Their TLC show has more than 3 million viewers each week, they’re recognized everywhere they go and are even embraced by celebrity fans. But “Mama June" Shannon — family matriarch and star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — insists in a new exclusive interview with In Touch, that although things have definitely changed for her big brood, life in the spotlight won’t ruin her family.
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June says they don’t consider themselves celebrities and know that their reality show popularity won’t last forever. “We still live off Sugar Bear’s income as a chalk miner. We’re everyday country people,” she tells the mag on newsstands now.
Six-year-old Alana a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, even has her future away from the spotlight mapped out, discussing what she wants to be when she grows up. “Lots of things,” she tells In Touch. “A mama, a beauty queen, working at Walmart, working at McDonald’s so I can eat their chicken nuggets, a veterinarian and a nurse,” adding, “I like to help other people.”
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Aside from splurging on a Ford Expedition and an above-ground pool for the family, “Mama June" has used the income they’ve earned to set up trust funds for her four children — money that they can’t touch until they turn 21. “We had fun, we’ve had adventures, and we’ve made tons of memories that we wouldn’t have made otherwise,” she says of their TV fame. “Someday, we’ll all look back and laugh about this experience.”
For more from Alana and “Mama” June, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.