Gypsy Rose Blanchard is soon to be released from prison after serving eight years of a ten year sentence, with early parole. Ahead of her upcoming release, she gave a statement to TMZ revealing that the first event she plans to attend is a Kansas City Chiefs game with her husband, in hopes of meeting Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s girlfriend Taylor Swift, who is frequently in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium. Blanchard also revealed that Swift’s track “Safe And Sound” helped get her through prison. The haunting folksy 2012 track was released as a part of “The Hunger Games” soundtrack.
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Blanchard was convicted of second degree murder and initially sentenced to ten years in jail under a plea bargain for assisting her then boyfriend John Godejohn in plotting the murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, who Godejohn stabbed to death. The latter was sentenced to life in prison.
Dee Dee Blanchard was later diagnosed with the rare mental health disorder Munchausen by proxy syndrome, in which she fabricated a series of terminal illnesses for Gypsy, forcing her to shave her head, use a feeding tube, remove her teeth, take a number of medications, use a walker, and falsely believe she was significantly younger than her actual age. Her motivation was to obtain sympathy from a number of charity organizations and the public at large, as well as maintaining control over her daughter.
In the years since the grisly Missouri murder, Blanchard’s life story was adapted into a television show, with actress Joey King taking on the role of Gypsy and Patricia Arquette playing Dee Dee in Hulu’s “The Act.” The 2019 miniseries brought new national attention to the case, resulting in new interviews with the real Blanchard from prison. Throughout her lengthy sentence, Blanchard has worked towards getting her GED, as her mother never permitted her to go to school, and she married her husband, Ryan Scott Anderson.
Blanchard is set to be released from prison on Dec. 29. Leading up to her release, her husband and half sister Mia Blanchard have assisted in setting up social media accounts for her, on which she has expressed intent to become an advocate for survivors of abusers with Munchausen by proxy. Additionally, she plans to release a memoir about her life, which she began writing throughout her time in prison. The book, titled “Released”, was written in collaboration with writers Melissa Moore and Michele Matrisciani, who worked on exclusive interviews with Blanchard over the last few years. The book is to be released through Penguin Random House.
Mia Blanchard, Gypsy’s half sister through her father’s second marriage, has documented her visits to Gypsy in prison, and occasionally provides updates on her release timeline on TikTok @mia.blanchard.
The Chiefs are yet to comment on Blanchard’s plans to attend a game post-release.