Here's the latest on the Amanda Bynes’ gradual return to the spotlight.
Now she’s opened up once again about her public meltdown in a profile for PAPER magazine’s annual “Break The Internet” issue. She’s setting the record straight about her troubled past – in response to the “armchair psychiatrists” who tried to diagnose her “strange” behavior, she says it was actually all fueled by drug abuse.
Bynes says that things started to go downhill after she shot her 2006 movie “She’s The Man.” After seeing herself in boy drag, she says she fell into a “deep depression for four to six months,” which only escalated as she was cast in the 2007 movie adaptation of “Hairspray.” Once she saw a magazine advertise Adderall as the “new skinny pill,” that’s when she went into a downward spiral.
Soon, her acting career was being affected along with her self-esteem – as demonstrated by her abrupt departure from the 2010 film “Hall Pass.” Between being “stoned all day long,” abusing Adderall, and experimenting with other drugs like ecstasy and cocaine, she says her drug use became “a really dark, sad world.” That’s when she admits she “ruined” all she had built “through Twitter.”
But now, she’s four years sober. Not only is she planning on continuing her education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, but she says she’s excited to get back into acting, too. Taking inspiration from her childhood favorite brand “No Fear,” she says, “I have no fear of the future. I’ve been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it’s only up from here.”
- About her infamous tweets, she says that she’s “really ashamed and embarrassed” about them. “It was like an alien had literally invaded my body,” she explains. “I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me.”