Child stars can understandably find the pressures of fame, paparazzi, money, and a full working schedule extremely strenuous and they have a history of not handling it all too well. Unfortunately, Amanda Bynes fell victim to the strain, battling with mental health issues and drug abuse. However, it seemed she was back and fighting fit with a photoshoot in Paper Magazine that pretty much broke the internet. She looked totally different to the Amanda Bynes we’ve seen over the past few years and seems like a whole new, optimistic, and fresh person looking to return to acting.
Bynes’s latest social media announcement of her first pregnancy worried fans further. And now it seems things are set to get more complicated.
Amanda was a promising child star, having her own popular TV show, but her public image began to fall apart after she retired from acting in 2010.
In June 2010 Amanda tweeted, “I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it.” Over the next few years, she had a series of car accidents under the influence as well as being spotted smoking a suspicious cigarette.
In 2013, she was reportedly put on involuntary psychiatric hold after starting a fire on a random stranger’s driveway.
In an exclusive photoshoot for Paper Magazine, Amanda Bynes showed a fresh and healthy return to the spotlight.
Amanda told Paper Magazine about the new classes she’d been taking and her shock at how much she was enjoying the Merchandising Math course she’s enrolled on.
Amanda, now thirty-three years old, has been attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising since 2014, enrolling shortly after being put on involuntary psychiatric watch.
Paper Magazine reported that she was “receiving her Associate’s of Art degree in Merchandise Product Development this month before embarking on a Bachelor’s degree immediately thereafter in January.”
The photoshoot took the internet by storm and Amanda fans were happy to see her back on two feet and looking so healthy.
Paper Magazine went on to speak about Amanda’s shock at being good at math: “It’s a class on mark-up percentage, mark-up dollar, retail cost and everything about selling your product,” she explained. “I never really liked math before, but I like this class.”
Amanda went on to reveal to Paper Magazine that “When the movie (She’s The Man) came out and I saw it, I went into a deep depression for 4-6 months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy,” Bynes admitted. She described it as “a super strange and out-of-body experience” that put her “into a funk.”
Paper Magazine reported that “She also said her near-constant Adderall abuse warped her perception of nearly everything and everyone around her. She was high when she saw Easy A – her last film – and admitted that watching it while high caused her to rethink acting entirely.
Amanda made her name acting in youth plays, getting an agent at age 7, then appearing in a series of commercials. Apparently, she appeared in more than twenty in a year.
A Nickelodeon producer saw her perform at The Laugh Factory in LA, then spoke to her parents after the show, encouraging them to let their daughter audition for the cable channel. After the audition, she got a part in All That, like SNL, but for teens.
It was only a few years after that the producers decided they wanted to make a TV show about her, The Amanda Show was born and it was a hit.
Amanda won many awards for her TV show and then went on to greener pastures appearing in movies alongside the likes of Frankie Muniz.
Amanda then began to appear in movies, She told Paper Magazine that she fought for Channing Tatum to be cast alongside her in She’s The Man: “I totally fought for Channing [to get cast in] that movie because he wasn’t famous yet. He’d just done a Mountain Dew commercial and I was like, ‘This guy’s a star — every girl will love him!’ But [the producers] were like, ‘He’s so much older than all of you!’ And I was like, ‘It doesn’t matter! Trust me!'”
Amanda posted her photoshoot and interview with Paper Magazine on Twitter.
And her latest social media movement has fans worried.
She’s been in an on-again-off-again relationship with fiance Paul Michael over the past few months and has just announced she’s pregnant with her first child.
Although it seems the news isn’t all happy – especially according to Bynes’s parents.
“Amanda’s parents are fully aware of her engagement and at this point are not approving Amanda to legally get married under the conservatorship,” a source told E! News.
Amanda has since removed her pregnancy announcement from her Instagram – which has led some to question the potential custody of this unborn baby.
Meaning when the baby is born in around eight months, the plan is reportedly for custody to be shared between Amanda’s father and on-again-off-again fiance.
And Bynes’s attorney has remained similarly evasive, saying, “I’m not confirming that Amanda is expecting and because of that it’s premature for anyone to speculate about who would have custody of Amanda’s unborn child.”
Whatever’s actually going on, we wish Amanda the best of health during this time.