Ever since Britney Spears has officially been freed from her nearly 13-year-long conservatorship, some people have been suggesting, “Great, do Amanda Bynes next.” Because Amanda has been stuck in a 9-year-long conservatorship after having some very public mental health battles. While there hasn’t exactly been a #FreeBynesie, someone wants Amanda Bynes freed from that conservatorship, and it’s Amanda herself. I’m a little disappointed that this wasn’t spearheaded by one of the dancing lobsters. But considering they choose to live in a courthouse, I guess their loyalty lies with the American legal system only.
2013 was not Amanda Bynes’ year. That was the chapter in her life when Amanda was living in New York City, where she was getting arrested for disorderly conduct, shaving her head, getting into wigs, getting into Twitter feuds with Rihanna and Courtney Love, tweeting about having her mind illegally read and her thoughts stolen, tweeting about Drake possibly being interested in murdering her vagina. A lot of really unfortunate Twitter activity happened that year. Eventually Amanda was put on a 5150 hold after setting a fire in the driveway of her neighbor’s home in California. In August 2013, Amanda’s mom Lynn Bynes was granted a temporary conseravtorship over Amanda’s life. About a year after that, Amanda was arrested for driving while on drugs. That, compounded with some other not-great behavior, like accusing her father Rick Bynes of abuse, ended with Amanda checking into a mental health facility. In 2014, Amanda’s parents got a full-time conservatorship over their daughter.
Since then Amanda has been on a sober journey (which has had its ups and downs), and has graduated from FIDM where she was studying fashion. On Wednesday, 35-year-old Amanda Bynes filed to end her conservatorship. via Page Six:
Amanda Bynes filed court documents Wednesday to end her conservatorship after nearly nine years, Page Six exclusively confirms.
The former actress, 35, requested to terminate both the conservatorship of her person and estate in a petition submitted at the Ventura County Superior Court.
Bynes also filed a capacity declaration Tuesday, as California requires all conservatorship cases to have updated records about a conservatee’s mental state from their physician, psychologist or religious healing practitioner.
A hearing will be conducted on March 22 to discuss Amanda’s filing. Amanda’s progress experienced a bit of a blip back in 2020 when she showed up out of nowhere with a heart tattoo on her face and a new fiancé named Paul Michael. There were also conflicting reports about her sobriety, with Amanda claiming to have been freshly one year sober, and other sources claiming she was pressured to once again enter a psychiatric facility to work on her mental health situation. That all ended with a false pregnancy announcement.
So clearly, Amanda is in a better place than she was even two years ago, and feels that she can make it on her own without Lynn and Rick controlling her every move. And, it seems like her attorney agrees. Back in September, Amanda’s lawyer spoke to People magazine, saying that Amanda’s conservatorship is a day-to-day thing and that it can end whenever it’s no longer convenient for Amanda. Her lawyer added that Amanda’s days are currently spent attending school, living by the beach, meditating, going to spin class, and being with her boyfriend Paul. No one can really get much of an update past that, because both Amanda and Paul don’t do social media. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was brought up at Amanda’s hearing, in the event her judge outlines some new conditions for her freedom. “Amanda, your choices are yours now. But please, continue to choose to stay away from Twitter – that seems to be working in your best interest.”