For the first time since announcing her engagement, Gypsy Rose Blanchard's new fiancé was seen by the public. E! has posted an exclusive photo of Gypsy Rose and her husband-to-be Ken along with her father Rod Blanchard, and his wife Kristy Blanchard.
Gypsy Rose is currently in prison for death of her mother, who was killed by Gypsy's boyfriend at the time, Nicholas Godejohn. She met her new fiancé when he wrote to her and they became pen pals. He watched the documentary about her case, Mommy Dead and Dearest, and reached out to her. The began to write to each other, eventually growing closer, until they established a romantic relationship. According to reports, they are waiting until she is released from prison before they get married.
For those unfamiliar with the bizarre and tragic story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, here is a recap.
Gypsy Rose Blanchard lived with her mother Dee Dee Blanchard, and reportedly the girl suffered from a variety of medical conditions including muscular dystrophy and leukemia. However, after Dee Dee was found dead, it became known that Gypsy Rose was actually a victim of Munchausen-by-proxy, and she was never really sick. Gypsy Rose had grown up using a wheelchair, getting her head shaved and being forced to undergo tests and medications at the hands of her mother's mental illness. Muchausen-by-proxy is a mental disorder than can cause caregivers to get attention by inducing illness in another person, in this case, Dee Dee was getting attention, support, and material gain from her daughter's "illnesses".
Gypsy Rose knew there was something wrong, and began to use the internet to talk to men at night while Dee Dee was sleeping. It was here that she met Godejohn, and they began conspiring Dee Dee's murder so that Gypsy Rose could be set free. Prior to this, Gyspy Rose had attempted to get help before, but to no avail. Although her mother's murder was a horrific crime, the abuse that she suffered at her mother's hands for almost 20 years is also unfathomable. Both Godejohn and Blanchard are in prison for the crime, with Gypsy Rose serving a sentence of 10 years.