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10 Things You Might Not Know About Reality Star Mama June

by Grace Eire
Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.

Reality TV has become quite the sensation in our day and age.

It seems that under the right circumstances, just about anyone can become a star if they’re willing to have their lives filmed at all hours of the day.

For Mama June and her unconventional family, her shot at fame came after her daughter, Alana (also known as Honey Boo Boo), starred in Toddlers & Tiaras. The network recognized the charisma of the entire family and knew that they deserved their very own TV show.

What people love about June Shannon (yes, that’s her real, full name) and her family is that they aren’t the type of family you would normally see on television. They are not conventional, they didn’t come from money, and they don’t really care so much about coming off as prim and polite. In fact, they seem to be the exact opposite.

Mama June and her daughters Alana, Lauryn, Jessica, and Anna all found themselves in an unexpected spotlight. In fact, they have stayed there since June made a complete lifestyle change and lost a ton of weight.

Yet, even under such a bright light, there are things some folks may not know about Mama June. Did you know any of these 10 facts?

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1. She Became A Grandmother At Age 32

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Mama June’s oldest daughter, Anna Shannon, had baby Kaitlyn when she was 18 years old, making June a proud grandmother.

2. She Comes From A Very Small Town

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McIntyre, Georgia, had a population of just 650 people in 2010. If you thought you came from a small town, think again!

3. She Had Childhood Cataracts

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Mama June suffers very poor vision to this day. The untreated cataracts in childhood left her eyes so bad that surgery might make it even worse. So, she just squints to see faraway words and numbers.

4. She Doesn't Have A Driver's License

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Due to her poor eyesight, it’s best that Mama June stay off the road.

5. She's Seen A Hypnotist For A Fear Of Mayo

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June has had a fear of mayonnaise stemming from her childhood. Like many folks with irrational fears, she went to see a hypnotist to try and overcome her fear. Unfortunately, the treatment didn’t sit very well with June, much like the condiment she so fears.

6. She Is Worth $1 Million

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mama June is worth $1 million, thanks to the success of her reality TV shows and everything that comes along with being a reality TV star.

7. She Lost 150 Pounds

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She lost the weight through a combination of gastric sleeve surgery and holding herself accountable for maintaining a healthier lifestyle and exercising regularly.

8. She And Her Daughters Are A Team

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During her weight-loss journey, her daughters Alana (Honey Boo Boo) and Lauryn (Pumpkin) joined in. The family ate healthier foods in smaller portions, and went on walks together to help each other attain a healthier lifestyle.

9. She's Been Praised By Mother Nature Network

9. She's Been Praised By Mother Nature Network

Mother Nature Network has praised Mama June for the frugal way she supports her family, such as coupon-cutting and saving from bingo winnings.

10. She And "Sugar Bear" Have Moved On

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Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson is now married to another woman, with whom he is very happy. After trying to repair the relationship with June, the two decided to call it quits. The pair that America grew to love won’t be reuniting, though both are still fully invested in daughter, Honey Boo Boo.

Did you know these things about Mama June? Sometimes life can get complicated, and you’ve got to give it the best you’ve got. Please SHARE if you think Mama June is headed in the right direction!