Mama June’s daughter Pumpkin has accused the troubled matriarch of lying to her kids about a very shocking major decision.
In an interview with E! News, Pumpkin revealed that she had no knowledge of her mother’s marriage to her boyfriend Justin Stroud prior to or after it happened.
Mama June, 42, and Justin Stroud, 34, were secretly wed in May of this year.
Pumpkin admitted that “[she] didn’t know about it,” and found out only when she “got a receipt in [her] PO Box that said [June] had applied for a marriage certificate.”
The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo alum then stated, “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.”
When asked if she was upset about missing the ceremony, Pumpkin responded that “if she feels like we don’t need to be a part of that…then it is what it is.”
June’s youngest daughter Alana, publically known as Honey Boo Boo, told E! that she didn’t think her mother would ever remarry after her split from Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.
“It definitely did catch me by surprise because Mama was always one to say she would never get married.”
The TLC star then confessed, “But I mean, my mom now, she’s definitely different.”
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On May 31, 2022, The Sun exclusively revealed that Mama June and Justin Stroud secretly tied the knot.
The reality TV couple held their nuptials at a Georgia courthouse.
A clerk from the courthouse confirmed that the actual ceremony took place a week before on Monday, May 23, 2022.
The mother of four revealed to the publication of her relationship with her boyfriend: “We’ve known each other going on a year now.”
“We were best friends and we decided to take it to the next step in the last eight months.”
The grandmother of six further shared: “It’s been amazing like you know, he’s helped put the pieces back together.”
“Justin is an amazing person and he understands everything I’ve been going through.”
“I’ve been able to share stuff with him that I’ve never been able to share with other people – not even my kids and so it’s really nice to have that partnership.”
Their marriage follows engagement reports from months earlier.
The reality star and the mechanic first sparked romance rumors in October 2021 after a series of Instagram posts from Mama June featured a faceless male who she referred to as her “new boo.”
A couple of months later in December, The Sun revealed the mystery man’s identity to be Alabama mechanic Justin Stroud.
THE DAUGHTERS TAKE
Mama June is a mother to her four daughters, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efrid, Jessica “Chubs” Shannon, and Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell.
To promote the sixth season of Mama June: Road to Redemption, June went into detail about her personal life during an interview with The Sun.
The reality star referenced her past relationship with ex-boyfriend Geno Doak and spoke candidly about how it affected her daughters’ views on her romance with Justin.
She told the publication: “The girls were at first standoffish with him.”
“I mean I did just come out of a serious domestic situation, in a toxic situation, and the girls had to deal with all of that.”
She disclosed Honey Boo Boo and Pumpkin’s thoughts on the matter: “Then fast forward to six months later, almost eight months later, getting into this new relationship, that was jarring for them at first.”
“They all get along now, I mean, he’s been [on] a couple of family adventures with us and we hang out as a family. They don’t have a problem with him.”
June recently lost custody of her youngest daughter when a Georgia judge awarded sole custody of Alana to her sister Pumpkin.
In the final order issued in April 2022, the judge wrote that Pumpkin “has had guardianship of the minor child since April 29, 2019.
“It is in the best interest of the child that the plaintiff is awarded sole custody.”
The judge ordered June to pay $800 in monthly child support to Pumpkin, beginning on May 1, 2022, and to continue on the 1st of every month until Alana turns 18 years old.
Pumpkin now has the right to make the day-to-day care decisions for Alana, and she has the sole decision-making authority for major decisions as well.
Additionally, the 22-year-old mother of four will have the discretion to allow “visitation between the defendant [June] and the minor [Alana].”
In the ruling, the judge noted that both parties had agreed to the arrangement that was set forth in the document.
The young mother also just gave birth to twins earlier this month, as The Sun first reported.
Josh Efird, 25, and Pumpkin certainly have their hands full, with son Bentley, 10 months, daughter Ella, 4, Alana, and their newborn twins.