Sugar Bear isn’t about to let the media portray him as the villain, despite the fact that he can’t say much. In a short interview with TMZ, Sugar Bear denied cheating on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family matriarch and longtime partner Mama June, but said that he wasn’t allowed to comment further. Sugar Bear wouldn’t comment on why he couldn’t discuss the details of the split.
When news broke of the split, sources close to the couple said they expected June to move closer to her family after filming for the next season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo ends. Could Sugar Bear’s silence be an attempt to keep his jilted partner happy? Or could TLC, which recently refused to fire Sugar Bear despite the public separation, have made silence a condition of keeping the Sugar Bear on the hit reality show?
As news of the split continues to spread, alternative theories about the cause of the split. As originally reported by TMZ, Sugar Bear and Mama June split after she discovered his dating profile on the website plentyoffish.com. Sugar Bear denied cheating on Mama June or having a dating website profile. If the profile doesn’t belong to Sugar Bear, whose real name is Michael Thompson, it sure is a big coincidence. The profile creator calls himself “Mike” and mentions that he “love(s) to hunt fish and ride 4wheelers and have a good time. i luve muddy Boggs and love to ride in the mudd.”
Friends say that the family has changed since Toddlers & Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo made Sugar Bear, Mama June, and their daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” famous. Reportedly, the family no longer engages in community activities, despite the fact that there are no known issues between the family and the community. Could the isolation and stress of being on camera have caused Sugar Bear and Mama June’s 10-year relationship to implode?
Whatever the true cause of the split, the larger question is how the family is coping. Bear and Mama June were partners for a decade, a relationship which produced Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, the star of the TLC series. Photographs surfaced over the weekend of Sugar Bear, Mama June, and daughters Alana and Jessica looking to be in good spirits. Cameras were on hand as the family is still filming the next season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Sugar Bear Goes Paintballing With Honey Boo Boo and Her Sisters One Day After Announcing Split From Mama June http://t.co/XXBkrSKFvX
— E! Online (@eonline) September 20, 2014
In 2013 the couple held what was widely reported as a wedding, but was later revealed to be a commitment ceremony. Neither Sugar Bear nor Mama June are wearing their commitment rings.