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Amanda Bynes has broken her silence on her conservatorship on Instagram


By Holly O'Neill
14th Mar 2022
Amanda Bynes has broken her silence on her conservatorship on Instagram

Amanda Bynes returned to Instagram this week in a rare post to thank her fans for supporting her as she files a petition to end her almost 9-year long conservatorship.

“What’s up, Instagram? Amanda Bynes here. My court date is coming up in two weeks. I want to thank you all so much for your love and support. Peace out,” she said in a now-deleted video on Instagram.

 

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Amanda Bynes has been under the court-ordered conservatorship of her mother and legal guardian Lynn Bynes for nearly 9 years. A hearing expected to end the conservatorship is set for March 22.

Documents submitted to the court say that she “has no apparent impairment in alertness and attention, information and processing, or ability to modulate mood and affect, and suffers no thought disorders,” according to her psychiatrist.

“Ms. Bynes contends her condition has improved, and protection of the court is no longer necessary,” says her lawyer.

Amanda Bynes’ mother supports the termination of the conservatorship, with her legal team saying that “this conservatorship that Lynn brought has always been intended to be temporary, and Lynn is extremely happy and thrilled and proud of Amanda and ready to terminate this conservatorship based on the hard work Amanda has done.”

The 35-year-old actress who starred in Hairspray, Easy A and The Amanda Show has been out of the spotlight for the last decade and has been under the conservatorship since August 2013, when she allegedly set a driveway on fire. The details of her conservatorship bear a disturbing similarity to Britney Spears; both young and successful female stars under severe public scrutiny had their erratic behaviours and personal lives highly publicised – in Bynes case, in a series of troubling tweets – in a media frenzy and Bynes was hospitalised and put under the same 5150 psychiatric hold as Britney before her conservatorship began.

During this 30-day psychiatric hold, a judge granted a temporary conservatorship to Bynes’ parents, putting them in charge of her personal, medical and financial matters. While Bynes got control of her finances back in 2017, the conservatorship was extended many times over the last 9 years and her mother is still in charge of all her personal affairs.

Amanda Bynes’ lawyer David A. Esquibias told People that Bynes now “believes her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary.”

Photography via @amanda.bynes1986.