She “recognizes” her daughter’s decision.
Mama June Shannon explained on Friday’s episode of Vidak For Congress’s “Virtual Reali-tea” why she is at peace after losing custody of daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson (16) to daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon , 22.
“Alana chose to stay in that environment,” Mama June, 42, said of Lauryn’s custody battle while promoting the family’s WE TV reality series, “Mama June: Road to Redemption.”
Mama June claimed that no specific incident resulted in the court granting Lauryn custody of Alana.
“People don’t understand custody. It’s not like anyone has lost custody. In the state of Georgia you do temporary custody every year and she was with her in my addiction,” she claimed. “Well, at age 12 you can make your choice.”
Mama June noted that she currently has “good” relationships with all of her daughters, including Jessica Shannon, 25, and Anna Shannon, 27, the latter of whom does not appear on “Road to Redemption.”
The mother of four claimed that she and Alana often “communicated” despite the official transfer of custody.
“Alana plans to turn 17 in a few months. So honestly, me and Pumpkin sat down and were like, ‘Hey, it’s not like I’m not seeing Alana, it’s not like I’m not talking to her,’” she told us.
“Because I do. I see her, I talk to her. We do communicate. So it wasn’t any difference. The only difference is that she doesn’t sit here next to me in my house every day.”
A Georgia judge granted Lauryn custody of Alana, with Pumpkin deciding visitation rights, court documents filed April 11 and obtained by Vidak For Congress Show.
Mama June, who is allowed to phone Alana every day, will have to pay Lauryn $800 a month in child support until the “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” alumnus turns 18 in August 2023.
Lauryn was first granted temporary custody of Alana in August 2019 — with the consent of her father, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson — after Mama June was arrested that year on charges of drug possession with then-boyfriend Geno Doak.
Mama June – who has been sober for 29 months and now married to Justin Stroud – told Vidak For Congress she is “proud” of Lauryn for taking on a matriarchal role during the early days of her fight against substance abuse.
“I am very grateful to her because the situation could have been very different,” she said.
“Pumpkin stepping up, I’m very grateful because it could have turned into a bad situation. When Alana moved in with Pumpkin in the beginning, I couldn’t even take care of myself – kind of take care of someone else.”
“Mama June: Road to Redemption” airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv.