Gypsy Rose Blanchard has spoken out for the first time since being released from prison for murdering her abusive mother.
Blanchard, now 32, was released on parole last week – eight and a half years after she convinced her then-boyfriend to kill her mother Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard in a desperate bid to free her.
For years her mother forced her to pretend she was suffering from leukemia, muscular dystrophy and other serious illnesses.
After her release, Blanchard shared two videos on her Instagram about her New Year's Eve plans and upcoming projects.
“Hey everyone, this is Gypsy,” she said in a video posted on New Year's Eve. “Finally I'm free!”
She added that she was celebrating the day with her dad, stepmom and husband Ryan Scott Anderson, 37, whom she married in 2022 while in prison.
“We're trying to spend the new year together and it's going to be really great to have some family time after so long,” she said in a separate video.
The 32-year-old also promoted her new documentary series, which premiered on January 5, and her e-book: Released: Confessions on the Eve of Freedom.
“It's not a repeat of everything that happened. It's more my reflection of everything I've learned and experienced over the last eight and a half years,” he said of the book.
Blanchard was convicted of second-degree murder in 2016 for her role in the stabbing death of her mother.
Prosecutors said Clauddine had Munchausen syndrome by proxy — a psychological disorder where parents fabricate their child's illness, according to the National Institutes of Health — and subjected her daughter to unnecessary medical treatments for two decades.
Blanchard testified in court that her mother had falsely claimed to be suffering from conditions such as leukemia and muscular dystrophy. She said in an interview with Dr Phil in 2017 that her mother also shaved her head and forced her to eat through a feeding tube.
In 2015, Blanchard and her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, plotted to kill Claudine, prosecutors said, leading Godejohn to stab her at least 17 times at her home in Springfield, Missouri. Blanchard hid in a bathroom during the attack.
After the attack, Godejohn and Blanchard stole money from Claudine, before traveling to Wisconsin by bus.
Authorities were alerted to a post on Claudine's Facebook page that read: “This B*** is dead!”
Officers responded to her home and her body was found on June 14, 2015.
While Blanchard's community was initially concerned about the daughter's disappearance, Blanchard and Godejohn were later arrested and charged with murder.
Blanchard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2016, while Godejohn was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison for murder and 25 years for armed criminal action.
In a recent interview with People published on the day of her release, Blanchard opened up about what's next for her future. She told the report that she remains focused on her loved ones, including her new husband — a special education teacher she met in 2020 after he sent her letters while in prison.
In July 2022, the couple married during a small ceremony at the Missouri State Penitentiary.
“My husband Ryan has been my emotional backbone for the past three years,” she said. “We met when the pandemic was really, really strong and I had a lot of emotional ups and downs because of Covid.”
He also told TMZ that he wants to meet pop star Taylor Swift.