‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ star Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Shannon is denying that her mom, June, is dating a convicted sex offender, a horrifying claim that was reported on Oct. 23. In fact, Lauryn claims that Mark McDaniel is her mom’s ex and they haven’t seen nor talked to each other in 10 years!
As the future of TLC’s reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo hangs in the balance after it was revealed that “Mama June” Shannon, 35, is reportedly dating a child molester, her daughter, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, has come to her defense!
Mama June Dating Sex Offender? — Daughter Denies Romance: New Pic Photoshopped
Lauryn, 14, opened up about her mom’s relationship with Mark McDaniel in hopes of setting the record straight.
“The story is not true. My mom left Mark 10 years ago,” she told Radar Online, adding, “They haven’t seen nor talked [to each other] in 10 years.”
What’s strange is that TMZ obtained a photo of allegedly taken a month ago of the Mama June snuggling up to Mark, 53, in a hotel bed. Lauryn, however, claims the evidence is photoshopped! (See it here.)
After separating from Mike ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson last month, Mama June is enjoying the single life, according to Lauryn.
“She is all about the kids. She only needs us girls, no-one else,” Lauryn said. “We are all sticking together as one happy family with us four girls.”
Mama June is also mom to Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, 9, Jessica “Chubs” Shannon, 17, and Anna “Chickadee” Shannon Cardwell, 20.
Mama June Now Dating Convicted Child Molester — Report
According to reports, Mark McDaniel is a registered sex offender in the reality show’s home state of Georgia.
Mark reportedly got out of prison in March after he was convicted in 2004 of aggravated child molestation.
Mama June has been dating her ex for the last few months, claims TMZ. According to the site, the aformentioned photo is proof of their liaisons.
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— Chris Rogers