Just like in a fairy tale, after many twists and turns of fate, including a magical transformation, Mama June has finally found her prince on a white horse. The reality TV star lost 300 pounds in 2017 in what is one of the most dramatic makeovers ever attested on the small screen. Now, the 38-year-old has revealed that there is a new man in her life, and that she’s never been happier, both with her appearance and her partner, as per VT‘s report.
June Shannon and her daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson first rose to fame when they appeared in TLC’s reality series Toddlers & Tiaras. The show followed their lives as they took part in children’s beauty pageants, and eventually led the family from McIntyre, Georgia, to star in their own spin-off show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Mama June got a deal for one other spin-off, Mama June: From Not To Hot. The show aired from February 2017 and followed her weight loss journey from 460 to 160 pounds (209 to 73 kg).
Who is the mystery man?
While Mama June has confirmed his existence, she is yet to reveal the identity of her new squeeze. The mother-of-three is keeping that under wraps until the premiere of the second season of Mama June: From Not To Hot. The WE television series is set to return to the small screens on the 12th of January.
All that the TV personality shared about her beau in an interview with People is that he’s been her “rock and best friend” and that they’re “together 24 hours a day.” She confessed, “He restored our faith when we thought there were no good men left out there.”
This fortuitous connection follows a series of romantic disappointments in Mama June’s life. Her marriage to Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, Honey Boo Boo’s dad, ended in 2014 after she allegedly discovered he had multiple online dating profiles. Following the split, the reality star rekindled an old relationship with convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel. She made headlines when her oldest daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell accused McDaniel of molesting her when she was 8-years-old.
Following that, naturally, her daughters, 12-year-old Alana and 18-year-old Lauryn were feeling skeptical about their mom’s new man.
“It’s just been me and the girls for so long, and we’ve been through a lot,” she told the magazine. “It’s hard to be able to trust somebody, and it was a lot of walls that he had to break down with me and the girls, honestly.”
Mama June and Honey Boo Boo went on a press tour in New York City and Los Angeles to promote the upcoming season of their show
Okay we have a couple of announcements first if you are wanting to know about any of the clothes that I am wearing during my NYC N LA press week and my everyday clothes they come from a awesome lady call Tonia Ryan her website is www.inance.com and I just wanted everyone to know that we will be doing more interviews tomorrow 1/3 but they will be it will be on at 8:30 a.m. with @people then at 10 am we will be doing @usweekly and at 1:30pm we will do @intouchweekly and @lifenstyle_magazine @wetv all of these will be live on Facebook so come join the fun and we will possibly be answering some of your Facebook live questions. Our People magazine article comes out tomorrow in magazines so check it out! I just want to thank all of our fans for your continued support and we are really looking forward to y’all seeing season 2 the life after my transformation #NYCpressweek #fblive #peoplenow #usweekly #intouchlifenstyle #season2 #mamajunefromnottohot
Maintaining the change
But the next season of Mama June’s show is not going to focus solely on her love life. It will also document her struggle to maintain her newly gained size four figure. The combination of a healthier diet, exercise, and cosmetic surgeries led her to lose 300 pounds in early 2017. One other secret that appears to have been crucial in this transformation is altering her sleeping habits. Sleeping until 1pm and skipping breakfast has proven most beneficial, the stay-at-home mom revealed.
“This sounds bad but I’m more of a snacker”, she said. “It’s all about portion control for me. It’s not easy to eat like you’re ‘supposed to’ and hit the gym all the time, but I’m just trying to maintain it the best I can.”
Mama June’s snacks include cheese and grapes. She also makes sure to eat healthy dinners consisting of “baked chicken and quinoa” or “baked pork chops, corn and beans”.
In this new season, Mama June is also going to follow in her daughter’s footsteps. She will enter a beauty pageant and she’ll try to do whatever it takes to win first place. However, she will discover that this will have somewhat of a negative impact on her relationship with her children.
Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres Friday, January 12 at 9/8C on WE TV.