Amanda Bynes Back in Rehab Following Relapse

By Bryan Le 03/04/19

The former child actor had returned to the limelight in 2018 after a prolonged absence during which she became sober.

Amanda Bynes at the 14th Annual Critics` Choice Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Center in Santa Monica on January 8, 2009.
Bynes is back in treatment. Starstock |

Amanda Bynes is back in rehab after a relapse, according to a source close to the star. Bynes seemed to be getting her life back together after spending years in tabloid pages for her drug-fueled behavior, but a source revealed to People that Bynes has been in rehab since January.

The source said trouble started brewing for Bynes around the end of last year, as she geared up for a return to acting. Then sober and taking classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, Bynes spoke openly about her struggles with mental health to Paper magazine.

Bynes found fame as a child on Nickelodeon's sketch comedy show All That before landing starring roles in movies like Big Fat Liar, What a Girl Wants, and She’s the Man. However, seeing herself on the silver screen took a toll on her self-image, especially in 2006’s She’s the Man, in which her character disguises herself as her brother to play soccer.

“When the movie came out and I saw it, I went into a deep depression for 4-6 months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy,” she confessed.

Her feelings didn’t change in her 2010 appearance in Easy A.

“I literally couldn’t stand my appearance in that movie and I didn’t like my performance. I was absolutely convinced I needed to stop acting after seeing it,” she said.

To cope with these feelings, she turned to drugs. Not liking the taste of alcohol, she turned to marijuana when she was 16 years old.

“Even though everyone thought I was the ‘good girl,’ I did smoke marijuana from that point on,” she recounted. “Later on it progressed to doing molly and ecstasy. [I tried] cocaine three times but I never got high from cocaine. I never liked it. It was never my drug of choice.”

She also admitted to abusing Adderall, regularly waking and baking, and spiraling out of control. But she was able to get better, still optimistic and talking of living fearlessly as recently as last November.

“I think that’s kind of how I go about [life] now—like, what’s there to lose? I have no fear of the future,” she said. “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.”

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