Many of us who love and care about Amanda Bynes have been extremely worried about the former child actor in recent years. After a tumultuous few years during which the star dealt with mental health issues and run-ins with the law, her parents placed her under a conservatorship in 2013.
The star filed the paperwork to end the nearly nine-year-long conservatorship in February 2022 with her family's support. Now, it appears that Amanda's fate has officially been sealed with a judge's decision. Here's everything we know about Amanda's current situation and whether she is still in a conservatorship.
Reports reveal that Ventura County, Calif., Judge Roger Lund has officially terminated Amanda's conservatorship.
Amanda Bynes is officially a free woman! According to CNN, Ventura County Judge Roger Lund made the decision to officially end Amanda's conservatorship on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
"The conservatorship is no longer needed or required, and therefore the petition for termination is granted," said Judge Lund per the outlet.
NBC News shared in February that Amanda's parents are in full support of Amanda's decision to end the conservatorship.
"The parents are happy, thrilled to get this good news," attorney Tamar Arminak told the outlet on Feb. 25, 2022. "The professionals say she is ready to make her own life choices and decisions and are so proud of her. They 100 percent support her decision to end the conservatorship."
Here's Amanda Bynes' 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 apparent attempt to wreak havoc with 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 residence. 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.
In 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 that she was slowly regaining more control of her life and had control of her finances, while her mother still controlled her medical and living expenses.)
Amanda had seemingly been going through a chaotic time — after the What I Like About You actress apparently left rehab in 2019, she got various face tattoos and became involved in an on-and-off relationship with Paul Michael. At one point she even appeared to announce she was pregnant, though her lawyer later confirmed otherwise.
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 birthday: "Amanda is doing great. She lives by the beach, attends school, and is enjoying meditation and Soul Cycle classes."
Now that Amanda is finally free, she can live life on her own terms — as she deserves. Congratulations are definitely in order! We wish Amanda all the best!