ALANA Thompson's older sister Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Efird has vowed 'to be there for her' in a sweet 16th birthday tribute.
This comes as Mama June Shannon apparently snubbed her youngest daughter's milestone and failed to mentioned the momentous occasion on her social media pages.
Instead it was left to big sister Lauryn to mark Alana's big day on her Instagram feed.
The mom-of-two wrote alongside a series of images of Alana – including one with their estranged mother: "16 already? Where did the time go? You’ve grown up on me not the blink of eye.
"I’ve had the pleasure of raising you the last 3 years and I’ve seen the ups and the downs.
"At 16 most people haven’t seen the world like you have or dealt with half the things you’ve dealt with."
Pumpkin, 21, added: "You’re wise beyond years and I’ll forever be thankful of that.
"I can’t believe next year you’ll be graduating from high school. You put so much effort into school and I’ll always be so proud of you.
"Even when no one is in your corner I promise to be there for you. You’re the best aunt my kids could ask for (even though you spoil them rotten)."
She concluded: "Happy birthday sweet girl and yes I know I’m a day late but hey better late then never ❤️??. @honeybooboo".
Alana, who turned 16 on Saturday, has been living with Lauryn for the past few years as their mother battled drug addiction.
June recently announced that she had broken up with her longtime love Geno Doak, just as he began serving his sentence on drug charges.
Recently, The Sun exclusively revealed June, 42, is dating 24-year-old TikToker Jordan McCollum.
But June responded by saying the pair were just "best friends."
Instead Alana, formerly known as Honey Boo Boo, marked her big day with a high fashion photoshoot with Teen Vogue.
She told the publication: "A lot of folks in this world do not realize how many people are actually really affected by drug and alcohol [use].
"It's very, very hard. It's something I'd wish on nobody, for real.
“When my mama got real bad with her [drug use], I didn't know where I was going to end up. I'm proud of myself for how far I've come.”
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