Singer-turned-reality Tv star Kandi Burruss has maintained a close relationship with the eldest son of her late ex-boyfriend, R&B star Gerald Levert, and even refers to him as one of her kids.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta regular admits she has also stayed in touch with the children of her former fiance Ashley 'AJ' Jewell, who was killed in a bar brawl in Georgia in 2009, and they have all embraced her relationship with her current husband-to-be, Tv producer Todd Tucker.

Burruss, who has her own 10-year-old daughter, Riley, tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "They still come over. They hang with us and they know Todd.

"When I first started dating Todd, I didn't know how welcoming he would be to the fact that I am still in my exes' children's lives. Like, even Gerald's son LeMicah comes around. And I call them my kids, too. But Todd has been very supportive, very open to them and being a great friend. Of course he's not trying to be anybody's dad or anything, but he's a good friend for them. And they're like, 'Oh, Todd is cool.'"

Levert died from a fatal mix of prescription drugs in 2006, aged 40.