Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who gained infamy after helping plan the murder of her abusive mother, Claudine "Dee Dee" Blanchard, has broken things off with her fiancé, Ken.
Gypsy Rose, 28, met Ken through her prison pen pal program about two years ago. In April 2019, a family friend confirmed the two were set to be wed, calling it a "good thing for her."
“She’s 27 years old, she deserves to be in love and she deserves to have somebody who cares about her,” the friend told PEOPLE. “He’s just there for her."
Alas, the relationship is no more, according to E! News. "The two were planning to get married in January while Gypsy is still in prison, but they have now cancelled those plans. Both Gypsy and Ken are brokenhearted over the situation and still have nothing but love for each other," an insider told the outlet.
They will now be focusing "on themselves as individuals," the insider added.
Gypsy Rose’s story has continued to garner headlines over the years. Her mother, Dee Dee, pretended her daughter had everything from leukemia to muscular dystrophy to developmental issues, and she forced Gypsy to endure multiple surgeries and consume unneeded medications — thought to be a result of a condition known as Munchausen by proxy. Dee Dee also made Gypsy use a wheelchair and feeding tube for many years. Gypsy Rose claims she didn't even know her own age and thought she was much younger than she actually was.
The abuse ended when Gypsy Rose asked her online boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to stab Dee Dee to death in 2015. The pair were caught quickly after; he was sentenced in February to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder. Gypsy Rose was sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for her role in the attack.
Although Gypsy Rose is behind bars, her stepmother, Kristy Blanchard, told Oxygen.com during an April 2 interview she has been set free symbolically.
“She still says, ‘I’d rather be in here than be with my momma,” Kristy said. “She can walk. She can eat.”
More importantly, Kristy says, she can express herself. “She has a backbone now.”
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