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Kandi Burruss

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Kandi Burruss attends a celebration of woman for Abrams at The Gathering Spot on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)

Recently, there have been rumors that Kandi Burruss is pregnant. The flame of that fire was fanned when the trailer for Season 11 of Real Housewives of Atlanta came out, and in it, she was talking about trying to have another baby. But despite all of that, and the fact that so many in her circle are expecting or recently have given birth (including Eva Marcille, Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams), Burruss says she is not pregnant.

“We’re definitely trying to figure out ways to grow our family,” she told ESSENCE. “I know a lot of people thought that meant that I was pregnant. But I’m not pregnant. Let’s be clear. I saw that floating around the internet.”

The star, who is 42, revealed in that chat that so far, despite she and Todd Tucker’s best efforts, they haven’t conceived just yet, and it will be a reality that she will share on the upcoming season.

“Unfortunately, it’s not happening,” she said. “So obviously we’re just going to be talking about what that means for our family.”

“You know how we all just think it’s easy? You’re going to get pregnant whenever you feel like it?” she added. “For years and years, I was on birth control [and I] didn’t even know that I didn’t need it any more.”

But this isn’t the first time Burruss has been open about her struggles with fertility. Back in 2015 she did IVF to get pregnant with her second child, son Ace. But before she took that step, she had surgery to remove a fibroid that was hindering her chances.

“We realized I had a fibroid—a big one—inside the cavity of the uterus where your baby would implant,” she told us at the time. After having the surgery and not wanting to waste any time at 39, she underwent IVF and got pregnant a few months later.

“Luckily for us, it was a blessing, and we actually had success with the first IVF treatment,” she said. “It takes a couple of months for you to go through the whole process of injections, retrieving the eggs and all of that stuff, then allowing them to put them back in and praying that they take. One of our eggs took.”

Back to present day, now that she’s back in a position where she’s trying to figure out what her next move will be in her hopes to have another child, Burruss is maintaining a positive outlook and lots of faith.

“It’s about being patient and knowing what’s for you is for you, and pray about it, and look at all your options and whatever you can try to make happen, make it happen if you can,” she said to ESSENCE. “Don’t feel like you’re any less of a woman.”

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