MAMA June’s ex Sugar Bear’s new wife, Jennifer Lamb, has said Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson was “not able to have a childhood” after finding fame at a young age.
Jennifer- who’s wed to Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson- was happy to see the 14-year-old reality TV star and her dad having fun during a family trip to California.
In a clip for the upcoming episode of Mama June: From Not to Hot, Alana and her big sister and guardian, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 20, were vacationing in Los Angeles when Jennifer and Sugar Bear crashed the party.
But things didn’t seem so bad when Alana, Sugar Bear and Jennifer went to the beach and spent time together.
During a confessional interview, Jennifer told producers that Alana moving to Los Angeles, for the time being, was scary for them, especially because she wasn’t able to have a proper childhood.
She told producers: “It’s been really rough for Alana, not being able to have a childhood, but it’s really nice to see them out there and having a good time.”
Sugar Bear admitted to feeling hurt when Alana decided to run off to California with her sister instead of staying in her home state, Georgia.
He told the cameras: “It kinda hurt my feelings when Alana moved out to L.A. for a little while but hey, I knew it was just for a little while and she was coming back home.”
Jennifer has often been critical of how Mama June raised a young Alana.
In last week’s episode, she claimed she would have been a better mom for the 14-year-old than Mama June and her sister, Lauryn – who is currently taking care of Alana like a parent.
She told producers: “I always knew I would be a better mother to Alana than June was.
“I admire Pumpkin for stepping up to raise Alana but when it comes to raising kids, she should turn to me because I have more experience raising kids than her.”
Longtime fans of the show will remember that Alana first stepped into the limelight as a 6-year-old competing in beauty pageants, where she was known as Honey Boo Boo.
Her nickname stuck when she told the cameras: “Them other girls must be crazy if they think they can beat me, Honey Boo Boo child.”
She retired from beauty pageants in 2013.
She also got her own show on TLC, which was called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
As she grew into a teenager, Alana was then faced with her parents breaking up.
Family relations soured quickly when Mama June started dating Geno Doak, and the couple was arrested for possession of crack cocaine.
On this season of the WE tv reality show, Alana and her family members try to help Mama June with what they claim to be an addiction problem.
Mama June: From Not to Hot: Family Crisis airs Fridays on WE tv at 9 pm et.
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