Gypsy Rose Blanchard is ready for the world to hear her side of the story.
During 18 months, Blanchard was interviewed in prison for the Lifetime documentary The prison confession of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Which will premiere on Friday night at 8 pm. (The six-part series airs in installments of two episodes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.)
The document contains many revelations that Blanchard has not yet shared with many, if any, other people, many of which will surprise viewers (no spoilers here).
While her story has been told multiple times in news stories, an HBO doc, and even in scripted form (Hulu’s Act), as well as in a prison interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, it is the first time he has spoken in such detail about the events leading up to his mother’s murder. It also gives viewers insight into her time in prison, her marriage to Ryan Anderson (they met and married while she was in prison), and her remorse for the actions that led to her conviction.
For those who may not know, Blanchard was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016 after she pleaded guilty to inciting her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, who she met online, to kill her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, who then accused Blanchard of Was forced to show it off for years. She suffered from serious illnesses, including leukemia, muscular dystrophy and other serious illnesses. He was released on parole from Chillicothe Correctional Facility in Missouri on December 28 after serving 85 percent of his original sentence.
“I’ve had a chance to analyze everything that’s happened to me, and now I’m finally telling the whole story in my own words,” she says in the doc.
Spoke to Blanchard ahead of its premiere hollywood reporter About why she wanted to open up so candidly, what she’s been up to since her release and what advice she would have for others in her previous situation.
Congratulations on your parole. What have you been up to since your release?
Honestly, I’m spending my time reconnecting with my father [Rod Blanchard] And my stepmom, Christy, and really spending time with my husband. Now we are back home in Louisiana, and we are settling into married life. I definitely had to peek into her closet and put my clothes on the shelf and now integrate myself into her life. I am making this my home.
In the Lifetime documentary you say that the first thing you wanted to do when you were released was hug your family for 10 minutes. Were you able to spend that special moment with them?
I did. It was the most beautiful moment. I think I hugged each person for 10 minutes.
You have shared a lot of revelations in this documentary that no one knew about, including your own family. What made you want to open up so honestly?
I think the biggest reason why I held back for so long and am coming forward now is because I was not emotionally ready at that time. There are so many things to unpack in my life – so much more than just being with my mom. And so I think at the time of my previous interviews, everything revolved around my mother and me. So I think now I’m coming to a place where I can be more confident to open up a little bit more and feel like I’m in a fairly safe place. [open up], That’s why I’m so candid in this documentary.
Do you know of other documentaries and series? Act, Did it tell your story? Have you seen them, and did you feel like this Lifetime document was a chance to correct any mistakes?
I haven’t really seen anything like documentaries Act. I haven’t seen that, and so I don’t know what’s wrong with those versions of things. I’m just coming in, sharing my whole truth. And I think people can correct those inaccuracies themselves by watching this documentary series. So I’m just coming out and sharing my story and the whole truth. That’s how I’m doing it.
In the document, you talk about the importance of therapy. Do you feel like it was a form of therapy?
In a way it was because you’re talking about it, you’re getting it out there. You know, there were times when I was struggling with emotions I wasn’t expecting at all. So, yes, I think opening up in interviews is a form of therapy in itself.
The makers also tell you things you didn’t know your mom told your doctors, including the lie that you were afraid to eat, which resulted in a feeding tube being inserted. Do you still feel like there are a lot of things you don’t know about what she was telling people?
Oh hell yeah. Absolutely. There is so much to uncover in my life, and I only know my perspective. So when I’m talking with family, I’m constantly learning new revelations from them that I had no idea about. So it’s like I’ve got my own version of my life and then everyone has their own version of things. So I’m piecing things together as I go along.
In the document, the doctor you met with calls your mother a “psychopath.” Do you think that’s an accurate assessment of him, or do you think it’s a little harsh?
I really didn’t know this. So you just told me something. i didn’t know. I don’t think that’s an accurate description. I know she suffered from mental health issues, but I’m nowhere close to having a PhD. To know what are the definitions of psychopath. But to that effect, the way it is used in a common, derogatory way, [that is] Absolutely not [true], She was a very ill woman who had many mental health issues and would require medication. She would need mental health therapy, and she was not getting it. So I think that was the problem with my mother, I don’t think she was a crooked person. I just think he’s going to need a lot of mental health therapy and help.
You say you were a “people pleaser” when you entered prison, and if you had not done time in prison you would not have been prepared for what came next. What do you think is the biggest change that happened to you while you were in jail?
Honestly, I think about maturity because I was not allowed to have the experiences that build maturity. So now in prison, I was able to take those experiences and grow from them. I’m the type of person that, I’ll make a mistake, learn from it and move on, and hopefully never make it again. So I definitely think that level of maturity has come and from when I first got to jail to actually coming out of jail and feeling like a confident woman, you can see the change, like That I can stand my ground, that I can say no even when I need to be my own best advocate. This is the journey I went through in prison to become my own best advocate.
What will happen next? Where do you go from here?
Right now I’m just trying to take it day by day, just trying to be really present in the moment and trying to enjoy the time that I have because everyone says, if You blink, your life is over. So I’ve been enjoying, for the last eight and a half years, I’ve been excited about this new life and ready to start it. Every day is a daily kind of process for me.
Do you have Hollywood ambitions? What if, say, dancing with the Stars Producer call?
No, no, I can’t dance, (Laughs.) I’m not the best person when it comes to rhythm, but you never know. Sometimes opportunities come and it depends on whether I want to take advantage of it or not. So, I am taking it day by day and we will see, whatever opportunities come, we will see if I want to go ahead with it.
I saw you’re a Taylor Swift fan. What is your favorite song of his? Are there any that resonate most?
Yes, I’m a Swiftie. All his songs are really good. I really like the song “Eyes Open” and I’m really digging “Karma” right now. “Karma” is one I have been playing frequently in my playlist. That’s why I’m emphasizing that.
On a more serious note, what would you like to say to victims of abuse or those suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy? Have a message you would like to share?
Absolutely. I guess I would just like to share that you are not alone. Someone will listen to you. If you have a friend, even a friend, or even if you go up to someone at the grocery store and say to someone, “Listen, I feel like I’m in a bad mood right now.” I am in a situation and would need some help. Can you help me?” This is what I wish I would have done. I regret how things turned out for me. I regret the choices I made, and I wish I did Before anyone would have given me that kind of message.