Your significant other has probably called you Honey Boo Boo and you had no idea where it came from, you probably liked it and smiled sheepishly at the sweetness or you knew where it came from because, for some reason, you follow child beauty pageants.
Either way, Honey Boo Boo is a phrase you are semi-familiar with. But what’s the origin of the phrase? Want to learn more? Tag along, here are a few things to know about Honey Boo Boo.
Honey Boo Boo – Real Name and Rise to Fame
Did you know her real name is Alana Thompson and that her TV show was cancelled because her mother was dating a sex offender?
Honey Boo Boo is the nickname of child sensation, Alana Frances Thompson. She was born on 28 August 2005 to the Thompson family as the fourth and youngest child. Her rise to fame started on a popular television show, Toddlers & Tiaras, on TLC.
Boo’s rise to fame came off her sassiness. She quickly became a fan favourite and the rest of her family were rewarded by their own TV show for it. On Toddlers & Tiaras, the Shannons, especially, Alana’s outgoing persona and humorous comments stole the attention of many. She dropped several catchphrases during the show such as ‘a dollar makes me holler’ which became the subject of popular internet memes.
The Shannons own TV show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo shared the same popularity. It was a successful show until it was cancelled due to her mother’s involvement with a sex offender.
The show was a window to the life of the Thompson family outside the world of pageantry. It ran for four seasons before getting cancelled in the middle of filming the fifth instalment.
Honey Boo Boo has currently grown from just TV to social media. She runs an Instagram account and has over one million followers. Meanwhile, she still appears on her mother’s reality television show, Mama June: From Not to Hot. Alana’s celebrity life has extended beyond child pageantry. She has appeared on other shows such as Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and currently stars on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
At just a young age, Alana Thompson has stirred quite a string of controversies, most notably on Toddlers & Tiaras, where June Thompson, her mother was filmed giving Honey Boo Boo, who was at the time a 6-years-old, a drink she called ‘go-go juice’. It was revealed that the juice she gave Alana before pageants was a mixture of Red Bull, Mountain Dew, a beverage high in caffeine, sugar, and calories. Mama June Shannon said she gave her daughter the unhealthy drink as a pageant performance booster.
Her Net Worth
Alana started working on TV at age six, appearing in two hit shows. Her current worth is estimated at $800,000. She currently stars on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. Honey Boo Boo is reportedly being paid $50,000 to appear on the show and will earn an additional $80,000 if she stays on the show till the finale.
In a short while, Alana Thompson has certainly lived an exciting and dramatic life. Here are a few more facts about the child sensation.
Facts about Honey Boo Boo
1. Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson suffers from obesity like her mother
Alana Thompson’s mom, June Thompson has her own reality TV show that documents her journey to losing 33 stone to becoming a size 8. It is a journey that started with a life-changing gastric sleeve surgery, and Alana shares the same condition. While it is certainly not the only reason, it might explain her appearances on her mother’s TV show.
2. She has a new look
Alana may have claimed fame as a sassy six-year-old wearing pink dresses, huge makeup, and glitter but she’s altered her look to a more reserved one. She no longer spots the signature curls she was known for. We suppose it’s what happens when you grow up.
3. She comes from a dysfunctional family
Alana comes from one of the most dysfunctional families in the world. Her mother has a habit of dating men who end up being sexual offenders, giving birth to her first child, Anna at age 14. Anna would also be sexually abused by one of her mom’s boyfriends, Mark McDaniel and also gave birth to her first child while she was a teenager.
4. Alana Thompson is a Virgo
Born on 28 August 2005, Alana Thompson belongs to the Virgo class on the Zodiac chart and if you believe in zodiac traits, Honey Boo Boo is loyal, analytical, kind, and hardworking.