Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the young woman at the center of Hulu's true crime series The Act is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Despite the fact that she's currently in prison, the 27-year-old recently revealed to family and friends that she is engaged to be married.
Family friend Fancy Macelli revealed to PEOPLE that Gypsy Rose shared her happy news earlier this year, with Macelli stating that, “they are very happy. You can hear excitement in her voice.” The couple met when they began to exchange letters during Gypsy Rose's prison sentence, and have known each other for about a year and a half, Macelli told the magazine. She is keeping his identity private as per Blanchard's wishes.
Blanchard's former boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder in Dee Dee's death. Before Hulu's true crime series aired, HBO released their own documentary on the subject titled Mommy Dead and Dearest and Macelli says that it was after watching it that Gypsy Rose was first contacted by the man who is now her fiancé.
"That turned into a relationship through email," Macelli explained to E! News, "and then he went and visited her... That was the beginning of this friendship, which turned into something more than a friendship. At the beginning of this year, they decided to get engaged." Although the couple is engaged, there is no rush to wed, Micelli revealed. She said both are happy to wait until Gypsy is released from prison before saying "I do."
Macelli is in favor of the couple, adding that her friend is "happy" and "flourishing" in prison and working on making herself a better person for when she is released, including working on getting her GED. She says that Gypsy, who is eligible for parole in 2024 wants to start her life over when she's released. "Gypsy is very adamant about wanting to come out and do something good for the community in that way. But other than that, she just wants to live a normal existence with her fiancé and have a family and be happy."
Macelli thinks this new relationship is what her friend deserves after all she's been through. “She’s 27 years old, she deserves to be in love and she deserves to have somebody who cares about her,” Macelli told PEOPLE. “He’s just there for her."
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