Over the years, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson's family — including her mom "Mama June" Shannon, and her three older sisters — has seen a couple of different reality shows on different networks, and many of the family members have remained in the spotlight.
While June's daughters, Alana, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Efird, and Jessica Shannon, have maintained a close-knit relationship — the same can't be said for Anna "Chickadee" Caldwell, who has lived her life under wraps since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's cancellation.
The family has faced their face share of obstacles since they made their television debut. However, they were faced with one of their biggest challenges yet in early 2023, when Anna was diagnosed with cancer. So, how is Anna's relationship with her sisters today?
Mama June said that Anna's health troubles played a part in bringing her family back together. Read for what else the WE tv reality star said in her exclusive interview with Distractify ...
Do Mama June's four daughters still talk to each other? Mama June brought us up to speed.
While Mama June has a history of being estranged from her daughters, their relationship has improved tremendously since Mama June first started her road to redemption. In 2023, Mama June, Alana, Jessica, and Pumpkin work together to take Anna to treatment.
"Me and Justin, we take her to treatments [during] the week. Then throughout the week, Pumpkin and Alana will come up, and then Jessica will come up one week," June told Distractify.
Additionally, June's husband, Justin Stroud, and Anna's longtime boyfriend, Eldridge Toney, have stepped up to offer their support following Anna's diagnosis.
"No other family members are there during this time, and they have to live with that — not me [nor] Justin, [nor] the girls have to live with that. The other family members have to live with that at the end of the day," June explained.
The family's dynamic has seen a major shift since Pumpkin's 2022 interview with Distractify, which shed some light on her and Anna's relationship.
At the time, she and Anna were on good terms, but not exactly BFFs. "I'm not, like, super close to her," Pumpkin told us. "Not [close] like me and Jessica and Alana are, but we do talk."
Pumpkin and Mama June also have a complicated relationship.
When we spoke to Mama June in May 2022, ahead of the Season 6 premiere of Mama June: Road to Redemption, she shared that her relationship with her daughters was "on the mend."
Pumpkin told us that she rarely saw her mother and that June moved to Alabama with Justin. She also said that she hasn't seen her since June visited her in the hospital after the May 2022 birth of her twins. However, things have clearly changed since then.
Does Pumpkin talk to Sugar Bear?
Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson was briefly part of the family's WeTV show. He appeared in Season 1 of Mama June: From Not to Hot as the inspiration for June's transformation. At the time. June planned to lose weight and show up at his wedding with a brand new look to rub in his face.
Since then, though, the show has evolved quite a bit, and Sugar Bear is no longer part of it. Pumpkin told us in 2022 that Sugar Bear is also no longer part of her life.
"There's no relationship there," she shared.
When fans first met Sugar Bear on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, it was understood that he was Alana's birth father, but more of a step-dad figure to Pumpkin, Jessica, and Anna. And now, it seems, none of the sisters have contact with him.
Instead, Pumpkin has been able to build her own family, which includes remaining close to her sisters and being a mom to Alana.
Watch Mama June: Road to Redemption on Fridays at 9 p.m. EST on WeTV.