Honey Boo Boo's Mama June revealed one of the two convicted sex offenders she has dated is Pumpkin's real father but not the one everyone thinks.
Earlier this week, Anna Cardwell told HLN's Dr. Drew that Pumpkin, the second youngest daughter of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star June "Mama June" Shannon, thinks convicted child molester Mark McDaniel is her real father. On Wednesday, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mama June contradicted Anna's claim, telling ET Pumpkin's real father is a man named Michael Anthony Ford. Ford is also a convicted sex offender, who was once featured on the NBC show To Catch a Predator:
Shannon 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."
Mama June also revealed that she never read court documents that detail McDaniel's abuse of her daughter, Anna. "You would be horrified if you read what he did to her," ET's Brooke Anderson said.
Mama June still claims she isn't dating McDaniel (she says she has only seen him twice), and the only reason she has seen him is because she arranged meetings with him to give her daughter Pumpkin closure.
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 every day, 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."
"I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to lose," Shannon said. "I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story and let's move on."
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