She looks so different. In the first network interview with Gypsy Rose Blanchard from prison, she appears healthy and relatively happy — considering she’s in jail for the murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. See the moment Gypsy first walks into the room for her interview in the video above.
Dee Dee, who likely had fictitious disorder imposed on another (FDIA) — also known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy — put her daughter through several unnecessary medical treatments throughout her young life, including the removal of her salivary glands, the insertion of a feeding tube, and many other surgeries. She was confined to a wheelchair she didn’t need, and looked rather sickly as a child. But as an adult being interviewed by 20/20, she almost looks like a totally different person.
“When she walks into the meeting room, I’m immediately struck by her radically changed appearance,” Amy Robach said in the interview from January 2018. “She has long, curly hair, makeup, and her once-frail frame has filled out.”
Robach asks Gypsy about her relationship with Nick Godejohn and the former couple’s plan to introduce him to Gypsy’s mother at a screening of Cinderella. “How did it go?” the interviewer says. “Awful. Oh my God. She got jealous because I was spending a little too much attention on him, and she had ordered me to stay away from him. Needless to say, that was a very long argument that lasted a couple of weeks,” Gypsy replies.
When Robach questions Gypsy about what a long argument with Dee Dee entailed, she responds, “Yelling, throwing things, calling me names; bitch, slut, whore.” Finally, Robach asks whether Gypsy hated her mom at that moment, and Gypsy says she didn’t. “You wanted her dead,” the interviewer notes. “Yes,” Gypsy affirms. “But it was not because I hated her, it’s because I wanted to escape her.”
In the end, Gypsy did escape her mother — and ended up in prison with a 10-year sentence from a plea deal, while her ex, Godejohn, was sentenced to life in prison for actually being the one to murder Dee Dee. A fictionalized account of her story plays out on Hulu’s The Act, but her real-life explanation on 20/20 is just as fascinating, if not more so.