Gypsy Rose Blanchard is currently serving a ten-year sentence for helping to murder her mother, Dee Dee, in 2015. Dee Dee had Munchausen syndrome by proxy and had faked her daughter’s illness for years — confining Gypsy to a wheelchair and feeding her through a feeding tube, even though she was healthy. The murder was committed with help from Gypsy’s now-former boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, whom she had met online. The entire saga is currently being depicted on Hulu, on the series The Act.
And now, Gypsy is engaged, a family friend told People.
Gypsy, 27, told family and friends earlier this year that she is engaged to her boyfriend. Family friend Fancy Micelli told People, “They are very happy. You can hear excitement in her voice.” The couple has reportedly known each other for a year-and-a-half, and met as pen pals while Blanchard was serving her prison sentence. The fiancé’s name has not been revealed.
According to Micelli, Gypsy’s fiancé first reached out to her after watching the HBO documentary about her experience, Mommy Dead and Dearest, which was directed by Erin Lee Carr. Gypsy’s family has not yet met him, but they have chatted with him on the phone and online, People reports. The couple is reportedly waiting to get married until Gypsy is released from prison.
Micelli told E! News that Blanchard’s current engagement ring is temporary. “Another inmate was getting divorced and gave her that for her to just have, so that she could feel good about it,” Micelli said. “They’ll go together and pick out rings, obviously later, at a time when she’s out and they could do that and have their own intimate moment.”
This post has been updated.