Mama June may have a new figure, but not everyone in the family is celebrating.
The 37-year-old reality TV star’s estranged daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, is publicly slamming her mother’s sudden weight loss, insisting that she really did it for fame.
“I think she did it just to be more famous,” said the 22-year-old to E! News. “I don’t think she it just for her because she never mentioned anything ever before about getting plastic surgery.”
Mama June is starring in a new WE tv reality show, “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which chronicles her journey in getting gastric sleeve surgery and kicking off a new diet plan. Mama June, who weighed 460 pounds at her heaviest, worked to fit into a whopping size four. She wanted to show off her slimmer figure at her ex Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson’s wedding to his new girlfriend.
However, Cardwell believed there were other motives influencing Mama June to shed the pounds.
Cardwell told the celebrity news site that Mama June’s manager reportedly influenced her to go under the knife for the show because the same offer was also offered to her, promising it would “get her out there” and granting another opportunity for more fame.
“I think Mama did get herself out there to get another show,” said Cardwell. “That’s my opinion on that. I don’t think she did it or anything for herself. If she would have done it for herself, she would have tried to lose the weight a long time ago.”
According to Cardwell, she doesn’t need to get a similar procedure for another chance to be in the spotlight again. Also, getting surgery “freaks her out.”
“Everybody wants me to get my own show anyways regardless of getting anything done,” she added. “I doubt it’s going to happen, but it would be nice. Lots [of people] have been asking me about getting my own show with my kids again. [They] tell me that they would watch the show just for me and kids.”
Cardwell did admit to missing being in front of the cameras.
“I miss being on film, miss being on TV,” she said. “I miss it for the money and I miss it for, you know, getting out there — for people just to see my story and stuff like that.”
E! News reported that the relationship between Mama June and her daughter is strained due to money. Cardwell said Mama June owes both her and her daughter Kaitlyn close to “half a million dollars” from filming “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”