Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s Anna Cardwell says her relationship with younger sister Lauryn Shannon is strained because of her mom’s relationship with convicted molester Mark McDaniel — because “Pumpkin” believes the man is her father.
“That was supposed to be her so-called father or whatever it is,” Anna told Dr. Drew on Monday’s episode of Dr. Drew On Call. “Out of all the kids we have, Mama does not know who Pumpkin’s daddy is.”
The Shannon girls were all fathered by different men, including another registered sex offender (Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon’s dad). Although June publicly maintains she doesn’t know the identity of Lauryn’s father, Anna said June tells Lauryn a different story.
“Pumpkin thinks it’s Mark, which kind of hurts my feelings, because Mama is making her believe that someone who did that to me is her father,” Anna said. “Now Pumpkin hates me for it.”
Last month, after initial reports that June Shannon was dating Mark McDaniel again, 14-year-old Lauryn said the stories were “not true.”
“My mom left Mark 10 years ago,” she said. “They haven’t seen nor talked [to each other] in 10 years… She only needs us girls, no one else.”
Even though pictures show Lauryn has been around Mark in recent months, she later got into a war of words with Uncle Poodle and accused him of being the one behind the stories.
During her interview on Monday, Anna said her mom and sisters are trying convince her to move on.
“She’s upset and talking about her health’s decreasing,” Anna said of her mom. “She’s talking about how she might have cancer. Being all stressed out, having all these back problems and stuff like that. She’s just mainly upset about all this things that is happening that we keep talking about it, that we need to stop talking about it, because it needs to be dropped.”