June Shannon, matriarch of the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family, has separated from her long-term partner Sugar Bear (real name Mike Thompson). The reality television star recently gave a statement to popular gossip website TMZ in which she confirmed the split.
In the statement, the 35-year-old explained that she and Thompson had chosen to take some time apart in order to examine their relationship and figure out which step to take next. She went on to thank the show’s fans for their continued love and support in her time of need. Although she did not give an exact reason for the split, sources close to the situation say that Shannon was convinced Thompson was cheating on her by way of multiple dating websites, the most significant being PlentyOfFish. Thompson allegedly created a profile in which he requested companionship for a long-term relationship, and had his location listed in the family’s hometown of McIntyre, Georgia.
There has not yet been any confirmation that the profile, which has since been removed from the website, was indeed that of Shannon’s partner. The two met in a similar fashion through an online dating website 9 years ago, and just last year engaged in a commitment ceremony. They have one child together, Alana Thompson, also known as Honey Boo Boo, whom the show centers around.
Mama June has certainly faced her fair share of hardship when it comes to her love life. If the two do decide to remain separated, it will be her fourth split from a partner since she began having children. Indeed, Shannon’s relationship with each of her daughter’s fathers failed to pan out, a fact that was reportedly a big factor in why the Georgia native was hesitant to commit to the aforementioned ceremony in the first place, after refusing to engage in a full marital ceremony upon her now ex-partner’s proposal.
None of her daughters, other than her youngest, whom she shares with Thompson, reportedly have any contact with their birth father. Two of these men, the fathers of eldest daughter Anna and second oldest Jessica, have been in and out of jail multiple times in the past. Anna’s father has been booked for stealing a handgun and a carton of cigarettes, while Jessica’s father was charged with exploitation of a minor over the internet.
Middle daughter Lauryn reportedly has no knowledge of who her birth father is, as she was essentially raised by Thompson following the start of his relationship with Mama June. Shannon, herself, has had some altercations with the law, as she was not only arrested for theft and contempt of court in 2008, but was also accused of child abuse following video footage of Alana Thompson drinking a mixture of Redbull and Mountain Dew alerted the attention of authorities.
In terms of how the split will affect the final season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, sources say that Shannon is planning on waiting until it wraps up before finalizing any potential move, which she is said to be contemplating should the two remain separated. She has given the statement that her primary focus at the current time is on her children, and that she will weigh all options that suit them best before making any decisions.
If Mama June does decide to move, she is said to be considering the idea taking the children and moving closer to relatives. Producers are reportedly scrambling in an attempt to figure out what direction to take the final season of the show, and whether or not to work in the split or pretend that the relationship is still intact in order to save face for ratings.
It remains to be seen whether or not June Shannon’s separation from long-time partner Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson will remain permanent. However, she has made it clear that the two will remain apart for the time being in order to better assess the future of their relationship.
by Rebecca Grace