Amanda Bynes’ bizarre life after quitting acting


The US comedy show was hugely successful on the Nickelodeon network and made big stars of its main cast.

But it was the fresh-faced Amanda Bynes who was propelled to the extreme highs of fame, with the 33-year old making headlines this week for her engagement to a mystery man.

The Amanda Show was one of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows.Source:YouTube

The then young teenager, who got her big break as a 10-year-old on sketch series All That, was dubbed a young Carol Burnett, with her co-star Drake Bell saying years later, “Unbelievable talent and funny as well… Way beyond her years, like lightning in a bottle. When we started working together we were 12, 13 years old and the girl was running circles around the adults. She’s unbelievable.”

After three seasons, Bynes left the show and began starring in the popular series What I Like About You as Holly Tyler and made her big-screen debut in the comedy Big Fat Liar, opposite fellow child star Frankie Muniz.

Actor Amanda Bynes with Frankie Muniz in scene from film Big Fat Liar.

Actor Amanda Bynes with Frankie Muniz in scene from film Big Fat Liar.Source:News Limited

After that was chick flick What A Girl Wants with Colin Firth and Kelly Preston, cementing her status as an ‘It girl’ in Hollywood, up against the likes of teen queens Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan.

But it was perhaps her most popular film, She’s The Man, in 2006, which marked the beginning of Bynes’ unravelling.

Bynes won the Favourite Movie Actress award at the Kids’ Choice Awards several times. Picture: Chris Pizzello/AP

Bynes won the Favourite Movie Actress award at the Kids’ Choice Awards several times. Picture: Chris Pizzello/APSource:AP

Years later, in a 2018 interview with Paper magazine, Bynes revealed she “hated” the way she looked in the movie, which led her into a “deep depression”.

“When the movie came out and I saw it, I went into a deep depression for four to six months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy,” she said.

Seeing herself on screen with short hair, thick eyebrows, and sideburns was “a strange and out-of-body experience,” she said.

Bynes in a scene from She’s The Man.

Bynes in a scene from She’s The Man.Source:News Limited

After that, she would only appear in three more feature films before abruptly quitting acting at the age of 24 in 2010.

Following roles in Hairspray (2007), Sydney White (2007) and her last ever movie, Easy A (2010), Bynes took to Twitter to declare she didn’t “love” acting anymore.

This was after filming – and being reportedly sacked – from the 2011 movie Hall Pass with Owen Wilson, in what was set to be her first breakout adult role.

Sources told The Daily Beast she was acting erratically on set, with reps claiming her departure from the movie was due to a “scheduling conflict”.

Bynes at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, a year before she abruptly quit acting. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Bynes at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, a year before she abruptly quit acting. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“If I don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it. I know 24 is a young age to retire, but you heard it here first,” she wrote.

STRING OF CRIMINAL INCIDENTS

In total, Bynes accrued seven car incidents in 2012.

She dropped off the radar for two years before emerging in April 2012, for all the wrong reasons, when she was arrested for a DUI in West Hollywood.

That same month she was arrested again for hitting a car and leaving the scene.

Bynes was arrested again later that year for two hit-and-run driving incidents.

In a separate cry for help, Bynes was charged with reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with evidence for allegedly throwing a bong out of her apartment window.

Bynes in New York. Picture: Splash News

Bynes in New York. Picture: Splash NewsSource:Supplied

She appeared in court to face the charges in New York in 2013, sporting a bizarre long blue wig.

In July that year, she allegedly started a fire in the driveway of a stranger’s house in California, and was hospitalised under a 72-hour mental health evaluation hold.

Her parents, Rick and Lynn, filed for guardianship of their daughter, which was granted.

BIZARRE TWITTER RAGES

Bynes became infamous for her series of crazy, horrible tweets throughout 2013, which were often aimed at fellow celebrities including some of her former cast mates.

Here are a small selection of some of her posts:

March 21, 2013: “I want @drake to murder my vagina”

May 4, 2013: “I f***d @DrakeBell so many times on the Amanda show set oh god”

May 26, 2013: “@Rihanna Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough”

June 2, 3013: “My dad is as ugly as RuPaul! So thankful I look nothing like you both! I had nose surgery after my mug shots so my nose and I are gorgeous!”

June 12, 2013: “@Mileycyrus ur ugly”

June 13, 2013: “I could never marry a German because I’m Jewish”

June 27, 2013: “I love surgery”

June 27, 2013: “@Zacefron has an ugly face”

June 28, 2013: “The only person uglier than @drake is his mom”

July 8, 2013: “Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly!”

Despite seeming to love Drake to begin with, Bynes quickly turned on him.

Despite seeming to love Drake to begin with, Bynes quickly turned on him.Source:Twitter

Following a six-month stint in rehab, Bynes accused her father of emotional and sexual abuse in a series of tweets in October 2014.

“My dad was verbally and physically abuse (sic) to me as a child,” she wrote. “He called me ugly as a child and then asked me if I wanted to have sex with him and I did not know how to respond and I said no and then I was forced to live with my dad which was a total nightmare. My dad fondled himself in front of me so many times that I started recording him on my phone in hopes of catching him saying or doing something inappropriate around me so I could get him arrested and put in jail for the rest of his perverted life. My mom knows that my father’s literally and physically incestual (sic) towards his own daughter and the fact that she never called the police on him embarrasses me to no end. So, today I am meeting with a lawyer to get a restraining order against my dad.”

Bynes’ parents vehemently denied the allegations made by their daughter.

“I am heartbroken today for my husband of 47 years,” Bynes’ mother responded in a statement.

“Rick has never abused Amanda or our other children physically or sexually. These accusations are absolutely horrible and could not be further from the truth! These allegations stem from Amanda’s mental state at the moment.”

A day later, Bynes retracted her accusations in a bizarre way. “My dad never did any of those things. The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me.”

DISAPPEARING FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

A month later, Bynes admitted on Twitter to being diagnosed bipolar and manic depressive. By March of 2015, she wasn’t tweeting at all.

She reappeared in the media in a remorseful interview in 2018 with Paper magazine, where she was she was “ashamed and embarrassed” by her previous behaviour.

“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,” she said.

“I’m really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said. 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.”

She said at the time she had been sober for four years, and was studying merchandise product development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, which she graduated from in June last year.

In her most recent news, Bynes announced her engagement last week to a mystery man, who has since been identified as Paul Michael, on Instagram.

The pair reportedly met late last year at Alcoholics Anonymous.

She took to her Instagram story this week to reveal her next project was a clothing line.

“I’m really looking forward to starting my clothing line,” she said, “and I’m hoping that in the near future it will be out online.”





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