If you are a Millenial, then chances are you remember the ray of sunshine that was the teen-star-version of Amanda Bynes.
She was an idol — armed with her sweetness and quick sense of wit beyond her years — who DIDN’T want to be Amanda Bynes when they were thirteen?
And while the teen star seemed to be well on her more success, the world was shocked when they learned of her early retirement from acting in 2010.
At that time, Amanda was only 24 but due to mental health and substance abuse issues — called it quits.
After her retirement, Amanda continued down a troubled path.
In 2014, she faced a mental breakdown, with alarming tweets that caused fans to worry about her.
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But now Amanda is 32-years-old and is back and looking AH-MAZING to say the least.
Pictures of Amanda Bynes shouldn’t have such an emotional impact on me but here I am pic.twitter.com/emQjBLhw9q
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) November 27, 2018
She recently was featured on the cover of Paper magazine for their annual issue titled “Break the Internet.”
After being away from the spotlight, Amanda spoke with Paper about her struggles very frankly.
“I just had no purpose in life. I’d been working my whole life and [now] I was doing nothing. I had a lot of time on my hands and I would ‘wake and bake’ and literally be stoned all day long.”
what did Amanda Bynes do? THAT pic.twitter.com/MJwtzo0Zuf
— 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕 (@mathewrodriguez) November 26, 2018
Many after reading the article have since been ecstatic for the actor who is now healthy and happy.
OUR QUEEN IS BACK! Missed you Amanda Bynes! pic.twitter.com/KdZtBiHSDr
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) November 27, 2018
Amanda shared how for the past four years, she had been sober — crediting her parents for ‘really helping me get back on track.’
Amanda also shared:
I can’t turn back time but if I could, I would, And I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad.
Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter. But it’s definitely not Twitter’s fault — it’s my own fault.
Be really, really careful because you could lose it all and ruin your entire life like I did,’ she said, noting that she is done experimenting with drugs and doesn’t miss them at all.
When I was off of them, I was completely back to normal and immediately realized what I had done — it was like an alien had literally invaded my body, That is such a strange feeling.
But moving forward, Amanda is armed with big plans.
She has been studying at LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for the past four years.
Her new dream is to work as a designer and we could not be more supportive.
More Amanda, please!
If you are feeling distressed with overwhelming feelings, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The lifeline is available 24/7 and is also both free and confidential to those who are in need of support.
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