Fans first got to know Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell on the Toddlers and Tiaras spinoff, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Though she was out of the reality TV spotlight for a while before her death, TLC viewers have kept up with her life – including her relationships.
Anna died at the age of 29 on December 9, 2023, after battling stage 4 adrenal cancer. Her longtime partner, Eldridge Toney, was by her side when she passed away, and In Touch confirmed after her death that they had secretly tied the knot months earlier.
Who Is Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell’s 1st Husband?
Anna’s estranged husband is Michael Cardwell. The pair wed in May 2014 but separated in April 2017. Anna announced the former couple’s split in a statement posted to Facebook at the time.
“For those who hasn’t [sic] seen mine and Michael status we are separated it’s just a lot on both of us and have a lot to thinking about but this is only temporary right now but I love him and always will no matter where this goes so people I ask don’t be blowing up my inbox [please] and thank [you],” read the post.
Anna and Michael share one child together, daughter Kylee Madison, born 2015. She also has a child from a previous relationship, daughter Kaitlyn Elizabeth, born 2012.
Were Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell and Eldridge Toney Married?
The former TLC personality started dating Eldridge in June 2017, according to her Facebook page.
Though the couple was in a long-term relationship, Anna once expressed that she was in no rush to tie the knot after her previous marriage to Michael.
“You never know what will happen,” she told The Sun in June 2021, adding that she and her man wear promise rings. “I always tell him marriage is just a piece of paper saying, ‘Hey you’re married.’ I told myself if we make it past four years, then we can talk more about it.”
Anna’s mom, June “Mama June” Shannon, released a statement about the reality star’s death on December 10, 2023, and referred to Eldridge as Anna’s “husband” in the message. One day later, In Touch confirmed that the two had gotten married on March 4, 2023, in Georgia.
“Our hearts are broken. Anna Marie Cardwell is no longer with us,” the statement said. “Anna passed at 11:12pm last night at her mother, June Shannon’s, home in Milledgeville, GA with her girls, all her sisters, her husband and close family at her side. Anna gave one heck of a fight for 10 months against the cancer. Sadly, Anna passed away on her youngest daughter, Kylee’s, birthday. We ask for prayers for the family during this difficult time as they try to process this great loss and make arrangements.”
Did Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell and Eldridge Toney Have Kids?
Anna and Eldridge did not share any children, but were open about trying for a baby together before her cancer diagnosis.
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“We are trying to have a third child, and it’s been difficult. I’ve gone through four miscarriages and a D&C,” she told The Sun in June 2021. “It’s been a long bumpy road for us trying to have baby number three.”
She added at the time: “The last miscarriage was two days before Christmas, and I had to get a D&C done. It felt like I was giving birth, it was the worst pain of my life. It’s a really painful process, so I’m like you know, let’s give it one more try.”
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