25 Things You Didn’t Know About Mama June

The world can’t get enough of the Honey Boo Boo clan and its fearless leader, Mama June. The Georgian mother of 4 daughters has decided to make a change for the better that impacts her love life, her health, and her public image. With news swirling around her recent weight loss transformation, it’s no surprise that we yearn to learn more about June – both the good, and the bad. Let’s check her out new healthy, slim body and of course, go over all the crazy details we just need to rehash.

Mama June’s Childhood Cataracts

As a young girl, Mama June had childhood cataracts that went untreated into her adulthood. The TLC matriarch is legally blind and has difficulty seeing, often squinting read faraway words, letters, and numbers. June has described her vision as “blurry” and will continue to struggle with poor eyesight for the remainder of her life. At this point, the damage done to her eyesight prevents her from undergoing a surgery that typically rectifies childhood cataracts. A surgery at this late stage would only make Mama June’s eyesight worse.


Mama June’s Fear Of Mayo

Mama June has a genuine phobia of white condiments but more specifically, she can’t stand the sight of mayonnaise. The fear is a product from an unknown piece of her childhood and in an attempt to overcome her severe aversion to mayo, June has visited a hypnotherapist for treatment. Unfortunately for Mama June, and her french fries, the treatment was unsuccessful and she’s still scared of the white, pasty condiment. Alana (“Honey Boo Boo”) on the other hand, can’t get enough of mayo.


Mama June & Child Welfare

Mama June was a young rebel at one point who chose to live with a boyfriend over her eldest daughter, Anna “Chickadee.” Anna was left at her grandmother’s home, Sandra Hale, by Mama June when she a baby. June left Anna with her mother to move in with her boyfriend at the time, which happened to be in his trailer. Child welfare decided to step in after June had been long gone and Sandra, Anna’s grandmother, become her legal guardian and gained full custody.


Mama June Was A Grandma By 32

We officially got to know the Honey Boo Boo family during the first season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In the first season, Anna “Chickadee” gave birth to her first child at 18 years old – a daughter named Kaitlyn. At the time, Anna wasn’t married to the baby’s father, Michael. When Kaitlyn was born, Mama June became a grandmother at the age of 32 and Alana, “Honey Boo Boo,” became a first-time aunt at the age of 6 years old.


Mama June’s “Forklift Foot”

If you’ve never noticed this about Mama June before, you’re bound to notice it now. The reality tv mom never goes barefoot and is always wearing socks – even around the house. When she was younger, her foot was run over by a forklift and the results were, well, unpleasant. The daughters of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo call their mom’s foot a “forklift foot.” Gee, we wonder how they came up with that one?


Mama June Ditched Out On High School

When Mama June became pregantn with her oldest daughter, Anna, at the age of 15, she dropped out of high school. She said that at the time, being pregnant at a young age and attending high school was “too much” for the future reality star. Mama June eventually attained her GED to make up for lost time.


Mama June Asks Anna To Move Home

Before Here Comes Honey Boo Boo began filming, June asked her oldest daughter, Anna, to come back and live with her and the other members of the family for the sake of the show. Anna had been living at her grandmother’s since she June left her there as a baby but the show’s producers thought that Anna’s illegitimate pregnancy would be a good storyline for the new reality show. Anna was offered $500 a month to move back in with Sugar Bear, Mama June, Alana, and the other girls.


Mama June’s Net Worth

Brace yourself for what you’re about to read, because you’ll probably be startled by what we tell you. Mama June has a net worth of approximately $1 million! Thanks to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, June was able to make a large profit and sit comfortably with her daughters and granddaughters for the first time in a long time. Some of June’s earnings, though, undoubtedly went to her gastric sleeve surgery which was the primary factor in her weight loss transformation. But, we’ll bark up that tree shortly.


Mama June’s Many Baby Daddies

Mama June has 4 daughters: Anna “Chickadee,” Jessica “Chubbs,” Lauryn “Pumpkin,” and of course, Alana “Honey Boo Boo.” It was always common knowledge that each daughter had a different father but until recently, the father of Lauren has been called into question. Mama June tried to keep the truth about Lauryn’s father a secret; before Honey Boo Boo was canceled because of June’s relationship with convicted felon Mark McDaniel, Lauryn believed he was her father. Now, it’s been reported that another felon, Michael Anthony Ford, is the father of both Lauryn and Jessica. Mama June’s list of old lovers is more than just a tad bit confusing, especially since they all have criminal records.


Mama June’s Men Have Prison Records

Pictured above Mama June’s 3 identified baby daddies. On the far left is David Dunn, the father of Anna; he was convicted of theft and burglary and spent time in prison between 1995 and 1998. In the middle is Michael Anthony Ford. the father of Jessica (and allegedly, Lauryn); he was convicted in 2005 of child abuse over the internet and is still in jail serving time on child abandonment charges. On the far right is Sugar Bear, Alana’s father; he spent 5 years in jail for robbing a series of campsites.


Mama June Versus TLC

The man who Lauryn “Pumpkin” once thought was her father, Mark McDaniel, is the direct cause of Honey Boo Boo’s cancellation on TLC in 2014. After McDaniel was released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence on charges related to inappropriate behavior with children, Mama June was seen spending time with him on two separate occasions. McDaniel had wrongly touched June’s oldest daughter, Anna “Chickadee,” between 2000 and 2002. News of the family feud (and the reason behind it) contributed to the downward spiral of the Honey Boo Boo clan. TLC released a statement following the show’s cancellation: “TLC has canceled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”


Mama June Met Sugar Bear Where?

Many fans of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and From Not To Hot are still curious as to how Mame June finds these men and in particular, Sugar Bear. Believe it not (actually, you probably will believe it) Sugar Bear and Mama June met in an online chat meant to find a casual hook-up. They had been together for 7 years before Honey Boo Boo hit the TLC airwaves. Now, in terms of marriage, Mama June had her own reservations and belief system that Sugar Bear had to be willing to compromise with…


Mama June Is Scared Of Marriage

Mama June has had a long list of lovers and besides Sugar Bear, only one of them was a long-term, committed relationship. The mother of 4, and granddaughter to 1, outwardly hates the word “marriage” and to some extent, she’s a total commitment-phobe. When tying the knot became an issue on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Mama June and Sugar Bear had a commitment ceremony instead. Since then, we’ve seen the exes amicably part ways, only to see them go to war over Sugar Bear’s new wife on Mame June: From Not To Hot.


Mama June & Pumpkin Come Out

In 2015, Mama June and Pumpkin gave an exclusive interview to Inside Edition coming out as bisexuals. In the interview, Pumpkin revealed that she has had relationships with females and at the time, was hoping to reunite with an ex-girlfriend. Mama June, who was separated from Sugar Bear at the time, stated “I played in the minors but never went pro.” Meaning, she never had a serious relationship with a female.


Mama June Can’t Legally Drive

Because of Mama June’s poor eyesight, she was never able to attain a legal driving license. Instead, she gets her automobile-fix at the go-kart tracks and as viewers have seen in early episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, June struggles with her eyesight there, as well. On Sugar Bear’s birthday, the reality show made it seem as if Mama June couldn’t fit behind the wheel of a go-kart but in reality, it was her eyesight that made her resist the driving temptation. In the past, Sugar Bear and family friends have helped Mama June and her daughters get around.


Mama June’s Stint In Jail

Before the world knew he Mama June was, she too had her own wrap sheet. Years ago, June was an employee at a local McDonald’s and was prosecuted for stealing money from the fast food location. She was also charged with check fraud. In 2008, Mama June was arrested again for not paying child support to Anna’s grandmother and her mother, Sandra Hale.


Mama June’s Cropdust Habit

Mama June has opened up to TLC about some of her darkest secrets, guilty pleasures, and dirty habits. As it seems, Mama June is a big fan of the crop-dust movement… especially, in a crowded elevator. For those who don’t know, “crop-dusting” is the art of letting flatulent air lose discretely in the path of others, without them being aware of it, most of the time. We’re not sure if Mama June’scrop-dustingg skills have improved or been hindered since she threw herself under the bus on reality tv.


Mama June & Child Welfare… Again

While filming the first season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services stepped on set in an abrupt fashion. Earlier that week, a Youtube video of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” dancing on a bar in a college town. Child services let Mama June off with a warning and just wanted to be sure that Alana didn’t engage in any illegal underage activity. Mama June’s public statement regarding the incident was, “I’m not gonna put Alana in that situation again.”


Mama June Loves Kaitlyn’s Extra Thumb

Baby Kaitlyn was born with an extra thumb! Until she turned 4 years old, the family accepted her birth defect and tried to put a positive spin on it – Mama June told People Magazine, “We have embraced it. It makes Kaitlyn more special to us.” In 2016, little Kaitlyn had surgery to remove her third thumb.


Mama June Protected Anna & Michael

Mama June and Anna may have a turbulent relationship that is complicated by money and old, convict boyfriends but at the end of the day, June is still Anna’s mother. When Kaitlyn was born, Mama June legally blocked Anna’s old boyfriend Caleb Clark from claiming he’s baby Kaitlyn’s father by use of a DNA test. Anna and Caleb dated for two years right before she met Michael and became pregnant with Kaitlyn. Today, Caleb is still denied access or paternity testing to Mama June’s grandbaby.


Mama June Makes How Much An Episode?

“Make me holla for a dolla!” The catchphrase of the Honey Boo Boo clan became more of an official slogan after the famous family demanded a raise per episode during the show’s second season. In 2013, the family was making $50,000 an episode. Now, Mama June makes $20,000 for herself with every public appearance she agrees to make. In 2015, Anna “Chickadee” filed a lawsuit against Mama June for allegedly stealing her paycheck during the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo days.


Mama June Stood By Sugar Bear

During the summer of 2013, Sugar Bear entered the hospital after secretly battling a neurological disorder. Allegedly, there had been an infection or unspecified illness spreading throughout his brain and the Honey Boo Boo clan publicly expressed their concern for their patriarch on facebook. Mama June wrote, “He’s havin’ spells where he passes out & we don’t know the cause & meds aren’t helpin’… we r all nervous to c what will b done with everything.” Since the hospital visit, no further news has been reported regarding Sugar Bear’s health.


Mama June Versus Uncle Poodle

Uncle Poodle, aka Lee Thompson, has always been an important member of the family to Alana. In 2013, Poodle went public with his HIV-Positive diagnosis and pressed charges against his ex-boyfriend who infected him without warning or taking proper medication. Mama June and Poodle used to be close but since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled by TLC, the two have been at odds with one another. Uncle Poodle has made public statements regarding June’s lack of mothering skills, he’s exposed intimate details of her private life, and claimed that Mama June was in fact dating Mark McDaniel, the convicted offender, behind Sugar Bear’s back. In return, June lashed out at Poodle over social media and denied any claims that she was dating McDaniel.


Mama June: From Not Too Hot

Mama June made her return to tv in 2017, 3 years after Here Comes Honey Boo Boo went off the air. June descended down the difficult path of weight loss and lifestyle change so naturally, the cameras wanted to follow her on her journey. Mama June weighed 460 pounds before she decided to lose the weight, which according to inside sources, was revenge on Sugar Bear after their breakup and his engagement to the woman he cheated on her with.


Chickadee’s Claws Break Out

Mama June and Anna “Chickadee” are still estranged and since the matriarch’s weight loss journey has debuted on From Not To Hot, Anna has made some startling accusations against her mother. Anna stated, “I think she did it just to be more famous. I don’t think she did it just for her because she never mentioned anything ever before about getting plastic surgery.” Chickadee is currently in talks to get her own spin-off show, as well; “Everybody wants me to get my own show anyways regardless of getting anything done. I doubt it’s going to happen, but it would be nice. Lots of people been asking me about getting my own show with my kids again. They tell me that they would watch the show just for me and kids.”


Mama June’s Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In 2015, Mama June underwent gastric sleeve surgery so she could lose the weight. June was scared for the surgery but was determined to give up her “old life” and start fresh. As a testament to solidarity, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” and Lauryn “Pumpkin” chose to cut out eating junk food with their mom. June’s transformation was motivated by the help her daughters gave her, as well as Sugar Bear’s upcoming to his fiance, Jennifer. Mama June’s goal is to fit into a size 4 dress before attending the ceremony…


Mama June’s Plastic Surgery

Mama June’s incredible transformation isn’t just a product of gastric sleeve surgery. She also endures intense workouts with her trainer Kenya and plastic surgeries, including a tummy tuck, breast lift, neck freezing, and skin removed from her arms. By the time she recovered from her cosmetic procedures, she had slimmed down to a size 8. On WE TV, Mama June revealed her new body’s progress and she had lost 150 pounds.


Mama June’s Skin Removal Surgery

Mama June’s weight loss came with a few complications that she needed to tend to. After losing the inital 150 pounds, she needed to undergo skin removal surgery. Unfortunately, the Honey BooBoo matriarch wasn’t pleased with the scarring left over from the procedures. She told WE Tv, “I thought that surgery would make me feel better but it hasn’t. My body looks like Frankenstein and I hate that I did this.”


Mama June’s Diet Tips

Hwer daughters had caught her cheating on her diet here and there but to be fair, who isn’t allowed a cheat day once in a while? Mama June’s diet was primarily restricted to anything green and chicken breast, while avoiding any food that contributed to her previous size for years earlier. According to June’s trainer, Kenya Crooks, he emphasized how important it was to make a lifestyle change and not put Mama June on a temporary “fad” diet.


What Fat-Suit?

Before revealing the dramatic makeover, numerous critics alleged that June was actually wearing a fat-suit during the entire show and therefore, her dramatic weight loss transformation wasn’t 100% authentic. Fans of the reality show also assumed that she was wearing a fat-suit to prevent a premature unveiling of her new body. June firmly denied these accusations. After her skin removal surgery, Mama June had lost a total of 197 pounds and was proud of her committment to change her body.


The New Mama June!

Mama June is now a size 4! June stunned viewers everywhere when she finally revealed her new body on Mama June: From Not To Hot. Before she underwent the surgery and embarked on a mission to change her life for the better, June told rolling cameras, “I’m changing my body and my love life. This surgery is the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but I mean there is a skinnier person inside of me.” It looks like the reality tv star is finally making some positive alterations for herself and her daughters.