The plot thickens! “Mama June” Shannon has already come under fire for rekindling her relationship with Mark McDaniel, the man who molested her daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, years ago, and now, she’s finally coming forward about the relationship — and has an even more shocking story to tell.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the reality star says she first re-connected with her ex by chance, and then arranged another meeting with him for her 14-year-old daughter, Pumpkin, who believed he was her father. “Since two months to almost six years, she knew nobody but him,” June explains. “She was starting to resent Anna and she was starting to ask me questions. I can’t answer those questions for Pumpkin.”
During the meeting, Mark admitted to the 14-year-old that he was not her father, but what’s even more shocking is the man who is — Michael Anthony Ford, also the daughter of June’s 18-year-old, Jessica, and a convicted sex offender himself! “Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica’s dad has had nothing to do with her over the years,” the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch says. “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.”
When asked about her relationship with Mark today, June defensively responds, “It’s not like I’m seeing him everyday.” She also confirms that she believes something did happen to Anna, but admits to telling her to keep it in the past.