The older sister of reality TV star Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Shannon has come out as bisexual and in the process outed her mother as bisexual as well.
‘She is gay, too! June is gay, too!’ 15-year-old Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Shannon said of Mama June during an interview with Inside Edition.
June ‘Mama June’ Shannon chimed in to correct her daughter: ‘Bisexual.’
‘I’m not going to lie, I played in the minors but never went pro,’ she added.
By not going pro, she means that while she has been with women physically, she has never had a relationship with one.
Of potential backlash from the revelations, June says: ‘I look at it this way, haters are going to hate.’
She later elaborated in a chat with TMZ ‘It’s no big deal, I was young and experimented with it, never went pro though just played the minor leagues.’
As for the future, she doesn’t know if it will ultimately be with a man or a woman.
‘It’s open season. I will keep ALL my options open.’
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo featured the family of the child beauty pageant contestant who originally rose to fame on TLC’s reality series Toddlers & Tiaras.
Alana Thompson’s attitude toward her gay paternal uncle Lee ‘Poodle’ was praised during the show’s three season run. In discussing her uncle the child had famously said: ‘Ain’t nothing wrong with bein’ a little gay.’
The show, primarily filmed in and around their rural hometown of McIntyre, Georgia, was canceled last year amid reports that Mama June was again seeing a former boyfriend convicted of child molestation.