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Gypsy Rose Blanchard Gains Praise After Revealing Inspirational Books And Movies

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on July 1, 2024 at 3:45 PM EDT

Gypsy Rose Blanchard has continued to gain popularity ever since she was released on parole in December 2023.

In 2015, Nicholas Godejohn fatally stabbed Clauddine 'Dee Dee' Blanchard, with Gypsy allegedly hearing the entire incident from the room next door. The pair had conspired to end Dee Dee's life after Gypsy endured years of abuse at her hands.

After serving eight and a half years in prison, Gypsy has continuously told her story and advocated for Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental illness and a form of child abuse. For those who do not know, the caretaker of a child, most often a mother, either makes up fake symptoms or causes real symptoms to make it look like the child is sick.

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Through a web of fabricated illnesses like leukemia, sleep apnea, and muscular dystrophy, Dee Dee managed to convince both doctors and the public that Gypsy needed round-the-clock care and specialized equipment, including a wheelchair.

Now, Gypsy Rose Blanchard is sharing her story and inviting fans into her life. She recently started a YouTube channel where she engages with her supporters, including answering questions from fans. One fan recently asked her about books or movies that have inspired her.

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Which Book Series Inspires Gypsy Rose?

Gypsy Rose Blanchard taking a selfie
Instagram | Gypsy Rose Blanchard

In the newly uploaded YouTube video, Gypsy Rose shared that she is a huge fan of the popular "Harry Potter" franchise.

"I've always been a huge fan of the 'Harry Potter' books," she revealed. "I feel like the overall message of the books [are] so inspiring, and I feel like I kind of relate to that a little bit."

"It's all about, you know, overcoming some part of your past that has been very dark for you," she continued. "So, for Harry, it was losing his parents and defeating Voldemort and, you know, going on this quest for the greater good."

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"For me, you know, it's overcoming the abuse that I went through and seeing how I could make a difference in the world going forward for the greater good, so I guess I can relate to that a little bit. Different circumstances, but the message is the same," she concluded.

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How Do Fans Feel About Her Choice?

Gypsy Rose Blanchard at An Evening With Lifetime: Conversations On Controversies FYC Event

After hearing her pick, fans rallied behind Gypsy, praising her for her choice. "'HARRY POTTER!' Yes! You need to read the 'ACOTAR' series!" one social media user claimed.

"Same girl, same. We’ve got this!" another wrote.

"OMG, love so much," a third said as a fourth suggested, "You should read 'Percy Jackson!'"

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Gypsy Rose Blanchard Rises To Fame

Gypsy Rose Blanchard takes a selfie
Instagram | Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose's story captivated the public and media, sparking a 2017 MAX documentary titled "Mommy Dead and Dearest" and a Hulu series called "The Act."

For those who aren't familiar, Dee Dee Blanchard was tragically found stabbed to death in her Springfield, Missouri home in 2015. Gypsy Rose and Gypsy's then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, became suspects after police recovered incriminating text messages detailing the murder plot.

In 2016, Gypsy Rose faced trial in connection with her mother's death, where it was uncovered that Gypsy had never been as ill as Dee Dee claimed—her mother had fabricated her medical history and misled everyone into believing she was seriously ill. Dee Dee went as far as persuading doctors to administer unnecessary treatments and surgeries.

A Victim Of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

Gypsy Rose Blanchard takes selfie on the beach
Instagram | Gypsy Rose Blanchard

As Dee Dee took Gypsy to countless doctors, she knew just how to persuade them into prescribing all sorts of medications, most likely because she worked as a nurse's aide.

“I was just as much in the dark as much as everyone else,” Gypsy admitted. “[The] only thing I knew is that I could walk. As for everything else, the leukemia the epilepsy, I was taking medication that [Dee Dee] said was cancer medicine.”

And it didn't stop there. Alongside the supposed cancer treatments, Dee Dee got doctors to hand over painkillers like Vicodin. “Nobody knows that I even had an addiction before prison, let alone in prison,” the ex-convict revealed in her Lifetime docuseries, "The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard."

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Gypsy Rose Blanchard Admits To Being Addicted To Vicodin

Gypsy Rose Blanchard on An Evening With Lifetime: Conversations On Controversies FYC Event

“The doctors had prescribed me pain medication after the surgery,” she said in the docuseries. “But when the pain medication ran out, I was still in pain and my mother had a prescription for Vicodin."

"And so when she wasn’t looking, I would just go and take one or two from her bottle. I didn’t know what addiction really was. I just knew that it was a craving that was all I could think about. I wanted another one," the ex-convict added.

"The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard" is streaming now on Lifetime.

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