Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, started off her acting career with a glow by starring in Toddlers and Tiaras. The show focused mainly on child beauty pageants which many viewers were hesitant about, but Alana’s charm and funny attitude earned her her own TV special, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
The show mainly revolved around Honey Boo Boo and her mom, ‘Mama’ June Thompson. But it’s hard to neglect the importance of her 3 other co-stars: Anna, Jessica and Lauryn Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s 3 older sisters.
Here is a look into the growth of Honey Boo Boo’s older sisters.
Jessica Shannon, who was 15 at the time when she first appeared on the show, was known for her fondness of cheese balls and also for farting on camera. But maybe even more notably, she is known as the sister that was struck by lightning when she was younger.
Breaking family tradition Jessica, also affectionately named Chubbs, is the proud recipient of a high school diploma. Since the show, she has become the first person in the family to graduate high school and she is currently enrolled in nursing school all the while enjoying her life as an undergrad.
Lauryn Mychelle Shannon, also known as Pumpkin on the show, came out as being bisexual post-show. Rocking a pink faux hawk she came out to the public and even outed Mama June about it. Saying that Mama June was also ‘gay,’ in which Mama responded by saying: ‘I said bisexual.’
In early 2016, then 16 year old Lauryn said yes to her then 19 year old mechanic boyfriend. Although the two are engaged, they don’t plan on officially tying the knot until Lauryn turns 18.
Oldest daughter, Anna Shannon, appeared on the show as a then 17-year-old girl who was pregnant with her first daughter, Kaitlyn. Anna admits that the show, as well as having her first daughter, put a strain on her and her sister’s relationships.
Before the show started airing, Anna was living out of the house with her grandmother. But it is reported that Mama June bribed her back to the house, for the benefit of the show, with promises of a brand new home for Anna and her then boyfriend.
But things started to spiral when rumors and reports came out that Mama June, who had then been separated from Mike Thompson also known as Sugar Bear, had sparked a relationship with ex-boyfriend and registered sex offender, Mark McDaniel.
This led to the cancelling of the show and what’s even worse is that Mark McDaniel used to abuse Anna when she was 8 years old for a period of 6 months. Anna said she was ‘hurt’ that Mama would ‘let him come around.’
Mama June said that her and McDaniel never got back together and that she had merely brought Lauryn and Alana along to show Lauryn that McDaniel wasn’t her biological father.
Things only got worse when Anna accused her mother on live television of stealing from her bank and trust accounts. She claims that Mama June used this money to get McDaniel a car.
Later on, Anna sued her mother for a sum of $300,000 saying that she was owed $200,000 from the earnings of the show and $100,000 for the appearances of Kaitlyn, Anna’s first daughter. The case has yet to be completed.
Anna later separated with the father of Kaitlyn and said yes to her boyfriend, Michael Cartwell. The two soon had their first child together, Kylie.