Mama June Shannon is clearing up some rumors about her love life after photos of her with a convicted child molester began circulating earlier this week. The “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star, who recently split from long time partner Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, is accused of dating Mark McDaniel, a man who was allegedly arrested in 2004 for aggravated child molestation. The “Honey Boo Boo” matriarch took to Facebook to address the accusations.
“I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors,” Mama June posted Thursday on Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo’s) Facebook page. “Remember you can’t believe everything you read! Ppl [sic] sell stories to the tabloid everyday that r false! It isn’t true I promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn’t go back.”
According to TMZ, Mark McDaniel, 53, dated Mama June, 35, in 2004. He served 10 years in jail for reportedly molesting an 8-year-old relative of June’s and forcing oral sex.
The rumors that Mama June is one again dating McDaniel sparked after TMZ posted an alleged photo of the reality star in a hotel room with McDaniel. The shot was supposedly taken a month ago, and is said to show the pair cuddling in a bed while they were entertaining guests. However Mama June’s 14-year-old daughter, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon claims that the image is fake.
“It’s photoshopped,” the teen told Radar Online.
Lauryn continued that her mom “left Mark 10 years ago,” and that she hasn’t talked to him or seen him since then.
“She is all about the kids. She only needs us girls, no one else,” Lauryn added. “We are all sticking together as one happy family with us four girls.”
The statements from the Shannon family come a day after TLC, the network that produces “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” commented on the accusations.
“TLC is not currently in production on ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’” an official told TMZ. “We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”