Many of us who love and care about Amanda Bynes have been extremely worried for the former child actor in recent years. After reportedly leaving a sober living facility, she decided to load up on face tats and get engaged to Paul Michael, before breaking it off three weeks later. She also briefly reported she was pregnant, although her lawyer has since confirmed otherwise.
With Amanda making such big (and rapid) life changes, does this mean she's still under a conservatorship? If so, will she be able to petition her conservatorship like Britney Spears has recently? Here's everything we know about Amanda's current situation and if she is still in a conservatorship.
Here's Amanda Bynes's conservatorship, explained.
It all started back in 2010, according to Talbot Law Group, when Amanda's life started spiraling out of control. She began making questionable comments on Twitter, ranting about anything from Nazi Germany to Chris Brown and Rihanna's relationship. She even said that she only "follows beautiful people," in an attempt to wreak havoc with the notoriously beautiful Rihanna. Needless to say, it was clear something was deeply wrong with the ex-Nickelodeon star.
Amanda's parents ultimately filed for a conservatorship two years later in 2012, after the actress had been arrested for a series of car accidents. She also locked herself in the bathroom of a cupcake store at one point, threw a bong out a New York City window, and started a fire in the driveway of a California resident. Out of fear that she would harm herself or others, Amanda's parents became the conservators of her "person" (aka healthcare), and "estate" (aka finances) in 2013.
Do Amanda Bynes's parents still have the conservatorship?
As of October 2016, Amanda appeared to be doing much better than she had been previously. She was attending FIDM as a full-time fashion student, had aspirations to potentially get back into acting, and appeared to be completely sober from drugs or alcohol. Regardless, according to E!, her conservatorship was extended through 2020, and apparently, she wasn't happy about it.
In February 2020, Refinery29 reported that Amanda planned to petition her conservatorship for better control over her medical finances. She said in a since-deleted Instagram live, "I have been going to a treatment center that charges $5,200 a month. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t go to a therapist who takes my insurance for $5,000 less a month. This is why I’ve asked to see the judge next week regarding this conservatorship issue."
The hearing was reportedly scheduled for Sept. 15, 2020, but what became of it remains a mystery. Refinery29 also reported that in 2017 Amanda's conservatorship was extended through 2020, but she is slowly regaining more control of her life—currently, Amanda has control of her finances, but her mother, Lynn Bynes, still holds the reins on medical and living expenses.
Amanda had seemingly been going through a chaotic time — the What I Like About You actress apparently left rehab, got various face tattoos, became involved in an on-and-off relationship with Paul Michael, and at one point even announced she was pregnant. However, in recent months, she's settled down into a quieter life.
In April 2021, Amanda's lawyer, David A. Esquibias, told People Magazine she was very happy ahead of her 35th birthday. "Amanda is doing great. She lives by the beach, attends school and is enjoying meditation and Soul Cycle classes."
Fans are thankful it seems the worst might be over for Amanda, but hopefully she will also be able to petition the court again for control over her conservatorship.