Reality TV star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson has made her grand reappearance in the tabloids. The sixteen-year-old girl, who is the youngest daughter of Mama June, recently appeared in an exclusive with Teen Vogue, which helped her celebrate her sixteenth birthday in style. Now, however, news has leaked that Honey Boo Boo is dating an older man, someone who is attending college – and her family has a mixed reaction to her new love affair.

According to breaking news from the British paper The Sun, the sixteen-year-old reality star has been dating 20-year-old Dralin Carswell for the last six months or so. The pair appear in at least one picture together and have been courting one another throughout half of the year.

Prior to the pandemic, Carswell as attending a technical school in Nashville, Tennessee. Now, he has moved to Georgia, where he lives close to Honey Boo Boo, and her sister, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 21, who serves as Alana’s legal guardian since Mama June’s life has fallen to pieces in recent years.

An insider close to Honey Boo Boo and her lover confirmed that Dralin and the reality star have been dating for months. The source spoke to The Sun about their connection and the family’s reaction to it all.

“Dralin and Alana are attached at the hip and hang out together all the time,” said the source.

Fortunately, Alana and Dralin have the blessing of Alana’s sisters, Pumpkin, Jessica, 24, and Anna, 27. They’re all big fans of Dralin and see him as a positive influence on Honey Boo Boo’s life.

The source added, “He was quiet at first, but he’s like one of the family now. He’s just as fun and crazy as the rest of them.”

Dralin is a huge fan of cars, a fanatic, according to the source. But he also seems to have a lot of love for Alana because he has shared his love for cars with her every step of the way.

“He has a Camaro, that’s like his baby, and he lets her drive it sometimes,” the source told The Sun. “Right now, she is saving up for her own car, though- she wants a Jeep.”

A Facebook update in March officially announced that Alana and Dralin were “in a relationship.” Alana posted a picture of the pair together on the same day through her private account. In the comments of the photo, Alana referred to Dralin as “bae” and included a heart emoji to show her affection for the college man.

Although Alana’s family seems to be supportive of her relationship with Dralin – her mother, Mama June, may not be. She is not connected with Dralin on Facebook, which shows that she might not support the young love affair.

Dralin has become such an important part of Alana’s life that he even accompanied her to her photoshoot with Teen Vogue. During her interview with the publication, the reality star said:

“I want to be the best I can be, and I want to make my money, and I also want to make straight A’s, so I just try my hardest,” Honey Boo Boo told the publication.

However, Alana’s identity has shifted in the years since she was introduced to the world as Honey Boo Boo at just six years old.

“They are completely two different people,” she told Teen Vogue. “I would say that I do like this Alana now, rather than the younger Alana.”

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