On August 8, 2012, an American reality TV series premiered on TLC. This reality TV series was centered around a child beauty pageant popularly known as Honey boo-boo’s family. It is ironical that the name of the show was coined from her debut in Toddlers and Tiaras.
However, things didn’t go as planned because the general public misinterpreted the idea. This resulted in the general public calling her the “Honey Boo-Boo child”. This show featured the adventures of her family in a town in Georgia called McIntyre.
Everyone looked forward to the next episode of this TV series in anticipation of what their favorite character will do next. A scene that stole the hearts of the viewers was when she drank a go-go juice right before the competition began. Her mom had made this concoction juice from Red Bull and Mountain Dew to get her set for the competition.
Here are a few things to know about Honey Boo-Boo.
Before Stardom: Part 1
On the 28th of August, 2005, in a town in Georgia called McIntyre in the USA, the family of Mike Thompson welcomed a new addition. June Shannon had given birth to a girl that will become a TV star and named her Alana Frances Thompson. Such a cute little girl with an incredible smile. She has 3 sisters named Lauryn Thompson, Anna Thompson, and Jessica Thompson.
She was the youngest among 3 siblings, needless to say, that she was surrounded by females while growing up. This family had several memories and adventures in a rural area in Georgia. Her parents came from White descents. Her mother was born to Sandra Hundley and Marvin Shannon before they got divorced while she was 2 years old.
Alana was given birth to and raised by a blind mother who went blind due to untreated cataracts. Anna Thompson is her eldest sister and she was born on the 28th of August, 1994. Her mother had given birth to Anna just days after she had turned 15. Jessica Thompson who is Alana’s 2nd sister was born 12 October 1996.
Before Stardom: Part 2
Just 2 years after Anna was born. Lauryn, her thoughts sister was born 7 January 2000. Alana’s siblings were brought up believing that their father Mark McDaniel had sexually abused Anna. She was born into a Christian home where she was loved, catered for, and nurtured.
Hence, she is a Christian by religion. Before she rose to stardom, Alana wanted to be a pageant queen. It was something she had been preparing for before the spotlight came on her. She didn’t attend any public school although she began an early pursuit of her education through home-schooling.
Her highest education qualification is high school. Alana was a 6 years’ old in her prime of being a sassy beauty queen before the spotlight came calling.
Life During Stardom: Toddlers and Tiaras Part 1
Alana deserves the credit for her family’s stardom before anyone knew the name Mama June in the year 2012. It was around this period Alana also known as Honey Boo Boo and her mum June Shannon made their first appearance to TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras. They made their debut appearance on this TV show while Alana was 6 years old.
It was before she became a popular star of the American’s TV series. Toddlers and Tiaras centered around cute and little child pageant’s and their parents. It was in this show that Alana showed what she is made up of.
An upcoming blunt and sassy star. She caught the attention of everyone with her famous mantras like “A dollar makes me Holla” and “redneckognize”. She was the next TLC’s breakout star. Her confidence was amazing for six years old. She was the cherry on the cake.
Life During Stardom: Toddlers and Tiaras Part 2
The rising shiny bright star. The role that June Shannon played in the rising of her little girl cannot be underestimated. She was Alana’s cheerleader in the audience as she helped motivate her star through other pageants.
A character that is somewhat similar to the cool mum role Amy Poehler played in the movie “Mean Girls”. June Shannon insinuated when speaking about Alana that she(Alana) knows when to make the right moves to capture the attention of the judges. That Alana is very much aware when to show off her tummy and rub them off for the judges to see.
Alana’s mum was known then by the nickname “Coupon Queen”. She revealed that behind the scene, Alana was given a special juice that served as an energy drink. This made Pixie Sticks become a trend as at the time. She claimed that she wasn’t doping her littler girl but was simply using what will help her go through the pageant.
Life During Stardom: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Part 1
After her impressive run as a Toddlers and Tiaras’ star, TLC decided to give Alana her own show. She became so famous as a Toddlers and Tiaras’ star that is hosting her own show was a reasonable step. It was the next big step in her career.
Alana Frances Thompson is not the only TLC’s star to be given her own show. This show revolved around the lives of Alana and her family. Alana, her mother June Shannon, her mother’s Ex Mike Thompson, and her three sisters all starred in this show. On the first show, the camera focused on the lives of this family outside the world of a beauty pageant.
She stopped competing on Toddlers and Tiaras in 2014 when she was featured on Oprah Winfrey Network. In this episode, Alana showed off her trophies, crowns sashes and medals. All the good stuff that she had won as a beauty queen on Toddlers and Tiaras.
Life During Stardom: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Part 2
Alana claimed that she was both sad and happy to stop the show and move to the next phase of her career. Alana said that inventing the word sa-happy. She held up one of her sashes as she insinuated that it was her favorite for photos.
She said that the sash, in particular, is photogenic. The first season of her TV reality series aired on the 8th of August to 26th October, 2012. At the end of the first season, Anna Thompson (her sister) gave birth to her first daughter Kaitlyn Cardwell.
This made Alana an aunt to a very beautiful girl. The second season focused on the wedding preparations and commitment between June Shannon and Mike Thompson. Its season commenced on the 17th of July, 2013 and was concluded on the 11th of September, 2013. The third season was aired between 16th January 2014 and ended 14th March 2014.
Life During Stardom: From Not to Hot Part 1
TLC canceled the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo show on the 24th October 2014 after an allegation arose. The drama gave birth to another TV reality show known as Mama June: From Not to Hot. It featured Alana Thompson moving to her sister Lauryn Shannon’s house.
Lauryn was popularly called “Pumpkin” by the public. Pumpkin had made attempts to be given custody of her youngest sister. They both were excited to have Alana move into her house as they discussed the possibility of her attending a school.
They both came to the conclusion that upgrading her education status is vital for her next phase in life. Everyone at this point already knew that Alana has been home-schooled. However, Pumpkin officially told the public that her sister will resume being a freshman at a new school.
Life During Stardom: From Not to Hot Part 2
In the process of this show, June Shannon got arrested for drugs possession. Fans around the world got concerned about this as some were not sure if this was another staged drama or reality. All the signs pointed to the fact that Alana was fed up of staying with her mother. However, she was just a kid that has little or no say in the matter.
June and Geno were seen by the public as a very poor parenting figure for Alana. June was seen severally looking extremely wasted on drugs. On one episode, Alana’s mum fell and her teeth began to fall out. This became extremely overwhelming for Alana and it prompted her to move to her sister Pumpkin’s house.
Alana was broken and sad to the point that she cried severally seeing the pathetic state of her mom. She told her mom that the fact that she is staying with her sister is not by choice. It was obvious that Alana had always desired to attend a real school.
Life After Stardom Part 1
After admitting that she is happy to be off stardom on Oprah Winfrey show, Alana kept tabs with her fans regularly. She did this by posting her photos and videos on her Facebook page which has over a million followers. She also did a good job of maintaining her Instagram account by upload contents regularly to keep engaging her followers.
After stardom, the President of Vivid Entertainment offered to give Alana’s mom, June Shannon and her Ex Mike Thompson $1 million. This was on the condition that they both featured in a pornographic movie. June turned down this opportunity because of how high she respects her family and herself.
She claimed that she would not take the offer even if a zillion dollars were the offer on the table. One of the episodes of The Doctors in February 2015 featured June Shannon and her daughter Alana. It was so obvious that Alana has gained additional weight. At that point, she weighed up to 57Kg (125 lbs).
Life After Stardom Part 2
In the same year, Pumpkin and Alana collaborated with Adam Barta who is a songwriter and singer. They released a song titled “Movin’ Up” which had its fair share of criticisms and reviews.
Both June Shannon and Mike Thompson who is popularly called Sugar Bear featured in the music video. The video trended online with millions of viewers watching and interacting with it. This prompted Adam Barta to begin a viral theme called “honey boo boo bop”.
Following the music video, both Sugar Bear and Mama June made a return to reality TV Series. They became featured participants of the popular TV series known as Marriage Boot Camp. They were part of the reality stars 4 of this TV show. In this reality show, Sugar Bear decided to open up to June by confessing his cheatings.
Current Life Part 1
Alana Frances Thompson, also known as Honey boo boo is usually active on her social media accounts. She tries to post updates consistently about her life on her Instagram handle. She asked her followers to show her manager Gina Rodriguez some love.
Alana told her fans that her niece is the greatest blessing in her life after posting her picture online. She is excited to be a partner with Fab Fit Fun. She indicated that her love for the body scrub that they love to which of her followers advised others not to purchase the product.
The follower stated that the reason why she sounds like she loves the body scrub is that it is a paid advert. Alana has not stopped being a lively person as a lot of her images shows her excited and happy. Most of her images featured her tonguing out to which one of her fans claimed that they were not attractive.
She gave a shout out to her hairstylist for making her a beautiful blonde hair. Around July 2019, Alana was spotted having a wonderful time with her family.
Current Life Part 2
She created a new Facebook account and asked her followers to like the new page. She claimed that she is more active on the new Facebook page than the former. Also, she asked her followers to do this to be able to catch up with her recent activities shortly before she congratulated her mother. She reiterated how proud she is about her mum and urged her followers to sign up.
In October 2018, Alana made her way into the famous TV show called Dancing with the Stars. She was however eliminated in her foxtrot in the fifth round when she danced to the classic Beauty and the Beast. Some critics urged her to return to showbiz after her stunning performance on the TV show.
Controversies About Honey Boo Boo’s Family Part 1
It was discovered that June Shannon had been giving her daughter Alana Thompson a concoction go-go juice. She would often give her this juice to get her through the beauty pageant. The juice which contained a mixture of Reb Bull and Mountain Dew was given to Alana before the show.
She was just 6 years old. This mixture contained an unusually high level of Caffeine, calories, and sugar. Some experts claimed that the caffeine level of a cup of Alana’s go-go juice was equivalent to 2 cups of coffee.
This was a thing of concern as children under the age of 12 were obligated by the American Academy of Paediatrics not to consume any caffeine. The decision of June Shannon to go ahead with this didn’t go well with a lot of viewers, especially parents. Some critics claimed that Alana’s drink gave her an unfair advantage to her fellow contestants.
Controversies About Honey Boo Boo’s Family Part 2
When confronted about this, June Shannon simply defended herself. She claimed that she could have opted for stronger measures like Alcohol. She said that she had explored Pixy Stix which was at the time popularly called “pageant crack”.
This was the way people in the pageant community viewed Pixy Stix. In the middle of a TV show, a rumor surfaced, claiming that June had revived her relationship with her Ex Mike. Mike had been convicted as a sex offender and Anna also claimed that he sexually abused her.
June, however, did not believe Anna’s claim. June and Geno were arrested on March 13, 2019, by the police for possession of drugs in Alabama at a gas station. Geno faced an extra charge for domestic violence while both were charged for drugs paraphernalia. It was rumored that June was in possession of crack cocaine and that hypodermic needles and crack pipe were in her possession.
FAQs About Honey Boo Boo
Here are a few frequently asked questions about Honey Boo Boo:
- Is Mama June Pregnant Again?
- June Shannon responded by saying that she definitely had added a few pounds. 219 pounds to be precise. Nothing was hidden thereby giving viewers more reasons to suspect that she is pregnant. She said that her menstrual cycle is a bit late and that something might be going on with her body. She made things a bit more complicated when she called her sister to tell her that she thinks she is pregnant.
- What is Alana Thompson’s net worth?
- According to Celebrity Net Worth, Alana Thompson popularly known as Honey Boo Boo has a net worth of $800,000.
- What is Honey Boo Boo’s real name?
- Although she is popularly referred to as Honey Boo Boo, her real name is Alana Frances Thompson.
- What is Honey Boo Boo’s Instagram Id?
- You can either search for her full name which is Alana Thompson or simply enter @honeybooboo on the Instagram search bar to see her page.
- How old is Alana Thompson and when is her birthday?
- Honey Boo Boo is currently 14 years old and she celebrates her birthday on the 28th of August every year.