Mama June might be trying to defend herself against the controversy that’s surrounding herself and family, but she just made a bad situation seem even worse.
In case you missed it, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch Mama June Shannon sparked outrage when rumors emerged that she had rekindled her romance with her old flame Mark McDaniel, who happens to be a convicted child molester. He is also the same man that her eldest daughter Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell claims molested her when she was just 8 years old.
There have been a lot of disturbing stories emerging since the news first broke about Mama June and her sick taste in men, but the latest news will undoubtedly shock you: McDaniel was not Mama June’s first relationship with a sex offender.
In a bombshell interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mama June revealed that she has also dated another registered sex offender named Michael Anthony Ford. Ford served time for sexual exploitation of minors after being caught on To Catch a Predator in 2005, Entertainment Tonight reports — and he’s her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon’s real dad (as well as her older daughter Jessica’s father).
“I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to lose,” Mama June told the outlet. “I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story and let’s move on.”
Pumpkin was raised believing that McDaniel was her father, and after her sister Anna opened up about the abuse, there has been tension between the two siblings. Now, Mama June is finally willing to reveal who her second-youngest daughter’s real father is.
“Since 2 months to almost 6 years, she knew nobody but him,” Mama June explained. “She was starting to resent Anna and she was starting to ask me questions. I can’t answer those questions for Pumpkin.”
Mama June claims that she met up with McDaniel to allow her daughter Pumpkin to get closure about the whole situation.
“I was sitting right there with 12 other people,” she told the outlet. “It was a conversation that she wanted her answers: what happened, why did he leave, you know, if he was her real father. He admitted to her, no. I had already told her that but, you know, she wanted to hear from both sides of the story.”
Speaking of Pumpkin and her other 18-year-old daughter Jessica’s father, Ford, Mama June said, “Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica’s dad has had nothing to do with her over the years. So, why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? I lied to my family and told them it was somebody else.”
We have a feeling this is not the last bombshell that is revealed about Mama June and her sick choice in men.