June opens up about leaving Geno — and why “the last few months have probably been the worst time of my life.”
Mama June Shannon took a big step at the season premiere of her WE-TV reality show Mama June: Road to Redemption — fleeing her toxic relationship with Geno Doak after years of arrests and worrying behavior.
But leaving him was no easy task for Shannon, who was still struggling with when and how to get out on the hour. While she said she was sober, she claimed he wasn’t, saying the situation was “out of control where I need help” and “family support.”
Her family — including daughters Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and sister Doe Doe — were all worried that June would fall back into old habits after a successful stint in rehab. As June planned her escape, she considered breaking up with Geno during sentencing for his 2019 drug possession arrest at the courthouse. She said she felt it would be safer for her to end it there because law enforcement would be present.
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Pumpkin and Doe Doe appeared at the courthouse on the date in question, but his sentencing was delayed and June chose not to break up with him at the time. Her family was frustrated, but June said it wasn’t an easy thing and she was also concerned for her safety.
After that, June pretty much disappeared. According to Pumpkin, she was completely absent when Lauryn gave birth to Bentley, June’s first grandson, and didn’t even call her after the baby arrived. The show also confirmed that June had no communication with the production for three full weeks before eventually reaching out and arranging a meeting at an Alabama hotel.
“A lot has happened behind closed doors that a lot of people don’t know about. My life has been turned upside down…I’m just tired of lying and hiding and I’ve decided to call you guys,” June explained to a producer in a hotel room.
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“Geno has no idea where I am and I would prefer you not to tell him. He fell asleep, passed out because he was drunk, and I packed a bag, I left, I got an Uber.” She continued. “I’ve tried that a few times and talked myself out of it. A few nights ago it was just an extra boost.”
“I should have left him at the final court date, but I didn’t. The drinking got worse, the verbal abuse … I was ruining myself emotionally, mentally and worrying about my sobriety,” June said. “The devil was right here and said, ‘You know, when you’re using you don’t have to use those feelings, when you get cocaine you don’t have to feel those feelings.”
She added that this was her first time escaping “an abusive relationship” – but when asked if she broke up with him, June said no. She said that what she wanted to tell them “might upset some people who might be like, ‘What the hell is going on in her life?'” She added, “It’s a train wreck” before the episode ended on a cliffhanger with her saying, “The last few months have probably been the worst time of my life, I think I have something to tell you all…”
More will be revealed next week when Mama June: Road to Redemption airs Friday on WE tv.
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