In a recent interview with People Magazine, Kandi Burruss says the “unplanned” reunion with Xscape has become “very Irritating and stressful” as it’s usually three against one, with Kandi on the outside.
“It’s always drama,” admits Burruss, who won’t be recording new music with the rest of the R&B group. “We all think differently when it comes to handling business, or at least, the three of them think differently than me. It’s always them three against me, and I feel like I’m always made to be the villain. It’s really irritating and stressful.”
The “unplanned” reunion came about after Kandi got word that a network was trying to produce an Xscape biopic without the group’s permission:
“What happened was a network was going to do an unauthorized movie about us, and of course I’m not going to let somebody just take my legacy. So I called my group members and we were all able to have a conversation to start trying to get our story told the right way”.
But the group couldn’t reunite without addressing the decade-old elephant in the room. After the group originally disbanded, Xscape member Tamika Scott stated in the interview that the group broke up due to Kandi sleeping with their music producer Jermaine Dupri and his music-executive father, Michael Mauldin:
“I was like, I need a public apology. She’s going to have to say to the world that the stuff that she said about me was a lie. And so in doing that — we did it on the radio — and the radio disc jockey, he’s like, ‘Oh, Xscape is back!’ I was like, ‘Xscape is not back!’ All of a sudden we started getting all these offers to perform and do shows, so I just went with the flow for the moment”.
Kandi was surprised by the reaction of the fans once she got on board with a reunion, saying:
“The first three shows we did in the summer were all sold out, and now we’re about to go on tour and the tickets are selling like crazy. I didn’t even realize how much people did love us as a group, which is a great thing. If nothing else, I am enjoying this time because of the fans.”