaking with Singersroom late last year, Kandi mentioned plans to record a new solo album for release sometime this year: “Itâs funny because for a while I was like âoh Iâm not going to sing Iâm just going to keep writingâ and the truth is I really miss being on stage.” “Iâm definitely going to put something out, hopefully sometime next year.” Kandi will not be the first “housewife” with a mic, controversial ‘housewife’ Kim rocked the mic on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” last fall. For more on Kandi’s chat-session with Sister 2 Sister visit s2smagazine.com.