Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is defending her relationship with her 21-year-old boyfriend, Dralin Carswell.
“In our relationship, the two most things that everybody is always talking about is our age gap and definitely because he’s Black and I’m white and we’re an interracial couple,” she explained.
However, the backlash won’t stop the reality star from being happy in her relationship.
“I don’t care,” she said. “Because, like, at the end of the day, my sister approves, his mom approves, and we’re happy, so what fans got to say or what haters got to say I don’t really care.”
Despite the age gap, Alana revealed that she and Dralin are “always talking about something — it’s never like an awkward moment, silence or none of that.”
Pumpkin — who was granted sole custody of Alana earlier this year — showed her support for her sister’s relationship during the interview.
“She’s not getting married, she’s not having a kid, she’s doing very good in school,” said Pumpkin, adding that the pair are “on the same wavelength.”
In June, the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo alum’s rep confirmed to Page Six that Alana was not engaged to her boyfriend after she was spotted with a ring on that finger.
Her rep added the diamond seen on Alana’s finger was “just a ring.”
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“Yes, I’ve met Dralin. They’ve been together for over a year,” the Mama June: Road to Redemption star shared. “People need to realize that she’s going to be 17 in August and that [Alana’s older sister] Pumpkin and Josh were the same age as they were.”
“She is getting a lot of hate because she’s in an interracial relationship, he is older,” she added. “But at the end of the day, Alana’s not that 6-, 7-year-old child y’all fell in love with 11 years ago. Alana has grown up, she’s graduating high school next year, guys!”
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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight the same month, Mama June shared one concern about her daughter’s boyfriend.
“He’s good. He needs to hold down a job a little bit more,” she said. “I mean, he’s not bad. He doesn’t treat her bad or anything like that.”
She added, “They’re [young] and they’ve been together over a year. So, if they last? Fine. If they don’t, it can be her first love.”