What We Know About The New ‘Gypsy Rose: Life After Lock Up’ Documentary

Gypsy Rose is giving us new insight into her life.
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Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s new documentary Gypsy Rose: Life After Lock Up is nearly here and we’re breaking down the trailer, what to expect and what is new in her life, after lock up.

This series offers an intimate and unfiltered look at Gypsy’s new life outside of prison. It captures everything from the joyous moments of newfound freedom to the trials of navigating relationships and confronting her past, including the abuse from her mother. As Gypsy deals with her fame and the public’s perception of her, she embarks on a delayed coming-of-age journey. She strives to reconcile the pop-culture version of herself with her new identity as a wife, sister, daughter, and most importantly, a free woman adjusting to a “normal” life.

Who is Gypsy Rose?

Three years ahead of schedule, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was released from Chillicothe Correctional Center in Missouri, on Thursday, December 28, at 3:30 a.m. The 32-year-old was sentenced to 10 years for orchestrating the murder of her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, after enduring years of abuse.

Gypsy’s story is one of the most well-known cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare mental illness where a caretaker, often a mother, fabricates or induces illness in a child for attention and sympathy. Documentaries like Gypsy’s Revenge revisit the abuse and the subsequent murder.

In 2015, Gypsy and her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, conspired to kill Dee Dee, who had forced Gypsy to fake serious illnesses. Gypsy and Nicholas stabbed Dee Dee 17 times.

Having served 85 per cent of her sentence, Gypsy has now re-entered the community as a healthy young woman, free from any physical illnesses, ready for a makeover and ready to check items off her bucket list post-prison.

Life as a free woman

The trailer already delves into Gypsy’s somewhat turbulent life after prison and in the trailer’s opening moments, Gypsy Rose tearfully tells her then-husband Ryan that she wishes she could be happier, to which he retorts, “Go call Ken. You’re probably already talking to him anyway.” Their marital strife unfolds on screen, with scenes of their arguments and Gypsy’s tears featured in the second part of the trailer. Viewers will also get an inside look at Gypsy’s sex life, her adjustment to sudden fame, and her journey through plastic surgery.

The docu-series will air in the USA on the cable network Lifetime which has released the details for the first two episodes.

The premiere episode, “So This Is Freedom,” explores Gypsy Rose’s initial hours after her release from prison.

“In her first 12 hours of freedom, paparazzi chase Gypsy. The court threatens her with a parole violation if she doesn’t leave the state of Missouri. And Gypsy’s first taste of freedom makes her fearful of going back to prison,” Lifetime Network shares.

The second episode, “Independence Is Scary,” delves into the collapse of Gypsy’s marriage to Ryan Anderson. Expect explosive drama as Gypsy’s stepmother, Kristy Blanchard, contacts Gypsy’s ex-fiancé, Ken Urker.

How to watch

Gypsy Rose: Life After Lock Up spans eight episodes, and the documentary’s first episode will be released on Monday, June 3 in the USA with the following episodes to be released weekly, on Monday evenings at 9pm Easter Standard Time. Unfortunately, the Lifetime Network has yet to release details of when or where the series will be available to stream in Australia, however, no doubt more details will be released ahead of the premiere date.

Challenges on the road ahead

There is plenty of fan excitement to see behind the scenes of Gypsy Rose’s life after prison, and onlookers will finally get to see what led to the downfall of her marriage, as teased in the trailer. Stand-out moments, such as Gypsy’s decision to undergo plastic surgery and how she plans to live her life in her thirties but seemingly still discovering the world with new eyes like someone much younger in their adolescence.

What are you most excited to see in the new documentary?

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