Mama June Defends Alana « Honey Boo Boo » Thompson’s Relationship

Mama June Defends Alana « Honey Boo Boo » Thompson’s Relationship

Mama June shared that her daughter Alana « Honey Boo Boo » Thompson has received « a lot of hate » for her relationship with Dralin Carswell. Find out the reason why below.

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June « Mama June » Shannon is telling haters to back off her daughter Alana « Honey Boo Boo » Thompson‘s relationship.  

The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star, 42, told TooFab that her daughter, 16, has received « a lot of hate » online after unveiling her relationship with college student Dralin Carswell, 20, on Instagram last September.  

Mama June’s take? « She’s getting a lot of hate because she’s in an interracial relationship. » Mama June added that she’s met Dralin and the couple have been « together for over a year » now.  

The reality TV star also shut down negativity about the couple’s 4-year age gap by comparing the pair’s romance to her eldest daughter, Lauren « Pumpkin » Shannon, 22, and now-husband Joshua Efird‘s relationship. (The legal age of consent is 16 years old in Georgia.) 

« [Dralin] is older but, at the end of the day, Alana’s not that 6/7-year-old child y’all fell in love with 11 years ago, » Mama June said. « People need to realize that she’s going to be 17 in August and that Pumpkin and Josh were the same age as they were. » 

Mama June concluded, « Alana has grown up. She’s graduating high school next year, guys! » 

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This isn’t the first time Mama June has publicly defended her daughter’s relationship status. Last November, she told Daily Pop that Dralin was « respectful » and a « good guy. »

« They’ve been together almost a year, and they talked a little bit before that, » Mama June said at the time. « He is respectful. He treats her good. He kind of helps out, you know, with the family whenever needed to be. I don’t have a problem with him. »

In September, Alana confirmed her relationship with Dralin by posting a photo on Instagram of them together at a pumpkin patch with the caption, « Spooky season. » It has since been deleted.

« Dralin and Alana are attached at the hip and hang out together all the time, » a source told The Sun at the time. « He was quiet at first, but he’s like one of the family now. He’s just as fun and crazy as the rest of them. » 

And they’re still going strong! On April 16, Alana posted a sweet photo set of the pair on Instagram wearing matching t-shirts while holding hands at the park together.  

She wrote, « Park dates with you are the best. » 

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