See the 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Cast Then and Now

It's been more than a decade since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premiered on TLC in 2012, and much has happened in Mama June's family since. Look back at the family in the beginning, and catch up on the controversies, drama and big changes in the family

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June Shannon

Mama June Shannon
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June Shannon, most commonly known as "Mama June," is the matriarch of the family. She has four daughters: Anna, Jessica, Lauryn and Alana.

She catapulted her family into the spotlight when Alana, her youngest daughter, appeared on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras in 2009. The duo's personality (and Alana's quotable "Honey Boo Boo child" moment) were standouts on the show.

After interest increased surrounding the mother-daughter pair on the pageant show series, the network made them stars of their own show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, in 2012.

The widely talked-about show introduced viewers to Mama June's family and day-to-day life, but was canceled after a report revealed she was dating a registered sex offender.

Since then, the family has been involved in numerous scandals and found themselves at the center of controversy over the years.

June starred on a WE tv spinoff series, Mama June: Road to Redemption.

In the season 4 finale, June and her boyfriend Eugene Edward "Geno" Doak checked into rehab together, and the fifth season profiled her working on her sobriety and attempting to reconcile with her estranged daughters.

June reportedly wed boyfriend of less than a year Justin Stroud at a Georgia courthouse on March 23. E! News and Entertainment Tonight confirmed via the Wilkinson County court office that the two were married.

On Feb. 18, June wed Stroud for a second time in an "intimate oceanfront ceremony" at SpringHill Suites in Panama City, Florida,

"We wanted to have a small and very intimate wedding, so we didn't have any groomsmen or bridesmaids," says Shannon. "All four of my girls walked me down to Justin, and his mom walked him down the aisle."

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Anna Cardwell

Anna Cardwell "Chickadee"
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June's eldest daughter, Anna Cardwell, nicknamed "Chickadee," was born on Aug. 28, 1994, when June was 15. Her father is David Dunn, June's ex-boyfriend (who never appeared on the show).

Anna also welcomed her first child as a teenager; her daughter Kaitlyn Elizabeth was born in 2012. Kaitlyn's biological father is unknown.

Anna married Michael Cardwell in 2014 and had daughter Kylee Madison in 2015. Anna and Michael separated in 2017.

In 2022, Anna posted on Instagram that she works at a car dealership.

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Jessica Shannon

Jessica Shannon "Chubbs"
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Jessica Shannon, nicknamed "Chubbs," is June's second-oldest daughter. June and former partner Michael Anthony Ford welcomed Jessica on Oct. 12, 1996.

(Ford is a convicted sex offender who served time for sexual exploitation of minors after being caught on To Catch a Predator in 2005. Few details are known about where he is today.)

Since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Jessica has appeared on an episode of Steve Harvey's Family Feud and Mama June's reality series, Mama June: From Not to Hot and Mama June: Road to Redemption.

She's very active on Instagram and often posts pictures of her weight loss journey. During a 2020 interview with Hollywood Life, Jessica admitted to spending $80,895 on a full-body makeover.

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Lauryn Efird

Lauryn Shannon “Pumpkin”
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Lauryn Efird, nicknamed "Pumpkin," is June's third oldest daughter, born on Jan. 7, 2000. Lauryn was raised to believe her biological father was Mark McDaniel.

TLC ended Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after news broke that June allegedly resumed her relationship with Mark, who was convicted of child molestation in 2004 and spent 10 years in prison.

In 2014, June's daughter Anna revealed that she was a survivor of McDaniel's assaults, which started when she was 8 years old. She told PEOPLE that he "would try and touch [her] and all that stuff" when he was dating her mother.

In 2014, June told ET that Lauryn's father is not McDaniel, but instead Michael Anthony Ford.

"Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica's dad has had nothing to do with her over the years," Shannon said. "So, why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? I lied to my family and told them it was somebody else."

Lauryn gave birth to daughter Ella Grace in December 2017 and son Bentley in July 2021, whom she shares with Joshua Efird. The pair wed in Las Vegas in 2018.

Since appearing on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Lauryn continued her reality run on Mama June: Road to Redemption and reunited with her mom after not seeing her for more than a year.

In June 2022, Lauryn was granted full custody of Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, PEOPLE confirmed.

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Alana Thompson

Alana Thompson "Honey Boo Boo"
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Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson is the youngest of June's four daughters, whom she and ex-partner Mike Thompson welcomed on Aug. 28, 2005.

Since Toddlers & Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Alana has appeared on several TV shows over the years including Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, The Masked Singer and Mama June: Road to Redemption.

She now lives with half-sister Lauryn, who has legal guardianship of Alana.

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Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson "Sugar Bear"
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Mike Thompson, nicknamed "Sugar Bear," is the father of Alana, whom he shares with June. The two never officially wed, but they exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony in May 2014.

It was announced in September of that year that Mike and June had split.

"Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship," June told TMZ at the time. "We are taking things day by day but regardless of what happens the girls will always be our #1 priority."

Since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Mike wed Jennifer Lamb in February 2017, but the two are no longer together.

Mike has also made appearances on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars and Mama June: Road to Redemption. Additionally, he is active on Instagram where he posts selfies and clips from the show.

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