Mike Thompson, better known as Sugar Bear on the former TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, will reportedly not make any kind of move to seize custody of his nine-year-old daughter Alana, a.k.a Honey Boo Boo. The exception, however, will be if he truly feels that she is being put in any kind of danger regarding her mother’s rumored relationship with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel.
Sources claiming to be close to the 42-year-old recently told popular gossip website TMZ that the man’s decision to remain on the sidelines in terms of his daughter’s custody was in no way decided upon because he does not feel the situation is alarming, but rather because his life is currently not at a stage in which he could appropriately incorporate the girl into. He is said to be currently residing with a friend, having not been able to get back on his feet yet after being evicted from the family home by ex June Shannon back in September. He does not feel it would be appropriate or beneficial for his daughter’s welfare to make her live in a home not even belonging to him, and therefore he is choosing to let Shannon continue having full custody. It is not, however, a decision he is said to have made lightly and he reportedly makes a very large effort to maintain knowledge of Alana’s physical and mental state in order to keep an eye on her involvement with said child molester. Thompson visits the family’s McIntyre home on a daily basis, and converses with the girl thoroughly in order to make sure she is not suffering the same violation her eldest sister did, at just one year younger than the age Alana is now.
Thompson was interviewed just yesterday by a TMZ photographer regarding his feelings on the circumstances, and he made it clear that he was not too impressed. He did not feel that Shannon was making a wise decision to bring the man around their daughter, nor did he express any approval towards the fact that the 35-year-old was romantically involved with the man again in the first place. Shannon’s feelings for McDaniel reportedly drove a serious wedge between her and Thompson during their 9-year partnership, and was said to have a defining role in why the two eventually called it quits. Thompson became increasingly unhappy at his partner’s continued obsession with the man, and with the fact that her feelings towards him did not go away even during his 10 year incarceration period. He was extremely uncomfortable with the box of photographs and mementos Shannon kept in their house of her past relationship with McDaniel, keepsakes she refused to part with even after it had clearly become a large stressor in their marriage.
Although the original reason behind their breakup is said to have related to Shannon’s suspicion that Thompson was an active member of several online dating sites, recent reports have suggested that this was merely a story invented by the woman in order to cover up her renewed association with McDaniel. While it is believed that Thompson was indeed a brief member of popular dating site PlentyOfFish, the timeline for his online search appears to have taken place after the two had already parted ways, which they are said to have done after McDaniel’s release (upon which time Shannon is said to have been instantly at his side, and gone out of her way to help him rebuild his life.)
It remains to be seen whether Mike Thompson will change his mind regarding the custody of his nine-year-old daughter Alana. For the time being, however, the man is said to be keeping a close eye on the situation and does not yet see any need to take action.
By Rebecca Grace