It’s a big weekend for reality TV stars offering revelations. Hot on the heels of last night’s episode of 20/20 in which Keeping Up With The Kardashian‘s Bruce Jenner confirmed speculation that he is transgender, two much more unexpected coming outs have happened. During an interview with syndicated entertainment news program Inside Edition, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s Lauryn Thompson, AKA Pumpkin, sporting a fuschia fauxhawk, says “I’m attracted to females, and I’m attracted to males. You cannot hide who you truly are.”
It initially appeared that Mama June Shannon was there to support her daughter’s coming out, but Pumpkin also informed viewers that her mother is also bisexual, although she used different terminology, declaring “She is gay, too! June is gay, too!”
Mama June, who separated from Honey Boo Boo’s father last year, clarified that she is bisexual.
Pumpkin used the opportunity to try to make amends with a former girlfriend. Asked about how their neighbors in rural Georgia might react, she states, “haters are gonna hate.”
In a separate interview with TMZ, Mama June said she had exactly three experiences with women in her life but says, “It’s no big deal, I was young and experimented with it, never went pro though just played the minor leagues.”
Honey Boo Boo, which chronicled a very unusual family obsessed with children’s beauty pageants, “mudding,” and hoarding toilet paper, was canceled by TLC last October following reports that Mama June was dating a man accused of dating a convicted child molester.
As a Queerty reader pointed out in the comments, regardless of what one thinks of this family and their television exploits, it’s still rather remarkable that they’re comfortable making such an announcement.
Watch the big Inside Edition reveal below.