Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s relationship with her stepmother, Kristy, takes center stage in the new Lifetime docuseries, “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.” Despite the tumultuous past, Gypsy and Kristy share a close bond, revealing intimate details about Gypsy’s early life, the murder trial, and her time in prison.
Rod Blanchard, Gypsy’s father, married Kristy after divorcing Gypsy’s mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Despite Dee Dee and Rod’s separation before Gypsy’s birth, both Rod and Kristy maintained a close relationship with Gypsy during her early years. However, as Gypsy grew older, her relationship with her father became strained due to Dee Dee’s control over her life.
In June 2015, Gypsy pleaded guilty to the murder of Dee Dee and served eight years in prison. Following Dee Dee’s death, both Rod and Kristy continued to offer their support to Gypsy.
The docuseries delves into key aspects of Gypsy and Kristy’s relationship:
- Early Relationship: Kristy and Rod began dating when Gypsy was just six months old. They actively participated in Gypsy’s life during her early years, attending events together, including the Special Olympics.
- Media Appearances: Kristy appeared alongside Rod in the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest.” However, she expressed dissatisfaction with Hulu’s series “The Act,” citing inaccuracies, particularly in the portrayal of Gypsy’s friend Aleah Woodmansee.
- Stepmother’s Support: Gypsy praises Kristy as the “mom she always wanted to have.” Kristy played a crucial role in Gypsy’s life, offering unwavering support, especially during challenging times.
- Personal Struggles: Gypsy confided in Kristy about personal struggles, including an allegation of molestation by her grandfather, Claude Pitre. Kristy expressed her love and support for Gypsy during difficult moments.
- Drug Addiction and Sobriety: Gypsy faced drug addiction in prison but later confided in Kristy about the issue. Despite initial upset, Kristy appreciated Gypsy’s honesty and supported her journey to sobriety.
- Parole Hearing: Kristy attended Gypsy’s parole hearing, speaking on her behalf. She acknowledged Gypsy’s actions without condoning them, emphasizing her understanding of the circumstances.
- Unconditional Love: Kristy reassured Gypsy of her love during prison visits, emphasizing her continuous support. Even after contentious moments, Kristy remained a pillar of strength for Gypsy.
- Relationship Concerns: Kristy initially had reservations about Gypsy’s relationship with Ryan Scott Anderson, expressing concerns when they announced their engagement. Despite our differences, Kristy guided me during challenging times.
The Lifetime docuseries provides an intimate look into the complex dynamics of Gypsy and Kristy’s relationship, showcasing their resilience and unwavering support for each other.