Sorry, guys — Gypsy Rose Blanchard is back off the market again after reconciling with fiancé Ken.
Gypsy Rose, who shot to nationwide notoriety after planning the murder of her abusive mother, Claudine "Dee Dee" Blanchard, reportedly found love about two years ago with a man named Ken whom she met through a prison pen pal program. They announced their engagement in April 2019, and E! first obtained photos of the happy couple. At the time, her family was elated.
“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."
Then yesterday, August 28, news broke that Gypsy Rose and Ken were no more: "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 E! News, explaining they were going to focus "on themselves as individuals."
But the breakup proved to be short-lived: The two swiftly got back together after calling off the engagement, In Touch Weekly reports, but this time, the relationship will look a little different.
“They are back together,” Gypsy Rose's stepmother, Kristy Blanchard told In Touch Weekly. “[The] engagement is on, but [they are] taking things slow and want to keep their relationship as private as possible." They still are aiming for a 2020 wedding, “but things can change... and if it changes, … the rest will be kept private until they are ready for people to know. … [They] are keeping their personal lives personal from here on out.”
This isn't the first time a relationship of Gypsy Rose's has attracted headlines. Gypsy Rose asked her online boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to stab her mother, Dee Dee, to death in 2015. Gypsy was allegedly desperate for a way to escape her mother, who is thought to have had a condition known as Munchausen by proxy: 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 — Dee Dee even made Gypsy use a wheelchair and feeding tube for many years.
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.
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