Here's Why Honey Boo Doesn't Live With Her Mom Anymore

Here comes the tea on Honey Boo Boo. The reality TV star, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, most known for being a child beauty pageant contestant and following her family antics on the TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is still living with her half-sister, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon (via People). After a Disney vacation photo was posted to Pumpkin's Instagram account, one fan asked if Alana, 15, was "with her mom or with her dad" right now, to which Pumpkin replied, "she's still with me." 

Honey Boo Boo has been staying with her sister since her mother, June "Mama June" Shannon, was arrested for controlled substance possession back in 2019. Since then, Mama June's daughters have completely cut ties with the Mama June: Family Crisis star, according to E! Online. Alana even said in the season finale of Mama June: From Not to Hot that she was staying with her sister "not by choice," but because she's scared of living with her mom (via Entertainment Tonight). 

Honey Boo Boo is adjusting to life with her sister

Living with her sister hasn't been easy. Pumpkin and her husband, Joshua Efird, have basically been helping to raise the 15-year-old, while also caring for their 2-year-old daughter, Ella (via People). Going from taking care of a child to caring for a teenager has been an adjustment, as well. Pumpkin even revealed that being a "sister mom" is difficult and at the end of the day, Honey Boo Boo still needs her actual mom. 

Despite the damage that has been done, the family still has hopes to one day reunite, according to In Touch WeeklyIt seems like Mama June is working on herself to make that happen. In December, the reality star revealed that she was 11 months sober on Instagram, and hoped to work in a rehab facility one day (via Hollywood Life). A source told Hollywood Life that Mama June just "wants to get better for herself and her family." Hopefully, she can continue to do that, so that there's a happy ending with a family reunion for everyone involved.