June Shannon, better known as Mama June, is famous for her reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. She’s the mom of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, Anna Marie “Chickadee” Cardwell, Jessica Louise “Chubbs” Shannon and Lauryn Michelle “Pumpkin” Shannon.
Mama June and Alana first rose to fame thanks to Toddlers & Tiaras. The family got a spinoff and the rest is history.
June is no stranger to controversy. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled because June began dating a man who was charged with molestation for abusing her daughter Anna. HEr actions caused the family to lose the chance at earning royalties from syndication.
Another troubled relationship got June into trouble and arrested for felony drug possession.
Read about Mama June’s interesting dating history below.
Michael Anthony Ford 1999
Mama June and Michael Anthony Ford have two kids together. He’s the father of Jessica and Lauryn. He was later convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor. He attempted to solicit oral sex from who he believed was a teen girl but was actually an undercover cop. Ford was arrested in 2005 on an episode of To Catch a Predator.
Ford is currently incarcerated and ineligible for parole until 2026.
Michael “Sugar Bear” Thompson 2004-2014 & 2016
Mama June and Michael “Sugar Bear” Thompson were together for a decade. He is the biological father of Alana and was heavily featured on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
The couple announced their split in September 2014. Thompson cheated on Mama June with both men and women.
“Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship,” they said in a statement. “We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y’all for your support.”
The two were never married but had a commitment ceremony, lived together and raised Mama June’s kids together. In 2016 they went on Marriage Bootcamp together and tried to rehab their relationship. That’s where Thompson admitted to the cheating.
In 2017 Mama June claimed that Thompson was emotionally and physically abusive. She said that Alana and Thompson don’t have a relationship.
Mark Anthony McDaniel 2002 & 2014
In 2014 Mama June started dating registered sex offender Mark Anthony McDaniel. Not only is McDaniel a child molester, he molested her eldest daughter Anna when she was 8-years-old.
Anna was upset that Mama June would bring him back into their lives, after serving 10 years for behind bars, and introducing him to her youngest siblings Alana and Lauryn.
“I feel betrayed,” Anna told Entertainment Tonight. “He did this to me. Why would you let him come around the girls, knowing what he did?”
McDaniel and Mama June dated in 2002, which is when he molested Anna. Anna claims that her sister Lauryn was forced to watch the abuse. Anna ended up telling a school teacher what happened in 2003 and they got the police involved.
Mama June’s 2014 relationship with McDaniel cost the family their syndication royalties.
Eugene “Geno” Doak 2017-Present
Mama June started dating Eugene “Geno” Doak in 2017. Doak has a criminal history and served time for felony charges and in 200 was admitted to a psychiatric facility after a suicide attempt.
In March 2019, Doak and Mama June were both arrested on felony drug possession charges. According to NBC, the couple was at a gas station when Doak supposedly threated Mama June.
The police were called because of the threats and they found drugs and drug paraphernalia. The criminal complaint says that Mama June and Doak both had crack cocaine and a crack pipe with them.
They were both charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.