Subject of "The Act" - Gypsy Rose Blanchard - is engaged


For the first time in her life, Gypsy Rose Blanchard is finally in control. 

Gypsy became a national true crime sensation when it was revealed in 2015 that she planned the murder of her mother Dee Dee Blanchard with her then-boyfriend after suffering years of medical child abuse.

It's been nearly five years and following the release of HBO doco Mommy Dead and Dearest and TV series The Act, the public are still questioning if she's a victim or a villain.

And the latest news in Gypsy's odd story: The 27-year-old is engaged. She's even said once that 10 years in prison is "better" than 10 more years under her mother's care.

"In some ways they're the same, but now I'm so much more freer," Gypsy said of her life in prison compared to her life with her mother during her 20/20 interview. "The prison I was living in before with my mom, it was like I couldn't walk, I couldn't eat, I couldn't have friends. Over here, I feel like I'm freer in prison than living with my mom. [I can] live like a normal woman."

And that includes an engagement.

Fancy Macelli, a family friend who also serves as a public spokesperson for the Blanchards, confirmed to E! News that Gypsy got engaged earlier this year.

"It's something that she's been keeping under wraps for a little bit," Macelli shared with us. "It's very exciting for her, she's very excited."

Macelli added, "She's doing really, really well and I think there has been a maturity that has happened because now she's able to have normal, normal-ish relationships with people that are not controlled by one person."

Due to a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care, Dee Dee had everyone—including over 100 doctors that had provided consultations and treatments and organizations like Make-A-Wish, even Gypsy's own father—that her daughter was a paraplegic battling muscular dystrophy, leukemia and epilepsy. 

Dee Dee would also tell doctors her daughter had a history of mental retardation, operating at the same level as a seven year-old, all while putting her hands over Gypsy's ears. 

This control lead to Gypsy rebelling against her mother by secretly setting up a profile on a Christian dating site, which put her in contact with Nicholas Gottejohn, the man who would ultimately be sentenced to life in prison for stabbing Dee Dee to death. 

In prison, Gypsy has no real access to the Internet and dating apps, with Macelli revealing Gypsy met her now-fiancé the old-fashioned way: They were pen pals, with her mystery boyfriend reaching out to her first after watching Mommy Dead and Dearest about a year and a half ago.

"He wanted to just write and tell her you know support her, be kind to her and this and that turned into a relationship through email and this pen pal situation and then he went and visited her and really that was the beginning of this friendship which turned into something more than a friendship," she revealed. "I'm not sure quite the timeline of when it became more than a friendship. I think she's keeping some things to herself so that she feels that she can control some stuff in her life for once."

The pair ultimately decided to get enaged. It's a far cry from Gypsy's first relationship and the turn it took.

After pleading guilty, Gypsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison in July 2016, the minimum sentence for a second-degree murder charge. She's eligible for parole in 2024, when she will be 32 years old.

The Act is available on Lightbox.