Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo: From Toddler Star to Teenage Life

Alana Thompson, also known as Honey Boo Boo, captured the hearts of fans around the world when she appeared on the reality shows “Toddlers & Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Now, at 17 years old, Alana is all grown up, but fans can’t help but remember the sassy little girl they fell in love with.

The Thompson family became famous overnight, thanks to the entertaining antics between Alana and her mother, June Shannon. Their show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” gave viewers a glimpse into their everyday lives and quickly became a hit. However, the unconventional lifestyle portrayed on the show drew criticism from some fans, particularly regarding the family’s eating habits and certain inappropriate actions.

Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson at "Extra" at The Grove in Los Angeles, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

Unfortunately, the show was abruptly canceled after allegations emerged about June Shannon’s boyfriend engaging in child endangerment. TLC, the network that aired the show, made the decision to cancel it to prioritize the well-being of the children involved. Despite its popularity, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” never returned to the screen.

Since the show’s cancellation, the Thompson family has faced their fair share of scandals and controversies. June Shannon has battled addiction and even abandoned her family during the production of her own spin-off show, “Mama June: From Not to Hot.” In 2019, both June and her then-boyfriend, Geno Doak, were arrested for domestic violence and drug possession.

June Shannon and Alana Thompson spotted out at The Grove in Los Angeles, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

Following her mother’s troubles, Alana moved in with her older sister, Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Efird. The decision was not made by choice but out of necessity. Alana had witnessed her mother’s dangerous behavior and made the brave choice to live with her sister. It was a difficult time for Alana, as she expressed her fear and concern for her own well-being.

Despite the challenges, Alana has found stability and happiness under the care of her sister. She is grateful to Pumpkin for being a strong maternal figure and providing her with a safe environment. Alana’s other siblings also continue to maintain a good relationship with their mother, June Shannon.

Recently, Alana made headlines again when she announced her plans to undergo a weight loss surgical procedure called a suture sculpt endoscopic sleeve. The decision comes after her previous attempts to lose weight through exercise and a healthy diet proved unsuccessful. Supported by her sister and her boyfriend, Dralin Carswell, Alana is determined to achieve her weight loss goals.

While Alana’s family is supportive of her decision, her mother, June Shannon, has voiced her concern, suggesting that Alana should wait until she turns 18 to undergo the procedure. Regardless, Alana remains focused on her own well-being and is unbothered by the opinions of others.

Despite the challenges she has faced, Alana is making the most of her teenage years. She is in a loving relationship with Dralin Carswell, and the two share a strong bond. Although their age difference initially garnered criticism, Alana’s family fully supports their relationship and considers Dralin to be a part of the family.

Alana and Dralin recently attended their high school prom together, creating lasting memories. However, hateful comments about Alana’s appearance and weight followed the joyous occasion. Alana’s mother, June Shannon, quickly shut down rumors that Alana was pregnant and clarified that her daughter’s focus is on graduating high school and pursuing a career as a neonatal nurse.

Despite the negativity she faces, Alana remains determined and focused. She has graduated from high school and is ready to embark on her journey into adulthood. With the support of her loving family, Alana is ready to take on the world and make her mark.