Toddlers and Tiaras introduced Honey Boo Boo to the world
The reality TV series ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ ran for four years and seven seasons before it came to an official end in 2016. The show followed young pageant contestants as they all battled it out for the crown. The show was far more than just the pageant. ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ also gave us a chance to see what life was like for the contestants behind the scenes and how the competitions affected their families.
It was here the world met and fell for Honey Boo Boo. Alana, the face behind the character, and her mom, Mama June, quickly became the most popular pair. That was partly thanks to their controversies, such as “Go-Go Juice” – aka a combination of Red Bull and Mountain Dew.
Alana Thompson was handed her own show ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’
Alana was such a hit with fans that she was quickly handed her own reality spin-off show, ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.’ The planet was thrust into her world as Mama June and Alana’s siblings, Anna, Jessica, and Lauryn, all joined the ranks as the stars of the show. Even some lesser-known family members appeared along the way.
The show was an instant hit, with stars such as Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus confessing their love of the show. Unfortunately, ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ opened the door for more controversies. Some people believed the Thompson family was being used as the center of the joke. On the other hand, others voiced their concerns about the ever-controversial world of child beauty pageants.
Honey Boo Boo’s show was canceled after reports of inappropriate behavior
Being the star of her own show meant Honey Boo Boo was on track to become one of the biggest child stars of the 21st century. That was until everything came crashing down. TLC announced it was pulling the plug on ‘Here Comes Honey Boo’ in October 2014 after four seasons and 55 episodes. Many fans were heartbroken by the news – and wanted to learn what took place behind the scenes.
It wasn’t long before they got their troubling answers. TLC admitted in an interview with TMZ that the children’s welfare in the series was always its priority. The statement followed reports that Mama June was in a relationship with someone who had been inappropriate with Alana’s sister, Anna, at just eight years old.
The star of the show had no idea why ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ ended
The show came to such a sudden end that TLC even decided to scrap a season that had already been filmed. Although there were some answers, many people were keen to learn what this meant for the Thompson family. Oprah was one on the list, so the talk show host invited Mama June and Honey Boo Boo onto a special ‘Where Are They Now’ episode to get some clarity.
Apparently, Alana was confused about why the show had ended and constantly asked June where the film crew had gone. In response, June replied the team had “stopped filming,” and the cameras were gone for good. Mama June surprised many viewers as she confessed the show brought nothing but craziness and stress to her family.
The Thompson family were involved in a dangerous car crash
Even though they had their own reality series, certain aspects of Alana’s life never featured on our screens. One incident could have had life-changing effects. Alana was in the car with her sisters Lauryn and Jessica, Sugar Bear, and Mama June when they were reportedly in a road traffic accident. Apparently, Sugar Bear had been driving.
The reports claim the car was at a stop light waiting to make a left turn. Sugar Bear supposedly pulled out when the lights changed, but a speeding vehicle with no headlights crashed into their car. Thankfully, they all made a full recovery. Unfortunately, the accident meant Alana was left with headaches for a time after hitting her head on one of the windows.
Mama June publicly spoke about Alana’s battle with her weight
The end of the show meant Mama June and Honey Boo Boo suddenly had a lot of free time on their hands. What were they supposed to do after so many years surrounded by a TV crew? Thankfully for them, it looked as though the world wasn’t ready to say “goodbye” to the pair just yet. Alana and June were invited onto medical talk show ‘The Doctors.’
Here, they were the stars of three one-off episodes that focused on Alana’s size. She was just nine years old and four-foot-six-inches tall, but Alana already weighed in at 125 pounds, putting her in the obese category. June stated that her weight was largely affected by medication used to combat Alana’s other pre-existing health conditions.
The Doctors provided Alana with everything she needed to lose weight
One of the show hosts, Dr. Travis Stork, got to work creating a plan as the doctor believed Alana’s weight was all to do with her diet and nothing to do with the medication. The show hoped to find a way to help Alana lose the weight for good and change her entire life. The plan? ‘The Doctors’ provided June with everything from a nutritionist to cooking supplies to get them on the right track.
The team hoped Alana would be between 12 and 25 pounds lighter by the time she returned. Unfortunately, it appeared the reality star hadn’t stuck to any of the plans. In fact, Dr. Stork revealed all of the cooking tools they had sent the Thompsons were still in their boxes.
Mama June had her own side of the story about Alana’s weight loss
While the show was busy telling the family how they should have stuck to the plan, Mama June was busy sharing her side of the story on social media. Here, the mom accused the show of making it look like Alana had broken the rules even though they had done everything by the book. June even stated that Alana was eight pounds lighter after one month.
She confessed the family was all proud of the results, and Alana was enjoying eating smaller portions and walking more than ever before. As if that wasn’t enough, the Thompsons allegedly hired a personal trainer to work with Alana. Fans were left wondering why ‘The Doctors’ would lie about Alana’s new life and progress.
Alana loved her size while June was adamant they were making changes
That was just the beginning. Mama June continued with her accusations as she claimed the show initially promised a ten-week lifestyle plan. However, ‘The Doctors’ reportedly asked the pair back after one month. June was adamant that the show wanted to make it look like Alana had failed to drop any weight. Alana? She was never that bothered.
In fact, the youngster confessed that she wouldn’t get on a bandwagon unless it was filled with “cheeseburgers and stuff” and that she loved “my curves.” It seemed Alana wanted to follow in her family’s footsteps when it came to her size. In 2018. June had more news as she told the world Alana was now following a “no-grease diet,” and she had already lost five pounds.
The Thompson family started to make public appearances and red carpet shoots
In the end, Mama June deleted the social media post and tried to move on. However, the attention was all the family needed to get back in the limelight. One of Alana’s first public appearances since the end of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ came in the form of a red carpet appearance.
The youngster and the rest of her family arrived to celebrate the opening of Benzino’s Crab Trap – an eatery that closed six months later. This was the start of a new chapter in Alana’s life as she put Honey Boo Boo behind her and moved on to a new life of fame. She arrived at the Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City, where Alana met several musicians and turned many heads.
Alana had a brief music career that featured the Honey Boo Boo Bop
Meeting musicians was enough for Alana to embark on a new music career as a rap artist. At the end of 2015, the reality star headed to the recording studio to work on her debut single ‘Movin’ Up.’ Here, Alana worked with producer Adam Barta who has reportedly worked with stars like Tan Mom and Farrah Abraham over the years.
The video for the track used many of Alana’s family members, including both of her parents. The group even worked on their own ‘Honey Boo Boo Bop’ dance, but sadly, the dance was forgotten before it became a viral hit. Her brief time in the recording studio was also Alana’s first and last dabble with music as she hasn’t been in the recording studio since.
Her time in the limelight allowed Alana to work with charities
Many of us have our own ways of celebrating. Alana? She wanted to head to the Spalding County Fair with her family after her new ventures as a rap artist. Mama June took to social media to share videos of the Thompsons having fun at the fair, including plenty of snaps of Alana enjoying all the rides. The youngster appeared to be having the time of her life.
That was just the beginning. Alana wanted to use her new time in the limelight to work with charities, including the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Her social media was soon filled with pictures of her smiling and posing for the organization to help raise awareness and get people talking about breast cancer.
The Thompson family returned to TV in Marriage Boot Camp
Although Alana’s time on TV had ended, she was still a fan favorite. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to hold onto her time at the top as Alana quickly realized she was losing her fans. That was until a new TV venture came their way in November 2015. The family had a comeback in the pipelines as they signed up for the reality show ‘Marriage Boot Camp.’
The series was meant to follow the relationship between Mama June and Sugar Bear. However, it was Alana that grabbed the attention as the ten-year-old was questioned about her mature outfit when she stepped out to support her family. It was toned down from her pageant days, but it was enough to get people talking.
Mama June was handed her own show called Mama June: From Not to Hot
‘Marriage Boot Camp’ was just one of the many plans the Thompson family had for their grand return. Unfortunately, their time on the show wasn’t enough to heal the wounds in June and Sugar Bear’s relationship as they eventually went their separate ways. This was the start of something new as June decided to turn her life around.
Suddenly, the matriarch of the family was the center of attention as she landed her own reality show titled ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot.’ It followed June as she lost approximately 300 pounds following surgery to remove part of her stomach and fit a gastric sleeve. The operation seemed drastic to many, but June was determined to get her life back on track.
Alana stole plenty of scenes on Mama June’s new show
‘From Not to Hot’ first aired in February 2017 to plenty of anxious fans as they wanted their next fix of the Thomspon family. However, this time, something was different. The show wasn’t about Honey Boo Boo and her antics as it saw Mama June take the starring role. That didn’t stop Alana from stealing plenty of scenes.
The youngster created several catchphrases and even drank from a bidet by accident. The best part? Alana returned to pageants once again, but even this was a little different as she was now coaching her mom. Alana helped June learn everything she needed to debut her weight loss on stage for the first time. It seemed that Honey Boo Boo was finally back.
Alana was once in a secret relationship with someone named Justin
The new show was enough to see Honey Boo Boo back at the top. She was just 11 years old, but Alana had plenty of gossip to dish in her interview with E! News. Here, she confessed that she was in a secret relationship with someone called Justin. Alana didn’t want to spill any details but did admit she had fallen in love with his personality.
Although she had already lived a huge amount of her life on our screens, Alana knew how to keep some secrets. In the same interview, Alana opened up about other crushes. The youngster had no idea who John Mayer or Chris Evans were, but the 15 yes’s told E! News Alana very much knew about Zac Efron.
There have been several new additions to the Thompson family
The many reality TV series mean Alana’s family have also become stars in their own rights. Lauryn and Anna have both welcomed their own children over the years and gained plenty of love as a result. In 2017, Lauryn welcomed baby Ella Grace to the family when she was 17 years old. It didn’t take long for Alana to step up to her new role as aunt to Ella.
The star posed for several photos with the new addition and shared them with her fans. To top it off, Alana even changed her own description on social media to “aunt to the cutest thing” just after baby Ella’s arrival. We get the feeling Alana is pretty happy with the new additions.
Alana keeps her fans up to date through her social media channels
If there is one thing that many of us have learned, it’s that following our favorite celebrities on social media is usually the best way to keep up with their personal lives Alana has her own social media where she regularly posts about what she is doing day to day. Her popularity means Alana has even landed a few brand deals in her time.
However, Alana has learned how to post updates without revealing too much to her fans. She often posts messages she received or selfies with captions that explain what she has been doing. That doesn’t mean Alana’s fans know everything about her life as she is sure to leave no clues about any future plans or a return to TV.
People accused Alana of using cultural appropriation on social media
Even though Alana has several fans, some people are less than impressed with her posts. Some haters have accused Alana of using cultural appropriation in several of her posts, but the star admits she had no idea what the comments meant. Alana just wanted to set the record straight, so uploaded a video about the remarks. Unfortunately, this made things worse.
Thankfully, Alana’s supporters and family all stood by her side to try and diffuse the situation. Many people argued that Alana was merely a 12-year-old girl at the time and might not have understood the effects words could have or the comments she made. It seems the incident has been forgotten as most have moved on from the blip in Alana’s fame.
Alana helped coach Mama June in pageants during From Not to Hot
Her time on ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ made Honey Boo Boo a household name. It looked as though her pageant career had come to an end. That was until August 2018 as Alana made her grand return – with a difference. This time, it was Mama June’s time to be coached as Alana put all of her inside knowledge to the test.
Alana helped coach her mom in ‘From Not to Hot’ as the matriarch wanted to show the world how much she had changed. This marked a huge moment in the preteen’s life as Honey Boo Boo was gone. Now, Alana felt like a new person for the first time. Thankfully, their work paid off as June earned first runner-up at the show.
Honey Boo Boo was the star of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in 2018
Reality TV stars often love to be on our screens. What better way to further their career than by appearing on reality competition shows? Many stars have turned their hand to these shows over the years. Alana was no exception. In October 2018, the star signed up as one of the cast members on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,’ where she danced with Tristan Ianiero.
Alana was already used to the fancy dresses and performing, but she confessed she had never seen the series before signing up. The rehearsals were long, and the days were tough. Alana quickly learned she had to put her all into each routine if she wanted to make it on the show, even on bad days.
Many people refused to watch the series without Honey Boo Boo
Even though some of the other contestants were more well-known or had dance experience, it didn’t take long for Alana to become a fan favorite. Alana wanted to show everyone that she is more than a character from TV. Her hard work paid off as several fans of the show fell for Alana’s fun-loving personality and impressive routines.
Sadly, Alana’s time on the show came to an end after the Halloween special. The voting here is different from the normal show as it combines the audiences in the arena’s opinions with the judges’ to decide who stays and who goes each week. Alana was gone, but many people said they wouldn’t watch the rest of the season now their new-favorite star was gone.
Appearing on the show helped Alana break away from Honey Boo Boo
Anna, Alana’s older sister, has always worried about what being on TV had done to her younger sibling. Anna believed that Alana had learned how to show off for the cameras after several years on ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In fact, Anna confessed her sister would act as over-the-top as she could manage and throw huge tantrums whenever the cameras were around.
Apparently, Alana eventually confessed to her sister that she had no idea how to break away from the character. That was until she appeared on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.’ Suddenly, the world got to see the person behind the character. Being away from the show and letting her personality shine meant Honey Boo Boo was finally becoming a distant memory.
Mama June welcomed a new man into her life during From Not to Hot
Things were settling down as Alana learned how to live a new life in the limelight away from Honey Boo Boo. Thankfully, it seemed that things were going right for everyone in the family as Mama June welcomed a new man into her life: Geno. Alana was quick to state he was “a great man for mama” on her social media. He really did get the seal of approval.
The relationship came about during ‘From Not to Hot,’ meaning the cameras were there for every moment of the blossoming relationship. Alana went one step further as she shared Geno’s social media pages with her own fans. This quickly saw Geno’s follower count shoot from just a few thousand followers to over 20,000.
Lauryn and Alana planned to hold an intervention for Mama June
It appeared that everything was going well for the Thompson family. That was until the latest series of ‘From Not to Hot’ as the world learned Mama June had been living with several health conditions. Since childhood, the star has been troubled with vision issues and suddenly had unusual swelling across several areas of her body. That wasn’t all.
June’s relationship with Geno was starting to cause a lot of tension within the family. Alana and Lauryn both believed that Geno was no good for June and wanted to host an intervention. The sisters hired a professional to help the family make their point. Alana and Lauryn believed June was quickly slipping into several unhealthy behaviors and wanted to get their mom some help.
The intervention didn’t go well and June was later arrested
Suddenly, fans of ‘From Not to Hot’ got to see Alana transform from a toddler pageant star into a mature woman who was trying to help her family in a time they needed it the most. Alana was honest as she opened up about the effect her mom’s behavior was having on everyone else. She even added that she was worried about how this could affect their future.
Lauryn and Alana tried everything, but sadly, it wasn’t enough. Although June agreed to check in at a rehab center, she left after just a few hours. Geno and June were later arrested for carrying illegal substances, with June’s children believing she tried to take the rap for everything. The pair eventually plead “not guilty.”
Lauryn now has legal guardianship of her half-sister Alana
The breakdown of the relationship with her mom meant Alana needed to find a new place to call “home.” Thankfully, her older sister Lauryn was there to step up and help. However, this was about to cause more issues for the sisters as they needed to learn how to live with their new relationship. In the end, Lauryn wanted to become Alana’s legal guardian.
She approached Sugar Bear, Alana’s dad, and got the ball in motion. Lauryn is now official in charge of caring for Alana and making any important decisions for her half-sister. The pair both want to give Alana a shot at a normal childhood after all these years. That was set to change again as June returned for ‘Mama June: Family Crisis.’
Lauryn and Alana are both active on their social media channels
There was a lot of uncertainty about what would happen to ‘From Not to Hot’ before it was rebranded as ‘Family Crisis.’ Now, the sisters have to wait and see what the latest chapter in their lives will mean for the Thompson family. However, one thing is for sure: Lauryn and Alana love to share the love on social media.
The pair often share tributes to one another as they share how much they care for each other. Lauryn and Alana have even secured a handful of brand deals since living together. However, there is no news on a show. While many fans want Lauryn and Alana to team up for their own series, others think Alana needs some time away from TV.
Alana has spoken about her tough experiences on social media
The new year can be a great chance to reflect on everything we have been through in the last 12 months. However, Alana couldn’t wait for the clock to strike midnight. Instead, she took to social media in September 2019 to talk about her tough year. Many of us remember how tough it is to be a teenager.
How about dealing with all of that and more as the world wants to know about your mom’s criminal record and health, too? Alana posted that she was “proud” of herself after battling through such a tough year. Alana finished the post with “i’m still standing” – something that shows the world how far Alana has come since her days as Honey Boo Boo.
Several fans were once worried about Alana’s mental health and wellbeing
Fans were once worried about Alana’s mental health, as she didn’t post on social media for many days. In fact, her final since-deleted post was the caption “things ain’t easy” alongside a photo of her smiling. People tried to reach out to the teen to see if Alana needed any help. However, she didn’t reply to any of the messages.
Thankfully, it seems that Alana has bounced back since the dark days as she has been active on social media ever since. Here, Alana often shares updates about her latest show and has included several links to her new merchandise. The days of Honey Boo Boo might be gone, but Alana is far from through with her time in the limelight.