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Oh, Mama June

Things have gotten messy for the 35-year-old reality TV star and mom to Honey Boo Boo after she was seen out and about with ex-boyfriend Mark McDaniel, a convicted child molester who sexually abused her own daughter when she was 8-years-old.

After being accused of resuming her relationship with the pedophile – who was recently released from prison after serving 10 years – Mama June and her entire family have been booted from television. Now she’s defending her actions in an intense interview with Entertainment Tonight‘s Brooke Anderson.

Here are a few excerpts from the sit-down with Mama June, who admits to never reading the court documents in which her daughter describes the abuse, but says she just wants to get “the truth out there:”

On Having Nothing To Hide:

“I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to lose,” Shannon told ET. “I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story and let’s move on.”

On Being Seen With McDaniel More Than Once:

However, according to Mama June, she has only seen McDaniel twice since his release, once at a coincidental meeting and the second time at an arranged meeting to give closure to her daughter Pumpkin, 14, who was raised believing McDaniel was her biological father.

“Since two months to almost six years, she knew nobody but him,” Shannon explained. “She was starting to resent Anna and she was starting to ask me questions. I can’t answer those questions for Pumpkin.”

On Pumpkin’s Real Dad:

Shannon also revealed for the first time her claim that Pumpkin’s biological father is also the father of her 18-year-old daughter Jessica. His name is Michael Anthony Ford, he is a convicted sex offender who served time for sexual exploitation of minors after being caught on To Catch a Predator in 2005.

“Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica’s dad has had nothing to do with her over the years,” Shannon said. “So, why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? I lied to my family and told them it was somebody else.”

On Understanding Why People Are Upset:

As for whether Mama June understands why people were so upset over her being seen with McDaniel, she says, “I understand that…and honestly it’s not like I’m seeing him everyday, I promise…I wanted to be able to give one of my other daughters closure and now Pumpkin is happy, that piece of our life is over.”

This is so disturbing. We will keep their family in our prayers.


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