The 15 Wild Highs & Lows of Mama June & Sugar Bear's Relationship

Kayla Boyd | Jul 13, 2018 Celebrities
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Fans have gotten to know Mama June Shannon and her family over the years on various reality shows -- including Toddlers & Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Marriage Boot Camp, and most recently, Mama June: From Not to Hot. Getting to know Mama June means seeing the insane ups and downs of her relationship with her ex, Mike Thompson, a.k.a. Sugar Bear. To say that the couple has had some rough times would be an understatement. From quickly falling for each other and having a daughter together, to a kind-of-sort-of wedding ceremony, separation, and an ugly custody battle, fans never know what is going to go down next in this family.

Though many of us miss the days of their 2013 camo print ceremony, things have drastically changed since then. Sugar Bear is now remarried, and Mama June has a boyfriend. Still, a lot of intense arguments have kept these two in a not-so-friendly place -- but that's not stopping fans and nosy folk alike from taking a walk down memory lane. (All families have their struggles ... they just aren't plastered for all to see on national television!)

Here are 15 of the insane ups and downs of Mama June and Sugar Bear's relationship.

  • One Chat Away

    1

    Mama June met Sugar Bear in an online chat room in 2004. Apparently, they had only been talking for a few hours before June invited him over.

    Obviously, things went pretty well.

  • 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

    2

    In August 2005, the couple welcomed their daughter, Alana Thompson, a.k.a. the fabulous Honey Boo Boo! We're guessing they knew at an early age that the sassy little girl would be a star. 

  • Popping the Question

    3

    In 2012, Sugar Bear finally decided to ask June to marry him. He proposed on their show, Here Comes Honey Boo, in front of Alana and June's other daughters. (Aww.)

  • The 'Commitment Ceremony'

    4

    In 2013, June and Sugar Bear weren't exactly legally wed. They did, however, have a "commitment ceremony." In true Mama June fashion, she wore a poofy camo-print dress with a big orange ribbon.

  • Splitsville

    5

    By 2014, things were already heading south. Mama June accused Sugar Bear of cheating on her, resulting in the pair calling it quits.

  • 'Marriage Boot Camp'

    6

    The couple tried to work things out and starred in season six of Marriage Boot Camp, which aired in 2015. However, June and Sugar Bear decided they couldn't fix things and remained separated.

  • Sugar Bear's New Boo

    7

    That was fast! Sugar Bear officially moved on from Mama June by dating his now wife Jennifer Lamb (there are whispers Jennifer was Sugar Bear's mistress that broke up his marriage with June) for a couple years before tying the knot in 2017.

  • Dating a Sex Offender Backlash

    8

    It was reported back in 2014 that Mama June was dating a convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel, who had just been released from prison after a 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting one of the reality star's children. (Yikes!) Mark was convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004, amid claims one of June's daughters watched one of her sisters getting molested.

    Obviously, news Mama June rekindled a romance with Mark sent shock waves, causing her family's reality show to immediately get canceled. It also caused a snag in June's relationship with Sugar Bear as he said he was "hurt" Mama June would allow a sex offender around Honey Boo Boo.


  • June Accuses Sugar Bear of Abuse

    9

    Last year, Mama June accused Sugar Bear of being abusive. "There's a lot of stuff that was hid for many years," the reality star mom told Wendy Williams about Sugar Bear getting physical. "Pumpkin's [injured] eye was his fault. The car wreck. Several things that happened on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo were covered up was because of him."

  • Fighting for Visitation Rights

    10

    One of the biggest sore spots between Mama June and Sugar Bear is his lack of visitation rights when it comes to Honey Boo Boo. "In the state of Georgia, if you've not been declared [Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson's] legal father, you have no rights to her," Sugar Bear's attorney told him during a January 2018 episode. "You have just as much rights to her as I do." Sugar Bear at the time allegedly did not see his daughter, Honey Boo Boo, for months, which pushed him to consider legal action against Mama June.

  • DNA Test Please

    11

    As if Sugar Bear's fight to get more time with Honey Boo Boo wasn't complicated enough, his wife Jennifer Lamb pushed for a DNA test to prove the teen reality star was actually his child.  "Alana might be Mike's," Lamb told June's sister-in-law, Janice, during a From Not to Hot episode in January.

    "I know I will love Mike's child just like I love mine, but that lawyer said something that keeps sticking in my mind. If it turns out that Alana's not his, June Shannon will be out of my life forever. And I sure in the hell ain't paying child support for a kid that's not Mike's. When [Mike] was with June, he was working a lot of nights. So I want to do a DNA test."

    Yeah, something like this definitely won't help the tension between Sugar Bear and Mama June.
  • Mama June vs. Jennifer Lamb

    12

    In January 2018, Mama June and Sugar Bear's new wife got into an altercation after Jennifer showed up at June's house unannounced to defend her man. According to Mike and Jen, Mama June had been preventing them from from seeing Honey Boo Boo which caused a strain on their already volatile relationship.

  • Sugar Bear Goes Off 

    13

    In February 2018, fans saw a recording of Sugar Bear going off on Mama June. In the clip, he is fuming over not being able to see his daughter. He said, "I hate it when you act like a damn stupid woman like you are. I don't know what the hell you think you're trying to pull. I knew I couldn't trust you to keep up your end of the deal."

  • Honey Boo Boo Runs Away

    14

    Around the same time, Honey Boo Boo ran away from her mom to spend time with her dad. Since June and Mike had been going through a pretty rough custody battle, this was definitely a cause for concern.

  • Mediation 

    15

    A recent video clip from Mama June: From Not to Hot showed Mama June and Sugar Bear arguing over their custody arrangement for Honey Boo Boo. They can't seem to agree at all.

    Hopefully things get better soon, for Honey Boo Boo's sake! 

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