Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon defended her sister Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson’s relationship with her much older boyfriend.
Pumpkin, 22, and Alana, 16, recently sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight correspondent Rachel Smith. During their conversation, the backlash over the age difference between Honey Boo Boo and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Dralin Carswell, was addressed.
Addressing the issue, Pumpkin pointed out that she and husband Josh Efird, 26, also share the same age gap.
“When Dralin first showed up, you know, I mean, he’s a bit older. [But] Josh is also a bit older than me. And that’s obviously where they get a lot of backlash. Um…it is what it is,” Pumpkin said.
The mother-of-four, who is now Alana’s legal guardian, went on to share that she and her family like Dralin and it’s important to them.
“I like Dralin very much. The children love Dralin. Josh loves Dralin. And for me, that’s all that really matters. I don’t care about all the background noise [because] his family is so amazing,” she added.
The Mama June: Road to Redemption star also revealed that Dralin and his family have spent several holidays and special occasions with them.
“We spent Christmas with them. We spent Thanksgiving with them…any kind of birthday party, they always showed up. They were always showing up for baby showers and stuff like that… They treated us like family,” she explained.
In the same interview, Honey Boo Boo broke her silence on the negative comments about her relationship with Dralin.
“In our relationship, the two things that everyone always talks about are our age difference and definitely because he’s black and I’m white and we’re an interracial couple,” she told Smith.
“[But] I don’t care because at the end of the day my sister agrees, his mom agrees and we’re happy, so I really don’t care what fans have to say or what haters have to say. ‘ the teen star added.
The interview comes weeks after Honey Boo Boo made headlines for allegedly getting engaged to Dralin. The rumors started after she was spotted sporting a giant sparkler on her left ring finger. However, her representative clarified that the accessory was “just a ring” and not an engagement ring.
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