This Mother's Day, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was at the center of a controversial case involving her mother's death, took to social media to express her complex feelings. In a deeply personal eight-minute TikTok video, Gypsy Rose, who recently completed nearly eight years in prison for second-degree murder, chose to honor her late mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, alongside other influential women in her life.

The video began with a clear message as Gypsy Rose turned off comments to ward off negativity. "I don't want to hear any negative bull----," she stated, clarifying that her space was a platform for reflection, not criticism. Gypsy Rose used the occasion to acknowledge the strong women who have supported her, mainly focusing on the memory of her mother with whom she had a turbulent relationship, to say the least.

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Despite the very complicated details of their relationship, Gypsy Rose chose to remember Dee Dee for the positive aspects of her character. "Was she a good mom? No. Was she the best mom in the world? No. But she was still my mom," Blanchard reflected, choosing to focus on her personal feelings rather than the public's judgment. Her speech sometimes mentioned forgiveness and personal growth, highlighting her journey toward understanding and healing.

In addition to her biological mother, Gypsy Rose thanked her stepmother, Kristy Blanchard, describing her as an "incredible, kickass woman" and "Aunt Vickie," a close family friend. She also expressed gratitude towards her boyfriend Ken Urker's mother, Raina Williams, whom she met during a prison visit in 2019. According to Gypsy Rose, Raina's acceptance and love significantly affected her feeling of being valued and loved.

The video concluded with an emotional acknowledgment of these women's unconditional support. "Thank you for loving me through a time when I felt unlovable and accepting me no matter what 'cause that means everything to me," she said, visibly moved.

While Gypsy is well aware of the mixed feelings that the public harbors about her past, she still chooses to share her message on the power of forgiveness and the impact of mother figures in our lives, regardless of the complexities of past relationships.

As she moves forward, it's clear that Gypsy Rose values the lessons learned from all the maternal figures in her life, both good and bad.

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