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Gypsy-Rose Blanchard is Released and Ready for the World

The ex-convict and rising star’s backstory, with reactions from the public.
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A graphic depicts Gypsy-Rose Blanchard in a media appearance, with various headlines about her release from prison behind. Blanchard was released early on parole from a ten-year prison sentence for second-degree murder on Dec. 28 in Chillicothe, Missouri.

In the weeks leading up to Dec. 28, 32-year-old Gypsy-Rose Blanchard’s name became inescapable online.

From thousands of videos anticipating her prison release on TikTok to countless news articles about her story, she seemed to be everywhere. 

This resurgence in her popularity and her case left many wondering: who is Gypsy-Rose Blanchard, and what’s her story?

Born in Louisiana on July 27, 1991, Gypsy-Rose Blanchard spent the first 24 years of her life as a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP), which is categorized as a form of parental child abuse in which a caregiver creates fictitious health issues for their child. 

Blanchard’s mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, subjected Gypsy-Rose to years of control under MSbP. In addition, she malingered off of Gypsy-Rose’s illnesses for financial gain, such as a new house, Make-a-Wish trips and more. 

Blanchard endured this abuse until 2015, when she plotted to murder her mother with her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, in a plight of her situation of abuse.

The murder, planned by Blanchard, was carried out by Godejohn. After the murder, she and Godejohn escaped to Wisconsin, where they were eventually discovered by police. 

Blanchard was charged with second-degree murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison with parole in 2016 at Chillicothe Correctional Facility in Missouri.

After serving eight years in prison, and sparse media appearances throughout her sentence, Blanchard was released on Dec. 28, drawing attention back to her story, with mixed reactions from the public.

Several people anticipated her release, prematurely boosting her into internet stardom, while critics remained vocal with their disdain for Gypsy-Rose.

“I think it’s crazy because she literally was in prison for 10 years and now she’s, you know, doing interviews and she has multiple social media accounts. I think a lot of people think she’s really iconic and stuff, but they’re also kind of obsessed with her. And they don’t really give her boundaries,” Cierra Lorenz ‘26 said.

Blanchard sprung to stardom only hours after her release in December. She has opened several social media accounts on platforms including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and more, amassing large followings. 

She also released a six-hour Lifetime TV special titled “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard,” as well as a memoir titled “Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom.” 

Blanchard’s active online presence and various media appearances have brought a surge of attention to her, but only time will tell where she’ll head in the future.

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