“Mama” June Shannon, former star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has a new husband, Justin Stroud, and is not looking back on her painful past.
June Shannon, most well known for her appearance on the TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo as “Mama June,” is opening up about her new husband Justin Stroud. June and Justin got married secretly in a Georgia courthouse in the spring of 2022. Over the years, June has had her fair share of relationship troubles, but she has a new perspective following the secret marriage ceremony.
June’s first appearance on TLC was on Toddlers And Tiaras, with her daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. Following that, audiences got to know her and her family on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. During her time on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, June was with Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, who is Alana’s father. The two were not legally married, but the couple separated in 2014. Following the split, June began dating Geno Doak, which lead to a series of rough patches for the two, ranging from struggles with Geno’s drug use to custody battles resulting in June losing custody of Alana.
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While June has remained relatively quiet about her new man, she is now opening up about her feelings toward Justin. In an exclusive clip obtained by People, June said that she is “grateful for the person that [she] found.” She expressed that things with Justin are a stark contrast to her past with Geno, saying that her former relationship was “abusive.” She explained that her life with Geno was one of the darkest periods of her life. “I lost everything,” she said. “I went through about $250,000 of dope [cannabis] in four and a half months.” June said that her situation became so troubling at one point, “that my dope people were concerned — they didn’t want to give me dope.” She described her relationship with Geno as having been abusive mentally and physically.
“Justin is a lot different than Geno, Sugarbear, any other man who has been in my life,” explained the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star. She revealed that Justin has changed her outlook on love, saying “Honestly, he’s showin’ me how somebody can actually be treated good. He supports me in my recovery and whatever I wanna do.” Despite recounting old experiences with Geno and comparing the two relationships, June is not particularly interested in dwelling on the past, saying “I am trying so hard not to look in the past.”
June has certainly come a very long way since her appearance on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The road to recovery has not been an easy one for her, but it is one she has approached with a great deal of bravery. Things seem to be going well for June and Justin, and while everything in Mama June’s past may not be perfect, one can only hope the two will continue to try their best as they seem to have been doing so far.
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