Mama June and Sugar Bear Split! Honey Boo Boo's Parents 'Taking Time Apart'

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Honey Boo Boo Stars Mama June And Sugar Bear Separated

by Lisa Lozano
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Awwww! Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fans everywhere are shedding tears with the news that family matriarch and patriarch June "Mama June" Shannon and Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson are taking time apart.

TLC released a statement on behalf of the Georgia couple of a decade, which reads, "Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship. We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y'all for your support."

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Sugar Bear and Mama June have one child together, Alana aka "Honey Boo Boo," 9, and Sugar Bear also helped parent June's other three daughters.

It was only May of 2013 when the (famously unmarried) pair took part in a commitment ceremony of dubious legality on the TLC show, with Mama June donning a camo wedding gown and sparkly tennis shoes, and Sugar Bear wearing camo and an orange vest to coordinate.

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"Never settle for a man who doesn't treat you right," June told People at the time. "If a guy doesn't love everything about you, move on! There are plenty of other fish in the sea."

In a 2013 clip from the show, Mama June described how she felt when she first met Sugar Bear. While for Sugar Bear it was "love at first sight," for her it was more lust at first sight! "Was it love at first sight? No," she admits. "Was it bed at first sight? Maybe. You gotta try the milk out before you buy the cow."

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Mama June and Sugar Bear Split! Honey Boo Boo's Parents 'Taking Time Apart'
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Mama June appears on The Jenny McCarthy Show at SiriusXM Studios on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Mama June visits at SiriusXM Studios on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Mama June (L) and Jenny McCarthy appear at SiriusXM Studios on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: (L-R) Mama June, AJ Calloway, and Honey Boo Boo pose on the set of 'Extra' on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mama June visits 'Extra' on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mama June visits 'Extra' on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mama June (L) and daughter Honey Boo Boo visit 'Extra' on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Honey Boo Boo and her mom Mama June along with sister Pumpkin in Beverly Hills, Ca on January 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Light Brigade/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: June Shannon and Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson are sighted at The Grove on October 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: June Shannon attends the 'How To Honey Boo Boo: The Complete Guide' Book Event on July 15, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
MCLEAN, VA- July 11: Mike 'Sugar Bear' Thompson attends the 'How to Honey Boo Boo: The Complete Guide' Book Event at the Barnes and Nobles on July 11, 2013 in Mclean, Virginia. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Mike Thompson (L) and June Shannon visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 9, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 05: Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson and Mama June Shannon attend the ATL Premiere Of WE Tv's 'Growing Up Hip Hop' at SCADshow on January 5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) TV personalities Lauryn 'Pumpkin' Thompson, Mike 'Sugar Bear' Thompson, Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson and June 'Mama June' Shannon attend We tv's celebration of the premieres of 'Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars' and 'Ex-isled' at Le Jardin on November 19, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson and her mother June Shannon (R) visit 'Extra' at The Grove on October 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Mike Thompson visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 9, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Alana Thompson aka. Honey Boo Boo and June Shannon aka. Mama June seen out in Manhattan on April 04, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson and her mother June Shannon (L) visit 'Extra' at The Grove on October 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Mike Thompson (L) and June Shannon visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 9, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
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Mama June and Sugar Bear
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: June Shannon visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 9, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
Honey Boo Boo and family dressed as the Kardashians.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Mama June and Honey Boo Boo are seen at LAX on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0073 -- Pictured: (l-r) Television personalities Mama June and Honey Boo Boo during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on June 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0073 -- Pictured: (l-r) Television personality Honey Boo Boo during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on June 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Honey Boo Boo and Mama June (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo) are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 2/5/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) AMY ROBACH, MAMA JUNE, HONEY BOO BOO
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Honey Boo Boo's mother June Shannon attends the 'How To Honey Boo Boo: The Complete Guide' Book Event on July 15, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/FilmMagic)
MCLEAN, VA- July 11: June 'Mama' Shannon attends the 'How to Honey Boo Boo: The Complete Guide' Book Event at the Barnes and Nobles on July 11, 2013 in Mclean, Virginia. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
MCLEAN, VA- July 11: Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson attends the 'How to Honey Boo Boo: The Complete Guide' Book Event at the Barnes and Nobles on July 11, 2013 in Mclean, Virginia. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 included actor Aziz Ansari ('Parks and Recreation'), Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson and June 'Mama' Shannon ('Here Comes Honey Boo Boo') and musical guest Josh Turner. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) JUNE 'MAMA' SHANNON, ALANA 'HONEY BOO BOO' THOMPSON, JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson and her mother June Shannon (L) visit 'Extra' at The Grove on October 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
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MCLEAN, VA- July 11: June 'Mama' Shannon, Mike 'Sugar Bear' Thompson, Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson, Anna 'Chickadee' Shannon and Lauryn 'Pumpkin' Shannon attend the 'How to Honey Boo Boo: The Complete Guide' Book Event at the Barnes and Nobles on July 11, 2013 in Mclean, Virginia. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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