Folk hero jailed: Gypsy Rose Blanchard embraces first days of ‘freedom’ US news

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SSocial media has already found an IT girl for 2024: Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a Missouri woman who convinced her then-boyfriend to kill her mother after she was forced to pretend she That she was suffering from leukemia and other serious diseases.

Blanchard, 32, was released from the Missouri Correctional Facility a few days before the New Year. She served eight years in prison for her role in the 2015 murder, while her former boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn received a life sentence. The shocking case got the TV treatment in Hulu’s 2019 miniseries The Act, and was also the subject of the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest.

Now, excitement is growing on Instagram and TikTok, where Blanchard has become an overnight star with 5.9 million and 6.1 million followers, respectively. Although the social media accounts were created months before her December 28 release to promote the upcoming Lifetime documentary, Blanchard attracted the most attention with her “first selfie of freedom.” The photo shows Blanchard posing in the mirror with a long ponytail over her shoulder, and it received thousands of comments from well-wishers – including the Bratz dolls’ official Instagram account (“Slay my girly!!!”), as well as influencers. Also included. Tana Mongeau (“Yes!”) and Trisha Paytas (“Queen”).

Blanchard also shared a photo with her new husband, Ryan Scott Anderson, whom she married while behind bars: “A kiss on New Year’s Eve with my husband,” she captioned it. Afterward, Blanchard showed off her diamond wedding ring and French manicured nails. The responses were equally impressive. “Girls have been dripping wet since day one,” one Instagram user commented. “Less than a week left and a fresh set. You are killing the game queen,” wrote another.

Blanchard’s fans have been waiting for his release since he was granted parole in September. She benefited from the true-crime treatment of her mother’s death, and while she’s now enjoying a redemption arc, followers are thrilled to see her next steps as an independent woman. And although his latest posts may be, well, boring, the reactions to them are increasingly affecting him. An unlikely folk hero.

Dee Dee Blanchard (Patricia Arquette) and Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King), as portrayed in the Hulu miniseries The Act.
Dee Dee Blanchard (Patricia Arquette) and Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King), as portrayed in the Hulu miniseries The Act. Photograph: Brownie Harris/Hulu

It doesn’t hurt that Blanchard embraces the drama inherent in her real-life story. Less than a week out of jail, she has long nails and eyelashes worthy of Tammy Faye Baker. Before her release, her Instagram account posted a fantasy-themed meme of a woman running with wolves with the caption: “Throw me to the wolves, and I’ll come back leading the pack.” She also shared a photo of a notebook cover with the slogan: “Sorry, I wasn’t listening, I was thinking about Gypsy Rose Blanchard.”

Blanchard and her attorney say that her mother, Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, led doctors to believe that her daughter was chronically ill and close to dying, as part of a ploy to get the couple a donation to Disney World. Was allowed to travel and even received a free house. , All the while, Blanchard testified, Dee Dee abused her daughter, forced her to undergo unnecessary medical procedures, beat her and tied her to a bed. Although Blanchard was in her late teens and early 20s at this time, Dee Dee lied about her age and tried to convince doctors and neighbors that she was much younger.

The gruesome facts of the case may seem inconsistent with the new enthusiasm for Blanchard that roams the camp area. A Detroit strip club offered him a job and said he was going to host a “Get Tipsy with Gypsy” release party. (According to TMZ, she has not yet accepted the show.) During the countdown to her release, TikTokers posted cheeky videos revealing which pop culture moments they would like to see. “I feel like he’s missed a lot,” Noah Miller said in a video. Her “Gypsy Rose Release Party” will include her teaching about rapper Ice Spice, the rise of ChatGPT, and shopping on the Teemu app.

Blanchard told People that she hopes her new influence will have a positive impact. “I feel like I’ve been blessed with the ability to possibly make change,” she said in an interview shortly before her release from prison. She identifies in her social media bios as “public figure, public speaker, author, advocate for awareness of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.” (Munchausen syndrome by proxy is A condition where a caregiver fakes symptoms to make it appear as if their ward is sick.)

Blanchard’s superfans also caught hold of a report that she planned to attend the Kansas City Chiefs’ New Year’s Eve game in hopes of meeting her idol Taylor Swift. Blanchard previously told TMZ that she used her prison commissary money to buy the singer’s albums. Instead, Blanchard left Missouri and moved to Louisiana, the state where she was born and where her family is from.

Blanchard is using her social media accounts to thank fans and promote her Lifetime documentary, a six-hour saga of prison interviews, arriving January 5, as well as a new book coming out next week . And although she is enjoying her time in the spotlight, some may believe that all the attention exploits a vulnerable woman who has already endured unimaginable abuse at the hands of her mother. “I wish him normalcy, peace and privacy,” wrote one ex-user. “She’s been through a lot.”

In an interview with People, Blanchard’s husband Anderson informed of Feeling “too nervous” about meditation. Describing himself as “a very private person”, he said that his plans for his wife’s first days of freedom included making gumbo, exchanging gifts, and taking her on a “romantic night out”.

“Gypsy has never been on a real date, where you go and sit somewhere, eat food and go watch a movie,” he said, adding, “We decided that every night, we’d lie in bed, we’d go a- “To talk to each other and check in on each other and see how we’re doing, because it’s going to be crazy for a minute.”

Despite all this domestic bliss, the drama continues online. When commenters drew attention to an innocuous selfie posted by Anderson looking like a middle school teacher in a plaid button-up and glasses, Blanchard came to her defense from the “haters.”

“If you get likes and nice comments, great, if you get hate, whatever, because they don’t care,” Blanchard wrote in the comments, “Plus they’re jealous. ‘Cause you’re rocking my world every night…yeah, I said it, D is fire [fire emoji] happy wife happy life [heart emoji],

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