A little less than two weeks ago, Amanda Bynes filed documents to end her conservatorship after nine years. 35-year-old Amanda Bynes was put under a conservatorship in 2013 after a series of bad situations and erratic behavior caused her parents Lynn and Rick Bynes to file to take over the decision making for Amanda’s life. Amanda didn’t make a big announcement when she filed those papers; they just quietly got filed and that was that. But she recently popped up on Instagram after an extended social media absence to speak to her supporters and express her gratitude.
Amanda Bynes was allowed access to social media during her conservatorship, but she wasn’t a faithful poster, and sometimes went years at a time between updating the public masses on the comings and goings of her life. For example, Instagram was where she posted a picture of an ultrasound back in 2020 (the update of which came from her lawyer, who informed everyone she had been living at an inpatient mental health facility, and that privacy was requested). Amanda’s boyfriend-slash-possible fiancé Paul Michael has also been quiet on social media, so privacy since then has been successfully achieved. But Amanda’s back with a new Instagram account and a scant handful of posts. The first of which is a video update to let everyone know that she’s got a court date coming up and that she’s very thankful for the #FreeAmanda support. via People:
The former Nickelodeon star, 35, posted a brief video of herself on Instagram Monday, in which she tells the camera, “What’s up Instagram. Amanda Bynes here. My court date is coming up in two weeks. I want to thank you all for your love and support. Peace out.”
It sounds like things might go pretty well at Amanda’s March 22 hearing. Amanda’s lawyer spoke to People last month and said that Amanda believes her condition “is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary.” Amanda’s parents sound like they’re on board with this hearing as well.
Tamar Arminak, an attorney for Bynes’ parents, told NBC News last month that they “100 percent support” her decision to end the conservatorship: “The parents are happy, thrilled to get this good news. The professionals say she is ready to make her own life choices and decisions and are so proud of her.”
Amanda’s quest to end her conservatorship might not be met with too much resistance, and that would be good for her. Because by all accounts, she just wants to be done with this thing. And when it’s over, maybe she’ll be free to post as much as she wants on Instagram. Like more video diaries like the one above. Or even an Instagram Live session. Ideally one titled: Q&A About My Heart Tattoo.