Mama June’s drug­gie demise

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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo launched June Shannon, aka Mama June, and her fam­ily to star­dom. But her rise to fame was fol­lowed by a ma­jor fall from grace – and now, the re­al­ity star has hit rock bot­tom!

The 39-year-old was ar­rested on March 13 af­ter al­legedly be­ing threat­ened by her boyfriend-of-three-years Eu­gene “Geno” Doak at a petrol sta­tion in Alabama.

Cops re­port­edly dis­cov­ered crack co­caine, a nee­dle and pipe, as well as $1,800 in June’s bra. The pair were then taken to jail and charged with drug pos­ses­sion and un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia. At press time, the mum-of-four was fac­ing

one year be­hind bars, while Geno was also charged with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence for al­legedly threat­en­ing to kill June.

But the in­ci­dent is just the lat­est in a long line of dra­mas that have rocked Mama June and her fam­ily…

Rise to star­dom

The Shan­nons got their start in tele­vi­sion on Tod­dlers & Tiaras in 2012, when Mama June’s youngest daugh­ter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” was just six years old. Mama June and Honey Boo Boo soon got their own show, which fea­tured sib­lings Anna “Chick­adee”, Jes­sica “Chubbs” and Lau­ryn “Pump­kin”, as well as Honey Boo Boo’s fa­ther Mike Thomp­son, bet­ter known as “Sugar Bear”.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was an in­stant hit, but it only led to more prob­lems for the fam­ily. June came un­der fire for giv­ing Boo Boo “go-go juice”, a mix­ture of Red Bull and Moun­tain Dew, for her pageants. But this ended up be­ing mi­nor com­pared to the other scan­dals soon to come...

Not so sweet!

June and Sugar Bear’s re­la­tion­ship went down­hill af­ter they ap­peared on Mar­riage Boot Camp: Re­al­ity Stars, where he ad­mit­ted to cheat­ing on her and hook­ing up with other men. There was also doubt that he was re­ally Alana’s dad and a se­cret DNA test was car­ried out – which came back in­con­clu­sive. June ac­cused him of abuse as well. “There was just so much emo­tional and phys­i­cal abuse,” she al­leged in 2017. “I just choose not to put my kids through that.” The real is­sues be­gan, how­ever, when Mama June re­booted her ro­mance with ex Mark Mcdaniel, a reg­is­tered sex of­fender.

Mark was charged with ag­gra­vated child mo­lesta­tion in 2003 and pleaded guilty, re­sult­ing in a 10-year prison sen­tence. But that isn’t the most shock­ing part! The vic­tim was June’s el­dest daugh­ter, Chick­adee – who ac­cused her mum of not be­liev­ing her when she told her of the abuse when she was just eight-years-old.

“A week or so af­ter it hap­pened, I talked to Mama and she was up­set, cry­ing and say­ing, ‘I don’t be­lieve you, I don’t be­lieve you, why would you do this to me?’” Anna, now 24, shared.

While June at­tempted to deny she was dat­ing Mark, pho­tos of the pair to­gether were re­leased and the show got can­celled. “It’s not like I’m see­ing him ev­ery day,” she later said in an in­ter­view, claim­ing she was only in touch with


him to get clo­sure for Anna.

Bad taste

To say Mama June has ques­tion­able taste in men is an un­der­state­ment, as another ex Michael An­thony Ford – the dad of daugh­ters Pump­kin and Chubbs – is also a con­victed sex of­fender who was be­hind bars for two years for the sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a child and is on the sex of­fender registry. He was caught on the show To Catch A Preda­tor.

Her cur­rent boyfriend, Geno, has also found him­self in hot wa­ter with the law. His rap sheet in­cludes bur­glary and theft charges, as well as crim­i­nal dam­age to prop­erty, and he has spent time in jail be­fore. “He re­stored our faith when we thought there were no good men left out there,” June has said of Geno. Yikes!

Ul­te­rior mo­tive?

Mama June at­tempted a come­back with her show From Not t To Hot. It showed her 136kg weight loss oss from gas­tric sleeve surgery, di­et­ing and ex­er­cise, as well as a $106,000 cos­metic surgery makeover.

Now, it’s be­ing ng spec­u­lated that t the dis­graced star’s s re­turn to re­al­ity TV was as re­ally just dam­age con­trol ntrol to main­tain her time me in the spot­light. “She’s s try­ing to get peo­ple to o feel sorry for her,” one fan n scolded. “You’re not fool­ing ling us!”

With scan­dal still fol­low­ing the fallen allen star around, it looks like it’s go­ing to o take a lot more than n another re­al­ity show to over­haul her pub­lic p im­age! g ge! n

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