Reality TV is something that has kept many of us hooked over the years. From shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians to The Bachelor and everything in between, it seems as though there’s no end to the number of reality shows that have hit our screens. So what about one that lets viewers take a behind the scenes look at the like of pageant contestants? That’s right; we’re talking about Toddlers & Tiaras.
While the show has seen many contestants come and go over the years, there was one who stood out more than others: Honey Boo Boo. It wasn’t long before the world wanted to learn all about her life away from the show. Thankfully, we have been greeted with many spin-offs ever since. However, as the rest of her family have continued to grow in fame, it appears as though one needed a little help. It was time for Mama June’s intervention.
Reality television shows have given us a look into many people’s lives over the years. However, it wasn’t long before it seemed as though one family was about to take over the genre. The Shannon-Thompson family took over the nation.
Alana, also known as Honey Boo Boo, and the rest of her family appeared to be some of the most talked about people on the planet as everyone wanted to keep up with all aspects of their lives. Although many were intrigued by the child star of it all, others began to wonder what the rest of Alana’s family got up to.
Their own show
The family first appeared on our screens back in 2011 as Honey Boo Boo was on the reality TV show Toddlers & Tiaras. The series follows the lives of young pageant contestants as they prepare for their contests before taking to the stage in the hopes of bagging themselves the supreme champion crown. It wasn’t long after she graced our screens that Alana stole the show.
Thankfully, her time on the series eventually landed Alana and her family their own show titled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Now, we got to see what the rest of the family got up to, including Alana’s sisters and her mom, Mama June. We got to see everything from their favorite meals to their family bond and everything in between. However, the show was also about to document the beginning of the fall for one star.
Sadly, the show was suddenly canceled after a handful of rocky relationships between June and some of her partners. It seemed as though these romances were enough to tear many members of the family apart as well as cost them their series. However, Mama June wanted to put things right and focus all of her time on her family. The matriarch of the family says that her children and grandchildren have always been the most important people in her life.
June just needed a reminder. Thankfully, the family eventually moved to a new area, meaning they had the perfect excuse to start their lives all over again. Mama June soon had a brilliant idea. She knew that she needed to change, but now June wanted to prove to the rest of the world that she would do anything to make it happen. It would just take a little work.
Changing their lives
Although the show had come to an end for the family, it didn’t mean this was the end that the world would get to see of the Shannon-Thompson family. In fact, it was just the beginning for many as they were soon invited onto the talk show The Doctors. Mama June and Alana were invited on as guests after many fans were worried about Alana’s health. Many claimed that she was overweight and that June needed to take control of her diet.
It was time for the entire family to change. It turned out that Mama June was now tipping the scales at 460 pounds meaning that she would need to make some significant changes if she was going to save her life. Her weight loss was about to see June land her own show as they followed her journey through a sleeve gastrectomy. The family was back.
Causing a scene
The show was tiled Mama June: From Not to Hot and debuted back in February 2017. Now, Mama June was the star of the show as everyone wanted to see if she could drop the pounds she needed. It was a tough journey, but one that June was determined to endure. She ended up hiring a personal trainer to help make sure that she stuck to her goals. Could it all be worth it?
Thankfully, all of June’s hard work paid off as she soon unveiled that she had dropped a whopping 300 pounds throughout the first season. Life was finally back on track. However, that wasn’t the end. The second season of the show saw Mama June welcome a new man into her life, and now, he was about to become the talk of the family. Geno walked onto the scene where he was about to change everyone’s lives.
By her side
Sadly, June had been through a number of relationships that have caused her to be in and out of the headlines over the years. Finally, she felt as though she could be happy. Mama June said that Geno was always there for her – even through the thick and thin.
June felt as though she hadn’t been this happy in years, but now she had someone by her side who would buy gifts whenever she was sad. To top it off, Mama June believed she would one day walk down the aisle with Geno.
Digging up the past
Although Mama June felt as though she had the man of her dreams by her side, things were all about to come crashing down as The Daily Mail dug up a lot of Geno’s history. It turned out that he had a lengthy criminal record.
Some of Geno’s conviction included charges of criminal damage, theft, and burglary that had seen him be in and out of jail. It looked as though bringing Geno into the home was about to add extra trouble to the family’s lives.
A long list of issues
It wasn’t long before Mama June forgot all about the changes she had made to her life as she stopped taking care of herself as much as she had before. Not only did June start to gain weight once again, but she also had many other health issues.
Mama June soon started to lose vision in one of her eyes, meaning she needed rapid medical treatment. To top it off, her arms and legs began to swell and turn red. Her daughters were worried about what could be happening to their mom.
Calling for help
Things went from bad to worse when the family were forced to call for an ambulance. It was June. Things weren’t looking good, and they needed to get medical help before it was too late. Thankfully, the paramedics were soon on the scene.
However, they had no way to tell if Mama June was having a host of seizures or mini-strokes. They needed to get her to the hospital to find out the cause of the problems, but there was something, or someone, standing in their way.
Refusing medical treatment
Geno was soon on the scene, but he wasn’t there to support this partner. It turned out that he believed Mama June was faking her health issues to try and get sympathy from the rest of her family. Would she really go that far?
As if that wasn’t enough, Geno refused to go to the hospital with June but did confess that he would attend her funeral if she passed away. Mama June wasn’t going anywhere without her partner by her side. No Geno, no hospital.
Creating a plan
Refusing treatment was the final straw for many members of June’s family. Everyone was now worried about their relatives, and they had to work hard to force June to head to the hospital to get the help that she needed.
The medical team wanted June to stay at the hospital for a few days before they would give her the all clear to return home. Her sister, DoDo, arrived to pick June up. However, her time in the hospital had given Mama June’s family the time they needed to craft a plan.
Looking for backup
Enough was enough, and the family arranged an intervention. June’s daughters, Pumpkin and Alana, were some of the many there to try and talk some sense into their mom. However, the sisters knew they needed help.
They hired Dr. Ish to advise them on how to hold an intervention. Ish confessed that interventions usually get messy and can end in disaster. However, Pumpkin and Alana needed to stay strong and explain their feelings if they stood a chance of getting June to help.
Not listening to reason
June walked through the door, but she immediately knew that something was up and didn’t want to hear anything they had to say. Mama June refused to sit down as she was only focused on getting out of the house and away from her family.
She believed that everyone was now ganging up on her and Geno. June was finally happy. Why couldn’t everyone else let her be in her relationship? She wanted everyone to know there was no way that she was leaving her man.
Voicing her concerns
It appeared as though plenty of aspects of the family had changed since Geno walked onto the scene. Now, Alana had moved in with her older sister, Pumpkin, as she confessed that she was too scared to continue living with her mom.
Alana didn’t want to leave. In fact, she was no desperate to come home. Alana hoped that sharing her true feelings with her mom would be enough to make her see sense, but Mama June ended up storming out of the house instead.
Plenty of backup
Although June marched out of the house, she was soon confronted by yet more people who had gathered to try and help her get some help.Dr. Ish and many of the producers were all waiting outside the door to try and convince her to stay.
Ish explained that he wanted June to listen to her daughters. However, Mama June was having none of it and threatened to call the police. She felt as though she couldn’t leave and was now being held at the house against her will.
Stop and listen
All the team wanted Mama June to do was head back inside and listen to the rest of her family. She just needed to hear them out. Alana was getting more upset with each minute that passed as she was watching her life unravel in front of her eyes.
One of the many pulls of Mama June was how she always cared for her family, yet now she appeared to be letting a man come between her relationship with her children. The team would have to work hard if they were going to get June to listen.
Too much pressure
Like many of us, June feels as though she has stress from many aspects of her life. Ish explained how June’s life is unlike many people’s because not only does she have the pressure of her weight loss and family, but June is also battling the stress of being on TV.
Now, the mom needs to try and find a way to cope with it all before it becomes too much. Although June has tried to deal with all the pressure, the mom now has no idea how to get her life back on track once and for all.
It appears as though June has been looking for help for many weeks. Pumpkin soon confessed that her mom admitted to feeling delusional and paranoid a lot of the time. Plus, June feels like she will have a breakdown if she doesn’t find help.
That wasn’t all. Being so close to her mom meant that Pumpkin had a lot of theories of her own. She believes that a lot of her mom’s stress stems from her relationship with Geno and how they are with one another.
Desperate for change
It wasn’t just the rest of her family who had noticed a change within Mama June. In fact, the star herself confessed that she was no longer the same person that she had been all those years and now hates who she has become.
As if that wasn’t enough, June admitted that she wants to end the life of the person that she feels has taken over her body. Apparently, June will often cry to Geno about wanting to change but having no idea where to start.
Splitting up the pair
Although everyone at the intervention admitted they care about her, June couldn’t get one person off her mind: Geno. The rest of the family hadn’t invited him along to the intervention. However, June was worried about how he would cope if she were away.
She believed that being by Geno’s side was a better option than heading off to look for some help. Sadly, the family members feel that Geno was the only person in June’s life that doesn’t care.
A decision at last
The team worked for many hours as they try to get June to see the benefits of heading off. Finally, Mama June agrees to check into a center. However, she doesn’t want to find herself dragged off to a treatment center or rehab.
Instead, June wants somewhere that she can take a break from the stress of her life while trying to find ways to help her cope with the stress. Hopefully, it would be all she needed to get the old June back in her life.
Having second thoughts
All June needed to do was make the three-hour drive to the center so she could start the rest of her life. Unfortunately, she begins to have doubts as soon as they arrive. Mama June doesn’t want to stay at the center anymore.
Thankfully, the staff admitted they will work hard with June to find the best program for her needs, regardless of whether that is at the center or another. Everyone just wanted the best for the star to make sure that June got the help she needed.
A quick exit
Although Mama June eventually makes it into the center, it isn’t to last. In fact, she manages to stay there for just 12 hours before June decides that enough is enough. She checks herself out of the center and decides to head off into the distance without telling any of her family where she is heading.
Her daughters and sister are forced to sit around and wait as they hope to hear from June or get a clue to reveal where she is hiding.
A getaway driver
They don’t have to wait long to learn the truth. It turns out that Geno was the one to pick Mama June up and whisk her off into the distance. The couple decides that it’s best to try and keep clear of the rest of the family.
However, the rest of June’s relatives believe that she has been brainwashed by Geno. They feel that he could tell June she no longer needs the treatment and she would believe him rather than staying at the treatment center to work on herself.
A public altercation
More news soon emerged two days after Mama June and Geno were last seen heading off into the distance. A member of the public had seen the couple outside a gas station. However, they were forced to call the cops when June and Geno were fighting.
The person knew they needed to be broken up and hoped the law would soon take care of things. Little did they know that by calling the police, the stranger was about to spark a whole new chapter in June’s life.
Apparently, Geno was overheard stating he would end June’s life when he could while in the middle of the fight. The threat was enough to see Geno charged with violence and hauled off to jail. However, the cops needed to search the pair and the car to make sure they weren’t hiding anything else, or there wasn’t more to the story.
It turned out that fighting in public was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to uncovering what June and Geno had been up to since leaving the center.
More to the story
The police soon found a whole host of illegal substances in the car. They had more than enough to charge the couple with possession, meaning that both of them were now behind bars. The news soon traveled to the family who were all devastated by the revelation.
What had June done now? They couldn’t believe that June had landed herself in even more trouble, and just hoped that this was as low as June could get in her life. After all, that would mean that the only way was up.
Forced to stay
Now, June and Geno were both forced to stay in Alabama. After all, the law stated that because they had been arrested in the state, they needed to remain there until they had gone to court and seen out the duration of the trial.
This was to make sure no one ran away before they were tried for their crimes. Thankfully, Mama June was granted bail, but there was a condition: she had to stay away from Geno. This was the only way she could get given her freedom.
The new rule wasn’t to last. It wasn’t long before Geno and June were both spotted on security footage as the pair checked into an Alabama casino with one another. It appeared as though the couple were living at the hotel even though they were supposed to keep away from each other.
Now, the family was left with no choice but to wait and see what happened at the trial. There was nothing they could do, and it seemed as though their intervention had gone to waste.
Picking up the pieces
The family have since been left to pick up the pieces of their lives. Thankfully, Dr. Ish was soon on the scene to make sure that everyone had everything they needed to recover from the trauma of what happened with Mama June.
After all, Pumpkin is 19 years old while Alana is about to celebrate her 14th birthday. They have been there through thick and thin with their mom and had hoped the intervention would answer the issues. Sadly, this wasn’t the case.
Ish knows that Pumpkin and Alana never had typical childhoods as they spent the majority of their younger years appearing on reality TV. This means they have often had to answer questions from their friends or been treated differently by others.
Mama June’s arrest was just another aspect that was going to affect their lives. Plus, they might have been young, but Ish knew that Pumpkin and Alana were going to have to make some adult decisions. It was a lot to take on board at once.
The story wasn’t over for Alana, Pumpkin, or Mama June just yet. There were still more twists in the tale. With Mama June out of the picture, Sugar Bear, Alana’s father, thought that it was time to step up and be there for his daughter.
After all, she was now left without a mother. However, his plans soon changed when Sugar Bear signed over his rights to make Pumpkin Alana’s legal guardian instead. This way, the sisters could ensure they could stay together no matter what.
The family have tried to stay as close as they can while they wait to hear what will happen to Mama June at the trial. However, Alana, Dodo, and Pumpkin have no idea if she will ever be able to come back from the edge.
Many of June’s friends and relatives know it can be tough to claw back control from an addiction, but feel June has to try. Believe it or not, but Pumpkin hopes her mom gets a short stint in jail to try and scare her back on track.
Standing by her man
The family hope they will be able to talk to Mama June and convince their relative that she doesn’t need Geno by her side. They believe that he is the cause of many of her issues and think that June should focus on making a new life for herself instead.
However, June has since stated that all of the illegal substances were hers – nothing to do with Geno. This means that Mama June could soon be facing years in prison as a result.
An unsure future
June has since been found guilty of possession and is now waiting to hear what her punishment will be. The family believe there are two options. The law could decide to drop all the charges, or June could be spending years in prison for her actions.
For now, it looks as though we will have to wait to see if there will be another series of Mama June: From Not to Hot or if the finale of the series was the last we will ever see of the family. Only time will tell.