Former child star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is proud that she graduated from high school amid her family’s custody drama.
“[Age 14 to] 16 was probably one of the hardest years of my life [sic],” the Toddlers & Tiaras alum, 17, captioned a TikTok video from Wednesday, May 24, of her graduation ceremony. “I doubted that I would never graduate. I was in [a] very very deep depression during those years and honestly didn’t know what to do.
She added: “Today I look at myself and realize I’m actually at peace with my life right now, I’m so happy I can literally say I graduated high school with a 3.0 [and] in [August] I am going to my dream school to become a neonatology nurse.”
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Thompson – who is the daughter of Mama June Shannon and her ex Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson — celebrated her educational achievement earlier this month.
“I am so proud of her. She is our 2023 graduate and yes we were [sic] yelling all the time. WTG LANA,” Mama June Shannon, 43, wrote via Instagram on May 20, sharing footage from the ceremony. “AND YOU KNOW I SCREAMED WORK THE SMOOCIE ONE LAST TIME. … WE HAVE ALL BEEN SHOUTING ALL THE TIME.”
In her social media post on Wednesday, Alana revealed that she will be enrolling at Regis University in Denver in the fall after receiving a $21,000 scholarship. “God I’m so proud of myself… I’m not crying, you are,” the former TLC pageant queen added.
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The Here comes Honey Boo Boo alum moved in with big sister Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, now 23, in 2019 after Mama June was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Lauryn, who is married to Joshua Efirdfiled for custody of her sibling in December 2021, which was granted by a judge.
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“[Our relationship is] always a work in progress,” the reality TV matriarch shared exclusively Us weekly in May 2022. “I still understand where they stand. … I was furious as hell [to start]but now that i’m recovering, you know, i can [see] why they did the things they did. We see eachother. We talk. They know when they need me, I’m here.”
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Mama June was convicted in August 2021 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. The Mama June: From not to hot personality – with whom shares daughters Lauryn and Jessica Michael Anthony Ford and daughter Anna with David Dunn — has since become sober. Mum June Wed Justin Stroud in June 2022 and renewed her vows in February in a ceremony attended by all of her daughters.
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