Amanda Bynes after she locks herself in another bathroom: “there is no craziness”

These are photos of Amanda Bynes out in NY on 9-29, trying to hide behind her shopping bag while talking on the phone. I kind of love her shoes. A few days ago, CDAN ran an item floating the theory that troubled actress Amanda Bynes, 26, was somehow faking her breakdown à la Joaquin Phoenix. They wrote that some people claim Amanda “has staged a lot of what has happened,” but that they personally don’t think she’s putting on a show. Amanda seems genuinely disturbed, judging from her multiple hit and runs, and her bizarre behavior in public. She regularly stays in bathrooms in public places for hours, even now that she’s in New York. Star Magazine has a new story that isn’t as worrisome, but still shows Amanda’s having issues. She test drove a Porsche for sale, despite the fact that she couldn’t drive a stick, and then asked the owner to drive her around like a chauffeur. That’s one way to avoid getting a cab when your license is suspended. Of course Amanda says she’s fine:

Amanda Bynes has been terrifying friends and family recently with her very public and bizarre antics. But Star spoke exclusively with the “retired” actress, who claims that she is doing “just fine.”

“There is no craziness,” Bynes, 26, tells Star when asked about her erratic behavior. “There’s no story there. It’s all lies.” But one man disagrees. The seller of a red Porsche met with Amanda after she saw his ad and asked for a test drive, insisting she could drive a stick shift. “That was certainly a lie,” says a source. “After a few blocks, the owner told her to pull over and drover her back to her car.” But the odd situation didn’t end there. “It got weirder. She asked if he would take her to The Home Depot to purchase some cleaning supplies. She clearly had no intention of purchasing the car. He was livid and told her to get out.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she denied everything,” an insider says of the incident. “She seems to be living in a fantasy world.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, October 22, 2012]

Well I hope this all went down before Amanda’s license was taken away for good, but probably not. Amanda is now in NY pursuing some kind of fashion career, and The NY Post has a recent item claiming she was in the bathroom of a cupcake bakery for so long that a firefighter had to knock down the door. (It sounds like it was just a coincidence that he was there, although police were called.) That cupcake bakery story was run by Star Magazine last week, (it was in the print edition although we didn’t cover it) but it’s noteworthy that The Post is confirming it. Star claims the staff shouted at her from the other side of the door “please give us a sign if you are conscious” and she didn’t answer.

Bynes was spotted leaving Gotham Lasik Vision on West 57th Street last week wearing the trademark black glasses following Lasik eye surgery — sparking one onlooker to quip, “Perhaps she’ll claim in court she keeps crashing because she couldn’t see.”

A source close to Bynes said, “Amanda wants to stay in New York for a while. She was ordered to formally turn herself in to be booked for hit-and-run on Oct. 21 to be fingerprinted and have her mug shot taken, but her lawyers have managed to get an extension granted, and she doesn’t need to return to LA until November.”

The source added, “She says she’s here trying to take meetings with designers and fashion houses, but, really, she is a lost soul.”

Recently, the star acted in bizarre fashion at the Little Cupcake Bakeshop on Prince Street. A witness said, “She was wearing sunglasses at night, tiny shorts and high heels, just walking around staring at the cupcakes — for two hours.” Bynes then locked herself in the bathroom for half an hour before a concerned firefighter tried to force the door open. Our spy added, “She said, very calmly, ‘Oh, excuse me. I was doing my makeup,’ and left.”

[From The NY Post]

I’ll say what I always say about Amanda – I hope she’s ok, I hope she gets help. She’s in NY now, though, she’s more likely to blend in there even as a celebrity. I’ll leave it at that.

Amanda is shown out in NY on 9-29-12. Credit: TS,

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  1. lower-case deb says:

    why would she do that? it makes her look even more ridic. and possibly draw more pointy fingers at her.

    “look at the crazy person with funny gestures.”
    “shh, kid. it’s rude to point, child.”
    “but mama!”
    “shhhH! it’s just someone practicing gangnam style.”
    “but mama! can she even see the streets properly? what if she gets hit by a car?”
    “well, many cars have been hit by her before and she’s been fine. come on now. don’t stare!”

    just walk normally, your byness!

  2. brin says:

    I don’t think she’ll blend in anywhere if she keeps hiding behind shopping bags or under blankets.

  3. Mimi says:

    The woman’s face in the last pic says it all.

  4. cmc says:

    Is it just me, or has she lost a LOT of weight as well?

    • Brown says:

      She is really really tiny in these pictures, but I don’t think she was ever a large girl… I do think she has lost weight since her last red carpet appearances, though. She looks very thin here.

    • Abby says:

      I was just thinking that. She kind of looks like Miley Cyrus here. Crazy skinny.

  5. mk yarwood says:

    Her nails are so bizarre

  6. Naye in VA says:

    Can I just give her some snaps real quick? The girl has style. IMHO

    • The Original Tiffany says:

      I’ll take the outfit and the legs. I get to keep my brain and face.

      How does she look decent if she has so many problems? All the others (Brit, Xtina and Lohan) look so bad when they are cracked out/crazy. Bynes manages to look styled still.

      I’m back! Still on vacation, but finally full internet. My gossip fix shall be quenched!

    • heatheradair says:


      I was feeling sort of sheepish, thinking, “man, she obviously has issues, but I’m sort of hung up on how flippin cute that outfit is.”

      To have those legs. She even rocks the stiletto nails pretty well…..

      She may be looney tunes, but she dresses like she’s cogent.

  7. Talie says:

    I don’t know what to make of her…she obviously wants to avoid attention, so I don’t think this is fake.

  8. StormsMama says:

    Perhaps she’s struggling with bulimia? She gets high and stares at food…she caves and eats lots of crap food…she locks herself in bathroom to purge and then reapply makeup. That would also explain her “ditzy” or loopy distractedness…bc when you are fully caught under the bulimia trance it’s hard to think…about anything. Also it could explain why her face was so puffy…
    She looks “better” here but I am now convinced she’s bulimic.
    Oh and btw bulimia can create a chemical imbalance- or if she already had one, it would exacerbate it.

  9. R Snorb says:

    People are just selling stories to the tabloids, i don’t believe half of it is true and the other half is exaggerated and blown out of proportion just to make it interesting enough for the tabloids. She always seems so calm and almost humble when i see her on pap. photo and videos, not what i would expect from a ‘crazy person’.

    • Kimlee says:

      Exactly I think she doing it for attention funny how when their stories about LL we hear nothing about Amanda and when she hear about Amanda no LL, it’s like their trying to one up each other.

  10. mln76 says:

    This story was in Gawker a week or two ago. She’s definitely going through mental issues but I don’t see her as a famewhore…she just keeps issuing blanket statements of denial that indicate no connection with reality. I hope she gets help.

  11. AmyLynne says:

    Well, her hair is a better color instead of that weird purple…maybe a good sign?

    Or is that too optimistic. She used to be such a success story and she seemed so well adjusted and it just makes me sad now.

  12. La Calabaza says:

    I really like her hair colour. Hope she’s doing fine.

  13. Alexis says:

    Does she seem thinner too?

  14. Nanz says:

    Cleaning supplies = meth? I hope not. I really hope she gets help. It’s sad to see someone implode so publicly.

  15. the original bellaluna says:

    I’m sorry, Ms. Bynes, but sitting in public bathrooms for extended periods of time does not bring to mind the picture of perfect mental health.

    Agree she needs help; hope she gets it in time.

  16. j.eyre says:

    She does sound like she is undiagnosed something. Her behavior sounds less like drug/alcohol related and more disorder. However, I am no doctor.

  17. Chloeeee says:


  18. Michelle says:

    I’m thinking it’s either heroin or special K. Both make you zone out and or pass out/black out. She would be conscious on one level – but not responsive. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t know what else it would be if you are locked in a public bathroom for hours and just staring at cupcakes…

  19. janie says:

    I feel so bad for her, and not because she’s “crazy” but because she has been the subject of so much scrutiny lately. If I had paparazzi following me around and taking pictures of me everywhere I went, I’d hide in bathrooms for hours too. I’d worry if I looked pretty, especially if gossip blogs were constantly criticizing my appearance. I’d reapply my makeup whenever I got the chance or looked in a mirror. I’d cover my face to hide from cameras when I was just trying to walk down the street.

    A friend of mine used to work at an American Apparel in LA and had an hour-long conversation with Amanda one time, and said she was super sweet, down to earth, and totally normal. I’m more inclined to believe her than some random “sources” who are probably just looking for a paycheck.

    The Obama tweet…I have no explanation for that. It was totally weird, but maybe she’s just dumb? A lot of my friends tweet stupid things on a daily basis :-P

  20. dcypher1 says:

    She sounds like shes bipolar and manic. She sounds like she needs therapy. But shes probably in denial of her mental problems.

  21. Genevieve says:

    I wanna know why she keeps needing to go to Home Depot for cleaning supplies. She did this in LA too.

    • LuvHotGuyFri says:

      Well, Home Depot does have an awesome selection of cleaning supplies nowadays. Plus that section smells really good too…

  22. Daniel Thomson,Esq says:

    Where is Amanda from?I live in Southern NJ and I am told she has a great aunt here because I see Amanda around sometimes.I’m poor but single.

  23. Daniel Haubrich AAS says:

    I’ll be honest with you,I’m an unemployed degreed IT infrastructure specialist and it’s going to take either a whole lot of money or a majician to help Amanda because all of her publicity stuff is messed up.I mean she’s all over the map but nothing makes sense.Tell her to sign w/William Morris Agency NYC.

  24. enya. says:

    I just don’t believe these stories. I think Ms. Bynes is a bad driver, was noticed in this regard, began being mercilessly harassed by photographers, and in response has been trying to outwait the paps when she goes shopping. Period. And then onlookers are exaggerating what they’ve seen to get their own 15 minutes of fame. Leave the damn woman alone and I’m sure her “actions” will return to normal.