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Gypsy Rose Blanchard says she's 'finally free' in her first video since leaving prison

Samantha Grindell   

Gypsy Rose Blanchard says she's 'finally free' in her first video since leaving prison
  • Gypsy Rose Blanchard said she was "finally free" in a new video shared to social media.
  • The 32-year-old was released from prison after eight years on Thursday.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard is celebrating her newfound freedom on social media.

Blanchard, 32, was released on parole on Thursday after serving 8 years for second-degree murder. In 2015, she asked her then-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn to kill her mother, Clauddine "Dee Dee" Blanchard, who prosecutors said abused Blanchard.

Blanchard's experience with her mother has been widely documented in pop culture in shows like Hulu's "The Act." Dee Dee was believed to have Munchausen by proxy, and Blanchard has said her mother forced her to undergo numerous medical treatments, made her use a wheelchair, and falsely claimed that Blanchard had been diagnosed with diseases including leukemia and asthma.

Blanchard has been active on social media since her release, sharing selfies and photos with her sister and husband, and on Sunday, she posted a video of herself thanking her followers for their support.

"Hey everyone, this is Gypsy," she said in the video. "I'm finally free."

"I just want to send a quick video to thank everyone for the massive amount of support I've been getting on social media," she said. "Everyone has been really, really nice and supportive, and I really appreciate that."

Blanchard also shared some updates about her initial post-prison life in the video, saying she's spending time in Louisiana.

"It's nice to be home," she said. "I'm back home in Louisiana, enjoying a beautiful day outside."

She also spoke about her upcoming Lifetime docuseries,
"The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard," in the video. The three-part special airs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and it offers Blanchard's perspective on her childhood and time in prison. She is also publishing "Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom," on January 9, a book Blanchard said she was "super proud of" in the same video.

"It's not a rehashing of everything that happened," she said of the book. "It's more of my reflection of everything that I've learned and experienced in the last 8.5 years."

Social-media users appear hungry for Blanchard to continue making content. As of Monday, she has 5.5 million followers on Instagram and 5.4 million followers on TikTok. A separate TikTok she posted Sunday about her New Year's celebrations with her family has over 53 million views.

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