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Alana Thompson on Being Honey Boo Boo, Turning 16, and Discovering Herself

Instantly throughout from the sofa the place Alana sits, a workforce is dismantling folding tables of sneakers and shuffling racks of garments out of the room. Alana is unperturbed by the chaos. Maybe in a behavior borne of years of on-camera interviews, Alana repeats virtually each query again when she solutions, half pondering aloud, half framing what she shares with the conciseness of a sound chunk. The circumstances are distinctive, however on the coronary heart of the dialog is what some may take into account “teenage stuff”: jobs and cash, her relationship along with her sister, and friendships. In different phrases, issues a life is made from.

“To be sincere, I should not have many mates. In any respect,” Alana says, remarking that her solely good friend might be her boyfriend. “As a result of I really feel like of us are a lot like, ‘Oh, my God, I am mates with Honey Boo Boo,’” Alana provides. “I do not belief no person actually, so I haven’t got mates.”

It’s important to actually check of us over three or 4 months, she explains: She sees in the event that they name her “Honey Boo Boo”; she watches whether or not they provide to pay for something or assume she is going to, since additionally they assume she is wealthy, which she clarifies is not precisely true.

In contrast to sheepish denials from different celebrities, Alana is candid that being on TV isn’t only a private selection; it additionally seems like a sensible monetary choice. She’d by no means make as a lot at a standard job — and plus, she says, being on TV is a lot simpler than a daily job. 

“I wish to have a life, ? I would like to have the ability to assist my youngsters once I do have youngsters and stuff like that,” she says. “It’s undoubtedly one thing that’s good in the interim, [and] good for afterward in life.” However she will be able to additionally clearly see the day she received’t be filming anymore. Sooner or later, she thinks there simply received’t be something left to movie, and she or he’ll simply be working her nursing job.

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