Mama June Shannon, 42, tied the knot with 34-year-old boyfriend Justin Stroud at a Georgia courthouse on March 23.
According to Page Six, the coupe married after dating for less than a year, and the secret wedding was confirmed by the Wilkinson County court clerk.
“Justin is an amazing person and he understands everything I’ve been going through. I’ve been able to share stuff with him that I’ve never been able to share with other people – not even my kids and so it’s really nice to have that partnership,” Shannon told British media outlet The Sun.
“We’ve known each other going on a year now,” Shannon added. “We were best friends and we decided to take it to the next step in the last eight months,” she told the U.K. outlet of her engagement to the auto mechanic. “He would send these sweet messages saying, ‘Hey, how are you doing? Hope you are having an amazing day.’ Noticing the little stuff, that’s what made me fall for Justin.”
Stroud is an auto mechanic. Back in February, he was arrested at a Florida gas station on an outstanding warrant for drug charges, Page Six confirmed. He was released from jail in mid-March, and he and Shannon were spotted at a Kay Jewelers tore in Auburn, Alabama just days later.
It’s Mama June’s first marriage.
In 2014, she was involved with convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel, which led the cancellation of her TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. June’s daughter Anna revealed that she was a victim of McDaniel starting when she was 8 years old. She claimed McDaniel “would try and touch [her] and all that stuff” when her mother was dating him.
In 2019, Mama June was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She was dating Geno Doak at the time, who was also arrested for third-degree domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mama June later admitted that she and Doak had a $2,500 a day meth habit. Doak was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
In August 2020, she shared on Instagram that she was six months sober: “It’s probably the most thing I’m proud of,” she wrote.
Mama June was never legally married to ex Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, although they said they considered themselves married. Mike is the father of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.