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Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the 27-year-old woman behind bars after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, is reportedly engaged to her prison pen pal.
She is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in connection to the 2015 killing of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, who abused her for years by pretending Gypsy Rose was terminally ill. Gypsy Rose’s co-conspirator, Nicholas Godejohn, was convicted of first-degree murder and is in prison for life, with no parole.
Gypsy Rose reportedly told her friends and family earlier this year about her engagement.
“They are very happy,” family friend Fancy Micelli told People. “You can hear excitement in her voice.”
Micelli wouldn’t reveal the fiancé’s name, but they reportedly started off as pen pals a year and a half ago, before officially dating.
Gypsy Rose’s stranger-than-fiction story has been the subject of multiple podcasts, specials, and documentaries. Her fiancé reportedly first wrote to her after watching the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest.
Her family hasn’t met him yet, but they’ve spoken to him on the phone and “approve of the engagement,” according to People.
“[This relationship] is a good thing for her,” Micelli told the outlet. “And whether it ends up being that way in the end no one knows, but for her right now it’s a very positive and happy time.”
They’ve decided to hold off on a wedding until Gypsy Rose is released. Her ring can be seen in the above Instagram snap posted by her stepmom, Kristy Matherne Blanchard.
“She’s 27 years old, she deserves to be in love and she deserves to have somebody who cares about her,” Micelli said. “He’s just there for her.”