With a wide following the arena of pop culture, celebrities have become role model for many. Celebrities who go through life-changes give hope a sense of hope to their fans and followers. Their lives become exemplary to many fans who live ordinary lives. Yet, as fans, they want their favorite celebrities to succeed and remain happy.
While we’re on the subject of life-changes, there’s one very special celebrity who surprised us with a major change. Everyone adores Alana Thompson, the star of the show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, or otherwise commonly known as Honey Boo Boo.
Alana first appeared on the reality TV show, Toddlers and Tiaras. The show revealed the highly competitive world of beauty pageant business. It revolved around child beauty pageants and showed an intense undisguised atmosphere where children contestants struggled on their way up and showed their dysfunctional relationship with their parents.
Her character in this show was nothing like Toddler and Tiaras, which in the words of TLC was “a Go-Go Juice-drinking beauty queen.” In fact, it portrayed a more involved character of Honey Boo Boo and her relationship with her family while living in the rural area of Georgia. It showed her relationship with her family – her stay-at-home mother, her father Sugar Bean and her three sisters, Lauryn “Pumpkin”, Jessica “Chubbs”, and Anna “Chickadee”.
Alana’s mother, June, got involved in a major controversy as it was revealed that she dated Mark Anthony McDaniel, a man convicted of child molestation. All of a sudden June became the center of attention, and not in a good way. TLC canceled the show, although it was supposed to air for another season and they already had made a few episodes. But they all remained unaired and soon they family found themselves unemployed. Talk about a quick change of events!
In 2012, when the show was introduced, Honey Boo Boo was six-years-old. The showcased the daily affairs of the dysfunctional family and whopped a massive 2.25 million followers A DAY. When the second season aired, the following went up to 3 million. Talk about exploiting people’s desire to watch an emotional wreck of a family.
Things were going really well for the Thompson family. The ratings were always at the peak, they were making $50,000 an episode. It was all quite smooth until in 2014, an abrupt change came in Alana’s life.
It wasn’t as bad as it seems though. The family had made quite a name in the media and it was easy for them to find another job on TV. But their contracts with TLC prevented them from appearing on any other show after a few months of cancelation. So the family had to lay low for a few months.
In February 2015, Alana and mother came back to the television as a guest appearance on the TV show, “The Doctors”. But on the show, Alana surprised many of her fans. She gained massive weight. She weighed 125 pounds to be precise and she was only 10 years old. Her obesity at such a young age worried many of her fans.
The doctors on the show declared her obese and formulated diet plans for her. They hoped that with right nourishment and care, they could her Alana cut her weight down and become more healthy in routine life. This intervention for our beloved Honey Boo Boo is working just fine and it is safe to say that Alana has really turned her life around for good.
Her hard work and determination towards leading a healthier and a better lifestyle can be observed from the fact that she now looks better than she has ever looked before. Alana has lost a whopping 25 pounds and strives to lose more. She looks healthier and much more content and happier.
It is true that all the stress she has gone through at such a young age had taken a toll on her. But she’s a fighter. In an interview, Alana talks about the sudden change in her life. She said:
“I woke up one day, and I asked my mum ‘Where’s the crew?’ And she was like, ‘There isn’t a show anymore.’”
Well, we all go through highs and lows. While having a show on-air and a huge fame is nice, sometimes it takes a toll on a person. According to Alana, she really enjoyed the time away from the cameras. Honey Boo Boo now lives a simple, peaceful life and she really seems to like it. TLC has sued the family for breaking their contract with the network. So I guess, Alana won’t be appearing on the network anytime soon. But she updates her fans every now and then about her life through social media. With all the focus on losing weight and a healthier lifestyle, it seems that she’s not far from becoming a model.