There is no better feeling better than undergoing a dramatic and positive transformation in life. Whether it’s sticking to your New Year’s resolution to finally quit smoking, or, as was the case for Mama June in early 2017, losing a whopping 300lbs.
Now down to a size four (US), the mom-of-three has revealed that she’s officially off the market. Eat your heart out boys! The 38-year-old rose to fame after starring in Toddlers in Tiaras with her youngest daughter, 12-year-old Alana, who’s better known as Honey Boo Boo. They were then given their own show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which documented their lives in McIntyre, Georgia. However, when it emerged that Mama June was dating a registered sex offender, Mark McDaniel, the show was abruptly canceled. Mama June’s oldest daughter Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell had accused Mark of molesting her when she was just eight years old. Check out the video below to see Mama June discussing her relationship with McDaniel and the reports that he molested her daughter. In it, she tries to explain why she let him back into her life:
But it looks like she’s put her controversial past behind her. Speaking about her new beau with People magazine, Mama June said, “He restored our faith when we thought there were no good men left out there.” After her dramatic weight loss, Mama June made it clear that she was ready to move on after her failed on-and-off marriage to Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, who is Honey Boo Boo’s father, which ended for good in 2016.
“It’s just been me and the girls for so long, and we’ve been through a lot,” Mama June told People. “It’s hard to be able to trust somebody, and it was a lot of walls that he had to break down with me and the girls, honestly.”
But Mama June is remaining tight-lipped about her lover’s identity until her WE docu-series Mama June: From Not to Hot airs this month. The show will follow Mama June’s impressive physical transformation – which was achieved through lifestyle changes and a number of surgeries – as well as her attempt to star in a beauty pageant herself. Well, they do say that if you’ve got it, flaunt it! According to Mama June, the secret behind her new figure is sleeping in until 1 pm and missing breakfast. “This sounds bad but I’m more of a snacker,” she said.
“It’s all about portion control for me. It’s not easy to eat like you’re ‘supposed to’ and hit the gym all the time, but I’m just trying to maintain it the best I can.”
Despite being a famous face, Mama June has claimed that her new man had no idea who she was when they first met “but his kids did.” “That’s what I like about it,” the 38-year-old said. “We grew up in the same town but didn’t know one another. He doesn’t care about me being famous or anything about it. He’s having fun with it.”
Until now, Mama June has been particularly unlucky in love. Her ex-husband Sugarbear was reportedly abusive to her and her children. He denied these allegations but admitted to cheating on the mom-of-three with both women AND men. “He’s my rock and my best friend,” Mama June said of her new boyfriend. Shockingly, McDaniel isn’t the only sex offender Mama June has dated. In 2014, it also emerged that Honey Boo Boo’s older sister Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon’s father, Michael Anthony Ford, was also jailed for sexually exploiting a child over the internet in 2005. Ford was busted for his predatory behavior on an episode of NBC’s To Catch a Predator in 2005. We can only live in the hope that Mama June’s new man doesn’t have something to hide.