In case you somehow missed it (I say that tongue-in-cheek because it’s been all over my social media feed), Gypsy Rose Blanchard is officially out of prison as of very early this morning.
Quickly, if you’re not familiar with the truly wild story of Gypsy Rose, the 32-year old was sentenced to 10 years in prison back in 2015 for the murder of her abusive mother, Dee Dee. At the time of the crime, Gypsy’s mother had convinced everyone that her daughter was disabled, unable to walk and required around-the-clock care.
But it later turned out to be a severe case of Munchausen by proxy, and the severely undernourished Gypsy was not really disabled at all. And her and her boyfriend, who she had met online without her mother’s knowledge, had devised a plan to kill Dee Dee in order to free Gypsy from her abuse.
It’s a story that captivated the country, and numerous movies and documentaries have been released about the bizarre story, including the popular Mommy Dead and Dearest. Ultimately, most people felt sorry for Gypsy for the years of abuse she was forced to suffer at the hands of her mother, and ultimately she pled guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Now a free woman, people have been intrigued to see what her next steps will be, as she turns a new chapter and begins a new life.
Gypsy is first planning to head to Arrowhead Stadium, as she has tickets to the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Cincinnati Bengals on New Years Eve, and wants to meet Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift.
But it sounds like Gypsy used to be a big fan of country music’s own superstar Miranda Lambert.
In fact, according to the 2018 20/20 documentary series Gypsy’s Truth and Lies, Gypsy actually got to see Miranda in concert several times when Miranda came through Springfield, Missouri, where Gypsy lived for much of her childhood.
She met Miranda and her then-husband Blake Shelton while being treated to the full VIP experience, getting to hang out backstage some too, and it’s pretty damn wild to think about now that this story has become such a popular topic in pop culture.
According to Laura Nixdorf, a family friend of Gypsy and her late mother Dee Dee, Miranda actually sent them money back in 2013:
“Miranda Lambert came to Springfield a few times, and I think she gave DeeDee and Gypsy money.”
In the documentary, they even show the personal check from Miranda’s business account, one of which was for $3,500. According to The Guardian, Miranda sent them a series of checks that ultimately totaled $6,000, likely in an effort to help ease their financial situation.
A very nice and generous thing to do of course, though now I can only imagine what that meeting was like for Miranda talking to DeeDee, and I would just love to know the whole backstory behind all of it and Miranda’s recollection of it all now.
I mean, she did it out of the goodness of her heart, but damn if it didn’t turn out to be an incredibly insane, and tragic, story in the long run.
You can watch the part about Miranda in the documentary below, it’s pretty mind-blowing: