Mama June came to our screens, as something of a comedic figure, on smash-hit TLC series, Toddlers in Tiaras, but in recent years, her life has somewhat deteriorated.
Mama June has always struggled with choosing a good partner, having previously been romantically entangled with alleged child molesters, one of whom has been accused of abusing her own daughter.
Her struggles with drugs and abusive relationships have spiraled out of control, and her most recent public appearance has caused a lot of concern.
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Mama June rose to fame for slightly odd reasons.
via: InstagramShe first hit our screens in 2011, with Mama June, whose real name is June Shannon, taking her then-five-year-old daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, on the pageant circuit in the state of Georgia.
In spite of her relatively humble beginnings, Honey Boo Boo managed to dominate the scene.Her victories, coupled with her outgoing personality and strange family, meant that the Shannons got a spin-off show in 2012, called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The show centered purely around the Shannon family.
But, alongside Alana, there was another true star.Mama June quickly became infamous, thanks to her down-to-earth personality, lack of boundaries, and propensity for gross-out humor.
Mama June was something of a divisive character.But what not many people know is that she faced a difficult life up until she managed to achieve reality television fame.
Born in 1979, Mama June had had an undeniably tough childhood - and early adulthood, too.Thanks to childhood cataracts that remained untreated, June is legally blind. She also became pregnant with her first child at just fourteen years old, forcing her to drop out of high school.
For a while, it seemed like things were getting better for Mama June.
via: Getty ImagesThe success of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo seemed to be Mama June's and the Shannon family's ticket out of their redneck lifestyle - and they seemed keen to take it.
Mama June grabbed fame with both hands.
via: ShutterstockShe'd long struggled with her weight, her heaviest topping the scales at over four hundred and thirty pounds. She underwent bariatric surgery, including the fitting of a sleeve gastrectomy in 2016, allowing her to lose more than three hundred pounds.
Her transformation allowed Mama June to acquire her own reality show.
via: InstagramMama June: From Not To Hot aired in 2017, and followed Mama June on her new diet and exercise regimen, plus her spending of over $75,000 on cosmetic surgery.
A large area of controversy in Mama June's life concerns her romantic affairs.
via: Getty ImagesHer relationship with Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson fell apart, partially as a result of the show. But, even worse, Mama June had a nasty habit of dating alleged child molesters. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled in 2017 after Mama June rekindled her romance with Mark McDaniel, who allegedly sexually abused the eldest Shannon child, Anna.
But her latest romance may be her most problematic yet.
via: InstagramIn 2017, June began dating Eugene "Geno" Doak. Doak is a felon, with charges for burglary, theft, and drug possession, plus has spent time in a psychiatric facility.
Since the two began dating, Mama June has been on a downward spiral.
"Mama June arrested in Alabama for having crack cocaine" was a sentence I always figured I'd write... it was just a… https://t.co/d3pe6tLF1S— Beth (@Beth)1553028083.0
June's relationship has been a very big cause for concern.
via: Getty ImagesBoth the Shannon family and the general public are worried about how her association with Doak will eventually cause June's life to spiral even further out of control.
In May, the family staged an intervention.In heartbreaking footage, Honey Boo Boo tells her mother that she wants to come back home, but can't feel safe there so long as June continues her relationship with Doak.
Fans noticed something else, too.
Mama June's teeth are rotting and she looks to be in a desperate state https://t.co/e4rgV5z3S2— TMZ (@TMZ)1558647900.0
June appears to be attempting to keep up a pretense of everything being fine.
via: InstagramBut her Instagram comments are overloaded with concerned members of the public begging her to get help - and to be a better mother to her daughters.
And her recent appearances are doing nothing to assuage public fear.
via: InstagramMama June has been avoiding the cameras for a while - likely because she knows that there won't be any good to come from her descent being documented. But she has recently been spotted out with boyfriend, Geno Doak.
And the images that paparazzi took of the pair were very worrying.
via: InstagramThe 2 looked very much like a couple in the grips of major drug addiction. Both were stumbling around and it appeared that Mama June couldn't keep her eyes open.
The 2 were grabbing lunch in Hampton, Georgia.
via: TwitterAnd as they left the Mexican eatery, June's disheveled appearance - plus the blank look in her eyes - has left many fearing for her wellbeing.
There was another sign that all was not well.
via: TwitterJune has yet to fix her broken and rotted teeth - meaning they've been in this state for at least 3 months, and likely longer. For someone who had a whole television show about her physical transformation, this seems pretty strange.
It seems that June is losing the will to care...
via: TMZOver the weekend amongst the Black Friday chaos, June was spotted yet again with Geno in a casino.
They were both looking a little worse for wear...
via: TMZThe pair were spotted on Friday night at Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and Casino in Cherokee, NC... each with a drink in hand and looking very disheveled.
June and Geno have been living out of hotels for the last few months.
via: InstagramIt was reported that June sold her home for $100,000 in cash earlier this year after falling out with her family and her neighbors.
June's family life is now non-existent.
via: Instagram"None of her daughters are talking to her at this point, including Alana," a source told E!. "They’ve cut her off."