Prison love is in the air. Can you smell it? It smells like industrial cleaner and canned corn. If you haven’t watched the spellbinding documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest yet, what is wrong with you? If you haven’t seen that one, then maybe you have been watching the story of Münchausen syndrome by proxy victim Gypsy Rose Blanchard unfold on the Hulu show The Act. Gypsy’s been on the receiving end of plenty of attention since she was sent to prison for second degree murder for her role in the stabbing death of her mother and abuser, Dee Dee Blanchard. Gypsy’s no longer involved with her co-conspirator and knife wielding ex-boyfriend Nick Godejohn, who is serving a life sentence for first degree murder. Gypsy has a new beau now, and they’re engaged to be married. According to Us Weekly, the couple met through the prison pen pal program.
This news come to us by proxy via “online marketing coach/screenwriter” (per Vulture) Fancy Macelli who is collaborating with Gypsy’s stepmom Kristy Blanchard on yet another TV series about Gypsy called By Proxy (apparently they have beef with The Act). Us Weekly reports:
“She keeps him very private,” family friend Fancy Macelli told the magazine of the 27-year-old’s beau. “We’re not going to release his name or anything like that, but she does have a fiancé. That’s something she wouldn’t have ever been able to do with her mom: be engaged.”
“He started writing her and then visited her,” she explained. “They just grew to have a relationship. … They’re taking it slow. They don’t know exactly what they’re going to do when she gets out. It’s a long way down the road, obviously, so things can change.”
Gypsy’s been in prison since 2015 and is serving a 10 year sentence. Here’s what Gypsy looks like today.
Gypsy and her gentleman friend have met in person several times, and talk “at least several times a week, if not more”. Gypsy’s dad and stepmother also have a relationship with him.
According to the By Proxy author, Gypsy’s father, Ron Blanchard, and stepmother, Kristy Blanchard, have a relationship with her fiancé. “They’re actually going to meet him next month, but they’ve been communicating with him for a long time through phone calls, emails, all of that,” she revealed.
I get how people used to fall in love by letter back in the olden times when people actually knew how to write good. But today’s scribes, especially ones who use the country prison records as their personal Tinder, not so much. I highly doubt Gypsy’s fiance is laying down the thigh quivering sonnets of yore. But shit, maybe he’s got it like that, and Gypsy’s a master of the commissary candy arts. Maybe this time, for once in her life, nobody’s trying to take advantage of her.