Gypsy Rose Blanchard was born in 1991 to Dee Dee Blanchard and her ex-husband, Rod. Shortly after her birth, her parents split up as Rod claimed he wasn’t ready for a long-term commitment.
It didn’t take long before Dee Dee began fabricating medical issues and assigning them to her daughter. When Gypsy fell off of her bicycle, she was rushed to hospital where her mother claimed that Gypsy’s superficial wound needed several corrective surgeries. Once they returned home, the young girl was placed in a wheelchair.
Dee Dee’s treatment of gypsy began to raise suspicion with the extended Blanchard family. Fearing that her rouse was soon going to be exposed, she left for the town of Slidell, Louisiana.
It was once Dee Dee arrived in Lousiana that her fabrications got seriously out of control. Gypsy’s phantom medical conditions seemed to get more and more extreme by the day and the mother even claimed to have lost her home, along with her daughter’s medical files, in Hurricane Katrina.
Muscle atrophy was the latest ailment added to Gypsy’s laundry list of health problems and a visit to the local hospital culminated in her mother stating that Gypsy also began suffering seizures. The medication was prescribed to treat the convulsions and Dee Dee began forcing her daughter to take them.
After Hurricane Katrina, the Blanchard women were airlifted to Missouri as Gypsy was considered too vulnerable to travel by car. They settled in the town of Aurora where Gypsy quickly became a cherished local celebrity. The local community was touched by Dee Dee’s struggles as a single mother whose life looking after her ailing daughter had been made even more difficult by a natural disaster. The Blanchards were often recipients of free flights and hotel rooms and backstage passes to Gypsy’s favorite singers.