Honey Boo Boo's 'Toughest Years': Deep Depression Amid Mom and Sister’s Custody Battle
Honey Boo Boo's 'Toughest Years': Deep Depression Amid Mom and Sister’s Custody Battle

The age of 14 to 16 was probably the toughest years for Alana Thompson. Honey Boo Boo talked about experiencing a “deep depression” during the years-long custody battle between her mom, Mama June Shannon, and sister Lauryn Efird.

On Wednesday, Alana shared a TikTok video on TikTok from her high school graduation. She wrote a caption, “[Fourteen to] 16 was probably some of the toughest years of my life [sic],”

“I had doubts that I would never even graduate. I was in [a] really bad deep depression throughout those years and honestly didn’t know what to do.”

She continued, “Today I look at myself and I realize that I’m actually at peace with my life right now, I’m so happy I can literally say that I graduated high school with a 3.0 [and] in [August] I will be going to my dream college to be a neonatal nurse.”

Earlier this month, mom Mama June Shannon and father Mike Thompson celebrated the achievement.

On May 20, Mom Mama June Shannon shared footage of the ceremony via Instagram and captioned, “I’m so proud of her she is our 2023 graduate and yes we were hollering the whole time WTG LANA.”

Alana shared a post on social media where she revealed that she will matriculate at Regis University in Denver in the fall after receiving a $21,000 scholarship. She said, “God, I’m so proud of myself … I’m not crying you are,”

Lauryn Efird filed for custody of her sibling

Now, the TLC pageant queen is with her big sister Lauryn Shannon. When mom Mama June was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The wife of Joshua Efird filed for custody of her sibling in December 2021 and was granted by a judge.

In May 2022, Mama June told Us Weekly that “It [is] always is a work in progress,” “I still understand where they’re at. … I was pissed off as hell [to start], but now that I’ve been in recovery, you know, I can [see] why they did the things that they did. We see each other. We talk. They know when they need me, I’m here.”

Alana told Teen Vogue, about the effects her mom’s drug addiction had on her life. She said, “A lot of folks in this world do not realize how many people are actually really affected by drug and alcohol [use] … It’s something I’d wish on nobody, for real,”

She added, “When my mama got real bad with her [drug use], I didn’t know where I was going to end up. I’m proud of myself for how far I’ve come.”

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