MAMA June’s daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson “attended therapy” after her mom’s arrest and drug battle, her sister Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird exclusively revealed to The Sun.
June “Mama June” Shannon left her daughter Alana, 15, to go on a drug-fueled bender with her boyfriend Geno Doak, as the two even got arrested for possession of cocaine in March 2019.
Alana has been in her older sister Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird and her brother-in-law Josh's care during her mother’s absence.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Pumpkin, 21, revealed how her sister has been coping without her mom.
She said: “She’s definitely in a better place than she was a year ago. We’ve really started working on ourselves attending therapy and being more conversational as a family all together.
“I’ve encouraged her ever since I’ve had custody of her to get good grades in school and go to whatever college she wants to go to. There aren’t a lot of people in our family who have done that. I know Alana is very much capable of it.”
Alana has broken down in tears many times on Mama June: From Not to Hot: Road to Redemption.
In a trailer for the current season, the teen cried: “You don’t know how many nights I’ve cried myself to sleep.”
Though June recently celebrated one-year sober, Pumpkin said Alana will remain in her care.
She said: "I’m not really sure if Alana would want to go back to that situation only because for so long Mama did lie about what was going on and how things were going on there. I’m never concerned about [her dad] Sugar Bear or Mama coming after me about custody.
“I do feel like we do offer Alana a very stable home and a very stable environment. She lives a fairly good life. She didn’t have a lot of the things she had with mama. I don’t really have any concerns.”
Pumpkin previously told The Sun Mama June’s relationship with her daughters remains “very rocky.”
She said: “Even though she went to rehab and everything she is still not trustworthy as of today.”
June completed rehab and recently celebrated one-year sober.
But Pumpkin, who shares daughter Ella, 3, with Josh, previously told The Sun she hopes her mother dumps her boyfriend Geno Doak.
She said: “It’s just aggravating because with my mama, she let the addiction of drugs go, but I do think she has an addiction to Geno.
“Us as a whole family would just prefer her to be sober and not with Geno. When it comes to staying sober, I think Geno is bad for her because he is still manipulative in a way. I don’t feel like that’s good for her coming straight out of an addiction.”
But Pumpkin said the family has to “come to terms” with Geno “being around.”
She added: “That’s who she’s going to choose. I’m not worried about repairing things with him. I for sure want to repair them with my mom.”
Despite Mama June’s decision to stay with Geno, Pumpkin said she is “definitely proud” of her mom for remaining sober.
She said: “She actually got the help this time. I really want to see her transform into a different person mother wise. I want her to be more caring, be around more and take the sentimental moments in.
“She’s definitely sober today, but she’s going to have to continue to prove that to everyone. I really do hope they remain sober, but I do have my doubts about both of them because they are still in that year of sobriety.”
June has remained in Florida with Geno, while her children live in Georgia.
Pumpkin said of her mom’s decision to stay in Florida: “I do support their decision for wanting to be a little further away, especially with just being out of rehab and things like that. But I don’t want it to be like a permanent situation because that is six hours away from us.
“If we do rekindle our relationship and make amends and work through everything, I just feel like it’s closer than it’ll be a lot easier to do.”
Mama June previously told The Sun that she has been working hard to “make amends” with her daughters.
Mama June told The Sun: “We’re still trying to make that amends and make sure we are straight.
“If I can’t be straight, I can’t be straight for somebody else. We’ve only been through six episodes. We’re still writing our real reality story.”
Mama June and Geno were arrested for possession of a controlled substance – crack cocaine – and possession of drug paraphernalia – a crack pipe – in March 2019. The case remains ongoing.
The Sun was the first to exclusively report that Mama June and Geno entered rehab.
They checked into a rehab facility in Florida on the season finale of Mama June: From Not to Hot: Family Crisis.
Geno admitted the two spent $150,000 in six months on crack cocaine.
Mama June said after completing rehab: “The old June is back! I’m feeling good. Being back to my old self. I am definitely an addict. Nobody can tell what six months looks like. You can only take it a day at a time.
“The world better watch out. I’m back b****es. Here we go.”
Mama June: From Not to Hot: Road to Redemption airs Fridays at 9/8c on WE tv.
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