Honey Boo Boo’s father, Mike ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson, has ‘gone MIA’ shortly before his scheduled check-in at Lamar Odom’s Kansas rehab facility, reported TMZ on Friday.
Sources informed the outlet that the 17-year-old star’s dad was supposed to ‘fly into Kansas Thursday night’ to start treatment at the Gold Bridge Treatment Center to battle his prescription drug addiction.
However, Thompson, 51, ‘never got on that flight’ and has since been ‘giving the Odom group radio silence.’ Sources explained that Lamar and his group assume that Sugar Bear ‘simply got cold feet.’
The reasoning is due to Mike initially stating that ‘he couldn’t attend the rehab because of work’ and then later switching to the explanation that ‘he couldn’t go because he was in the hospital for another health issue.’
Despite Sugar Bear’s no show, sources told TMZ that ‘Lamar’s team’ don’t have any intentions to ‘give up’ on Thompson and ‘hope he’ll change his mind on getting help.’
‘Gone MIA’: Honey Boo Boo’s, 17, father, Mike ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson, 51, has ‘gone MIA’ shortly before his scheduled check-in at Lamar Odom’s Kansas rehab facility, reported TMZ on Friday
Treatment: Sources informed the outlet that the star’s dad was supposed to ‘fly into Kansas Thursday night’ to start treatment at the Gold Bridge Treatment Center to battle a prescription drug addiction
Mike shares daughter, Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson, with his ex, Mama June Shannon. He later married Jennifer Lamb in 2017 until their divorce was finalized in 2021.
The TV personality is known for making appearances on shows such as Mama June as well as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Sugar Bear not showing up to Lamar’s rehab facility comes just one day after TMZ reported that the reality star reached out to the 43-year-old former Los Angeles Laker to secure a spot at one of his drug and rehabilitation centers.
The news also comes amid sources claiming that Sugar Bear is estranged from his daughter, Alana, though it’s unclear if his addiction struggles are connected to their issues.
He reached out for help after Alana was seen reuniting with her mother ‘Mama’ June Shannon for their first hug in ‘five or six years’ on the latest episode of Mama June: Family Crisis.
Sources close to her father told the publication that he had contacted Odom over the weekend to inquire about being admitted to one of his treatment centers.
The former professional basketball player, who overdosed back in 2015, notably also purchased a total of three drug treatment centers in California, reported TMZ in April.
While one residence is ‘a women’s residential treatment home,’ the remaining homes focus on ‘men’s detox and residential treatment.’
Family: Michael shares daughter, Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson, with his ex, Mama June Shannon; seen with Mama June, Honey Boo Boo, and Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’
Battle with addiction: Sources claim that Thompson’s addiction battle originated from his struggles with diabetes, which have been chronicled on Alana and June’s reality show
According to Odom’s representative, the sports star himself promised to be ‘highly involved’ with the patients on their own path to recovery and that he is ‘ready to start saving lives.’
Jackass star, Bam Margera, is one celebrity who recently checked in at one of Odom’s facilities in Calabasas, but notably left his detox early.
Insiders additionally claimed that Thompson’s addiction battle originated from his struggles with diabetes, which have been chronicled on Alana and June’s reality shows.
He has reportedly become addicted to some of the prescription medications he takes as part of his treatment for diabetes, though it’s unclear which drugs they are or what they were intended to treat.
Thompson has also struggled with ‘severe anxiety and depression,’ which can both make one more susceptible to addiction and drug abuse, or make the conditions worse. They can also be brought on by drug abuse.
Sources said that Thompson suffered a setback a month ago when his girlfriend ended their relationship, which has been affecting him ever since.
They also told the publication that Sugar Bear hopes to repair his relationship with his daughter Alana after graduating from rehab.
She has famously had difficult personal experience with addiction after her mother June Shannon became addicted to illegal drugs in recent years amid a self-destructive relationship with her ex-boyfriend Geno Doak.
‘Anxiety’: Thompson has also struggled with ‘severe anxiety and depression,’ which can both make one more susceptible to addiction and drug abuse, or make the conditions worse
Restoring bond: They also told the publication that Sugar Bear hopes to repair his relationship with his daughter Alana after graduating from rehab
Mama June has been making attempts to restore her relationship with daughters Honey Boo Boo, Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’, 23, and Jessica ‘Chubbs’, 26, which was portrayed in the latest sixth season of Mama June: Family Crisis.
June was arrested back in 2019 and charged with felony possession of drugs and also drug paraphernalia, causing Lauryn to obtain temporary custody of Honey Boo Boo and last year, she received full custody of the almost 18-year-old.
During an episode that aired earlier last week on June 30, the star revealed to her daughters during an emotional therapy session that she was ‘three years clean and sober.’
Also during the episode, where Mama June was joined by Alana, Lauryn, and Jessica, as well as therapist Dr. Ish, Honey Boo Boo shared a special moment with her mother.
June and her three daughters were gathered inside of a kitchen around a counter, with the therapist kicking off a short session for the family to speak their emotions out loud to develop ‘closeness.’
Heartfelt moment: Sugar Bear reached out for help after Alana was seen reuniting with her mother ‘Mama’ June Shannon for their first hug in ‘five or six years’ on the latest episode of Mama June: Family Crisis
June and Alana shared a heartfelt conversation, which resulted in the 17-year-old tearfully telling her mother, ‘I want to be like, my mom did this, or my mom does this for me, or I’m going home to my mom today…’
Mama June then brought Honey Boo Boo into a tight embrace, with her daughter laying her head on her mother’s shoulder to continue to cry.
The episode then cut to a confessional where Honey Boo Boo admitted to the viewers that, ‘This is the first time Mama’s actually really gave me a hug in probably about-I’m not gonna lie- probably about five or six years.’
‘And it feels good to get an actual loving hug from your Mama. Like, it really did feel nice. I’m not gonna lie.’