Family dynamics can be tricky, especially if you’re famous. It’s a truth well known to the Thompson/Shannon family, better known as Honey Boo Boo’s family. But let’s keep it at that. Alana Thompson and her family came to the reality scene years ago after Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is Alana Thompson, appeared on TLC’s Toddlers in Tiaras. Fans loved the antics of the Shannon family so much that TLC gave them their own spin-off, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo followed the family through their daily lives in their small town in rural Georgia. In addition to Honey Boo Boo, the show also introduced the world to her three older sisters, her mother, June “Mama June” Shannon, and her father, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.
Blame the fame, or blame whatever you want, but soon Mama June and Sugar Bear split up, and that’s when things get really messy. So messy, in fact, that Alana Thompson no longer lives with Mama June and is raised instead by her older sister Lauryn Shannon. Pumpkin confirmed that in an Instagram post from 2021. “She’s still with me,” Lauryn Shannon responded to an inquiring fan. Read on to find out why Alana Thompson doesn’t see much more of Mama June.
Mama June: From Not to Hot: Alana Thompson Doesn’t Feel Safe With Mama June Shannon
As we said, things started to get worse after the Shannon family landed their own reality show at TLC. Well, Mama June and Sugar Bear broke up, and then Mama June was spotted with an ex, a registered sex offender, and the show was quickly canceled.
What followed was an absolute low for the family. Mama June started using drugs and alienated herself from her children, which led them to organize an intervention for her in 2019, by People.
Incredibly, the whole thing was filmed in front of the camera because the family had another chance at stardom with the show Mama June: From Not To Hot.
“I would love to come home and stay with you, tell you about my day, but I can’t do that because I’m scared,” Honey Boo Boo said to her mother at the intervention, per People. “I’m afraid to stay home with you.” Days later, Mama June was arrested for possession of controlled substances, including crack cocaine and a crack pipe, the exhaust was reported. Due to continuing problems with the COVID-19 pandemic, Mama June is still on trial, by The Blast. She has entered a plea of “not guilty,” per People.