Amanda Bynes has been having a rough time over the past few years ― and what a difference a few years can make! The star has had ups and downs over the past few years, but she’s been essentially in hiding since her very public breakdown back in 2014. Fans of the star (and just about everyone else) will remember her increasingly erratic behavior following her 2012 DUI arrest and the massive head to which it came in 2014 when she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
She’s since cleaned up her act somewhat ― the star enrolled in school and is getting the help she needs from her support system ― but she’s also struggled to stay on the straight and narrow as well. Considering her long hiatus from the public eye, fans are always eager to see what the star is up to now. Well, here she is! And she’s almost unrecognizable compared to her past look!
Who could forget Amanda Bynes girl next door smile? Even more so, who could forget her infamous public break down back in 2014? Well, you won’t be seeing any of that here! The She’s the Man star was spotted out and about for the first time in months, and fans barely recognize her with her new look.
Amanda was spotted hitting the streets with her recovery coach this week rocking long blonde hair, a laid back yet stylish outfit, and a few more pounds. Fans we shocked to see the 31-year-old looking so different, though given the trouble she’s had in the past few years, they were likely relieved to see her out and about at all.
The Sydney White actress made headlines back in 2014 when she suffered a very public mental meltdown. The downward spiral was marked with a number of increasinagly erratic public stunts like her threats to murder her father, sleeping on mall couches, pretending to get engaged, a Twitter tirade about Adolf Hitler, and making it rain dollar bills in hotels among many other things. All of this resulted in the star being placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold by those closest to her.
Since getting out, the former teen star re-enrolled in California’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising — from which she was previously kicked out for cheating and showing up to class high — and cleaned up her act.
Been a While
The last time fans saw the star (last October) she was looking healthier and happier than fans had seen her in quite some time while out shopping in the Miracle Mile neighborhood. At that time she was also joined by a female friend who Daily Mail speculated was her life coach.
A lot of fans were hating on the star after he fall from grace, but just as many were supportive, praiseing Amanda for focusing on her mental health and working towards a better lifestyle instead. Responding to internet trolls, her fans quickly jumped to her defense.
“Posts about #AmandaBynes are really irritating me she cleaned up her act is so doing better and the media is bullying her over weight?!” one follower wrote on Twitter.
Another tweeted, “Honestly I’m so glad to hear that Amanda Bynes is doing better. I love her and I hope she starts acting again soon.”
Unfortunately, news broke that the star was struggling with “a major relapse” just weeks later.