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How Alana Thompson's Life Completely Changed After Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Ended

TheThings 1/28/2023 Cailyn Cox

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  • How Is Alana Thompson Changing Her Lifestyle For The Better?
  • Why Did Mama June Lose Custody Of Alana Thompson?
  • Is Alana Thompson In A Relationship?

Alana Thompson also known as Honey Boo Boo became a celebrity from a young age due to her lively character and outspoken personality, coupled with the interesting lifestyle of her family. She was not your standard pageant competitor on the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras, and it was only a matter of time before she would become the star of her show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The TLC show followed the life of Thompson and her family from 2012 until 2017 when the show was abruptly canceled. Reports suggested this was due to Mama June Shannon's association with a convict.

In the years that have followed, Alana Thompson has grown up a lot, and she is now in her teens. Not having her show also means that her life is not documented in the way that it used to be. But that does not mean Thompson has disappeared from the limelight completely. Here is what she has been up to.

How Is Alana Thompson Changing Her Lifestyle For The Better?

Alana Thompson grew up in a family that had many financial struggles, they are also known to have made poor decisions regarding food and nutrition. Thompson is trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle in recent years. She is believed to be making better choices with her food and has increased her exercise.

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It is no secret that Thompson has struggled with her weight since she was a child and in 2022 it was reported that she intended to undergo surgery to help her slim down. Her manager, Gina Rodriguez, revealed the news to TMZ, explaining that the surgery, which is believed to be a suture sculpt endoscopic sleeve from doctor Steven Batash, will be scheduled for just after her 17th birthday.

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It is not just her health that has been a focus for Thompson, who no longer likes to be referred to as Honey Boo Boo, she is also focused on her education. She has worked hard to achieve good grades. In a 2021 interview with Teen Vogue, she commented on her goals for the future, saying, "I want to be the best I can be, and I want to make my money, and I also want to make straight A's, so I just try my hardest."

Thompson's life has not been easy, and her mother's struggles with substances had a profound effect on her. "It's very, very hard. It's something I'd wish on nobody, for real," she told Teen Vogue. She added, "I'm proud of myself for how far I've come."

Why Did Mama June Lose Custody Of Alana Thompson?

Alana Thompson's made significant changes to her life. She no longer lives with her mother, June Shannon, who lost custody after a series of bad decisions, her arrest, and personal struggles.

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Thompson has been cared for by her sister, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, who was recently granted sole custody of her until she turns 18. According to People Magazine, Mama June is still allowed to have daily contact with Thompson via telephone, and her daughter, Lauryn, can determine visitation. June will continue to pay $800 in child support.

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Lauryn has stepped up for her sister and reports suggest Mama June has not always been present in their lives. When she got married to Justin Stroud in 2022, she didn't even inform her daughters.

"We didn't know about it," Lauryn told E! News. "I actually got a receipt in my PO Box that said she had applied for a marriage certificate. Then I asked her about it just recently. She denied it. And then eventually she was like, 'Oh, I got married' and we were very, very shocked."

Alana also commented on the marriage, saying, "It definitely did catch me by surprise because Mama was always one to say she would never get married. But I mean, my mom now, she's definitely different."

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June's actions have upset her daughters and Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon has made her disdain public. People Magazine notes how in an episode of Mama June: Road to Redemption, Lauryn took aim at her mother's decisions, including her partying and how she was "blowing money" on unnecessary things. "You have wasted all this money," she added. "Like, what about the care that it takes to take care of Alana?... I wouldn't even let Alana go over there and visit without me."

Is Alana Thompson In A Relationship?

Another change in Alana Thompson's private life is that she now has a boyfriend, and she is dating a man named Dralin Carswell who is a college student, and several years older than her. It is a relationship that makes Thompson feel content, and she spoke about it in an interview with E! News. "He's very loving for sure," she explained. "He's very affectionate at certain times. There's a lot of stuff about him that I like. I'm very, very happy."

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Things appear to be going well for Thompson, and she is now in her senior year. She reflected on this moment and shared her thoughts with fans on social media. "I've had so many disadvantages along the way, but I've never let that stop me. I have so many people to thank for pushing me & making sure my head was on straight (sic)." She also explained how there were moments in her life when she felt like giving up, but continued to push on, and she is so glad she did. Thompson is incredibly proud of herself and her achievements. She also has big plans for the future and wants to become a neonatal nurse.

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Despite a challenging childhood and being thrust into the limelight from a very young age, Alana Thompson has managed to find herself, away from the fame of her TLC show. She has grown into a young woman she is proud of, and with the help and support of her sister, she appears to be focused on being the best version of herself she can be.

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