Amanda Bynes is out of rehab, living with her parents and enrolled in fashion school

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Does it ever seem to anyone else that almost no time passes before a celebrity is out of treatment, even if they’ve been inside for months? That’s the case for me with Amanda Bynes, who was placed on 5150 psychiatric hold after setting fire to a random person’s driveway in July. The fire-setting incident put Amanda’s involuntary treatment in motion following months of bizarre behavior, half-dressed selfies and taunting tweets. Her mother was granted conservatorship over Amanda in August.

Amanda emerged yesterday looking sober and lucid, and was seen out with her parents walking their dogs. She gave a simple statement to In Touch earlier this week, saying “I am doing very well. I’m doing great, it’s been five days since I got out of rehab.” So it sounds like she waited a little while before going outside and allowing the paps to see her. Here’s a statement from Amanda’s mother’s lawyer about her release:

Amanda Bynes has completed inpatient treatment and is recovering at her parents’ Los Angeles home, her mother’s attorney tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who’s contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda’s recovery,” says a statement from lawyer Tamar Arminak. “Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she’s feeling better every day.”

Bynes, 27, had been forcibly hospitalized following a driveway-burning incident in July, but was eventually moved to a Malibu rehabilitation facility.

“She’s now looking at various colleges with the intention of majoring in fashion design,” the statement continues. “She’s mentioned before she’s interested in creating a clothing line.”

“Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing. She’s very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared.”

As Bynes continues her recovery, her mother Lynn will remain in indefinite control over Bynes’s well-being and finances, Arminak confirmed.

[From People]

TMZ reports that Amanda has already enrolled in fashion school, and will be taking two classes at the the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Orange County near her home. She’s starting slow and will have a chaperon to and from class. That sounds like a good plan for her, and she’s expressed an interest in being a fashion designer. A lot of celebrities have fashion lines, and I think she could be successful if she’s serious about it and stays sober and in treatment.

TMZ also has video of the paparazzi following and questioning Amanda and her parents while they walk their dogs. They ask her a lot of annoying questions but the only thing she responds to are compliments on how great she looks, saying “thank you.” Amanda is lucky to have caring parents to go home to. Think of how differently things could have turned out for Lindsay Lohan if she had the same.

I hope that Amanda stays with a program, that she stays sober, and that she stays off social media. I realize that there’s more going on with her than just drug abuse, but if she stays clean she stands a much better chance.

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  1. tifzlan says:

    She looks very healthy and i, too, hope she stays on her current path of recovery. I hate how the paparazzi are hounding her. Truly vile for them to do so just days after she is released.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      Amanda looks beautiful and natural.

      The fam was doing the slow ‘Pap Stroll’. tifzlan, I think the paps were called to give them their photo op in return for further privacy.

      • tifzlan says:

        That’s sad that celebrities have to do that. I still think they could’ve done without bombarding her with questions but i suppose i understand the whole Pap Stroll thing and why it’s necessary at times.

      • springingforward says:

        I have always enjoyed Amanda’s movies; she has a natural gift for comedic timing and comedy in general.
        I wish the best for her in her future whatever she plans to do!

    • Rachel says:

      I agree. Paps hounding her are the last thing she needs right now. She needs a BIG dog that would make the paps think twice about harassing her. She can borrow mine. He looks intimdating, but he’s big teddy bear. Best therapy there is.

  2. CaribbeanLaura says:

    Wow, good for her. I hope that she continues to be happy and healthy and I wish her good luck in all her classes!

    • homegrrrrl says:

      Her age group is more vulnerable to mental break downs; combine that with a certain amount of money and the psychedelics, well, this all compound an impeding identity crisis. That whole thing she went through is very common, but with twitter/fame/paparazzi…this young woman went through it very publicly. Thankfully she has her family to fall back on for support.

  3. Steph says:

    Good for her. Hopefully she lives at home for a long while so her parents can watch over her and she can have some stability.

    • Florc says:

      Lives at home and no bad elements can get to her. This is her best chance. Now the paps need to stay away too.

  4. mojoman says:

    Hope she gets well and continue to pursue the college education. On a side note: I never knew her parents are older. When I first saw the picture I thought,” that must be her grandparents”..

  5. Whitney says:

    Good for her. I sincerely hope she continues to do well.

  6. Lark says:

    It makes me sick when I see the paparazzi staking out the home of a celebrity’s parents…especially when it is one who is mentally ill like Amanda and who just got out of a facility. There’s a line, and those kind of things cross it in my opinion. CDAN crossed the line to with her imo, there’s gossip and then there’s just nastiness…That plus the NYDN or Post debunking him is what finally got me to quit enty. I know I’m guilty of contributing to it by being on here or reading Just Jared or Pop Sugar so it’s a bit hypocritical….But at least CB, the sites I mentioned, People, etc. tend to have standards….unlike TMZ shouting out questions….

    Anyway, good for Amanda. It sounds like she is in a good place right now, and I hope she succeeds. My guess is the severe mental illness contributed to the drug abuse, so being on a treatment plan and being clean should help a lot.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Agreed. It’s too soon, if she ever needs that attention again at all. I’m sure she knew it was coming, but it doesn’t mean she’s equipped to deal with the onslaught.

    • Louminary says:

      I really imagine that there is a special hell for paps. There has to be.

  7. SuSu says:

    I wish her all the best. Really hope she recovers and finds a new way in life.

    • Pri says:

      You know what? me too. I want her to do well. Leave the past behind and move on to better things. She looks great now, so congrats to her on completing her program this far.

  8. blue marie says:

    Good luck to her, I hope everything works in her favor.

  9. Serena says:

    hope she is seeing a profesional since she has some serious mental issues. i`m worried about that than the drug problem (not saying it`s bs by the way).

  10. Lindy79 says:

    Why can’t they just leave her alone??

    • Eleonor says:

      This

    • KromBoom says:

      Because people like clicking on her picture. You did.

      And I did because she intrigues me. I have a sister with bipolar and her manic episodes have been intense. I’m glad Amanda has good parents and is doing well.

      • fingerbinger says:

        There is a difference between taking pictures and asking obnoxious and inappropriate questions. These people know she was ill and they should at least keep a respectful distance.

    • CaribbeanLaura says:

      I concur. It is kinda despicable how they’re hounding her. These people clearly have little to no moral compass.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      +1. Let her recover in peace. There has to be a line of decency drawn somewhere…

  11. Erinn says:

    I just love the Gangsta sweatshirt while walking with her older parents. It’s kind of adorable.

    I’m so glad to see photos of her doing well, poor girl still has a long road of recovery ahead of her, but if she keeps fighting, and keeps allowing her parents to support her, she’ll be ok.

  12. m says:

    She looks so good and healthy! I hope she comes out on top, mental illness isnt a joke so Im glad to see that she got the help she needed and seems to be responding well to it!

  13. LAK says:

    By clicking on this, i acknowledge fully that i am part of the problem, but i wanted to leave a message of support for her and hope makes a full recovery and finds peace with whatever she decides to do with her life.

  14. Nicolette says:

    She looks good, definitely much healthier. Nice to see that she finally received the help she needed and has a family around her for support. It seemed at one time like she was alone facing her demons. Hope her path to good health and sobriety continues!

  15. marina says:

    People should really leave her alone and let her go on with her life if she is trying to move on from show business.

  16. eliza says:

    I have always liked Amanda and thought she was adorable in her movie genre. I hope she is doing well and has a full and happy life.

    Good to see her with her parents looking healthy and relaxed.

    That is great she is enrolled in school. I hope she finds enjoyment and great success in her fashion studies.

  17. L says:

    I’m glad she’s been working hard on recovery, I wish her all the best for a long and healthy life.

    Not only did she have a stable environment to come home to, but her parents were clearly being supportive and yet no enabling since her admittance to rehab in July. No interviews, no drama. Can you imagine Dina Lohan insisting her daughter stay in rehab for 5 months? And not sneaking her in drugs and booze?

    • QQ says:

      Or can you Imagine Britney’s parents taking over and Taking Her home and ENROLLING HER IN SCHOOL??

      • themummy says:

        They did not “take over, take her home, and enroll her in school.” She’s not a child, even if she is under a conservatorship. They did get her treatment and whatnot, but they did not enroll her in school like she’s off to her first day of kindergarten. She made that decision on her own. She enrolled herself in school. Jeez. Being under a conservatorship does not make you a 5-yr-old. She has been saying for a few years that she wanted to go to fashion school and now she is stable enough to give it a go. Not everything is Mommy’s decision.

        (I say this with some aggravation because it hits close to home. I have bipolar and aspergers and my son is 18 with severe bipolar. I do have conservatorship over him at this time and that does NOT make him my infant son once again…HE decided to try college and HE enrolled. I was there to guide and support him through the process. After his inpatient stints, yes, I brought him home with me and do care for him in more of a protective role than most 18-yr-olds have, but I would never treat him like a baby. You CANNOT force an adult, even one whom you have a conservatorship for, into college. I don’t mean to be bitchy, but the insinuation that those under conservatorships are little more than blubbering babies who need help wiping and cutting up their meat is ridiculous. They do still have some say, which obviously varies according to one’s capability, but in general they are partners in their care.)

  18. Meggin says:

    In this set of pictures, she doesn’t look too happy about being with her parents lol. But it could be the annoying photographers in her face. I’m glad she’s with her parents at their house and getting the help she needs. It’s good she has good parental figures (not like the Lohan Family.) She clearly isn’t fit to be on her own. She looks healthier and like she has her normal hair back too.

  19. Gine says:

    Good for her. I hope she continues to get healthy, and I’m really glad that her family actually seems to have her best interest at heart, unlike the families of so many other child stars.

  20. Savanna says:

    HER MOM IS SO CUTE.

  21. Elise says:

    It’s terrific that she’s considering attending FIDM. Isn’t that where Lauren Conrad went? Might be a great experience for her to have structure and to find fulfillment studying something she loves. Good luck Amanda.

  22. kct says:

    It is good to see that her parents finally stepped in. Even thought she’s an adult, she clearly had lost her way. Think of all the young celebrities who have died that could have been saved if this had only been the case with them. Wishing her well.

    • Jayna says:

      They didn’t finally just step in. Her parents tried to step in for a long time to the point she became estranged from them and would have little to no contact. They even moved from Texas to try to reestablish a relationship with her in California in hopes of getting her help and she upped and moved to New York to get away from them. She was an adult and unfortunately she had a lot of money to live on. They had no legal right over her. It must have been heartbreaking to have to watch her decline through the media and have no legal rights. It was always going to take her doing something enough crazy to get her commited and then get a diagnosis that allowed them to be able to have some leverage with her legally. The problem with these kinds of illnesses is that oftentimes they will do fine for a while and then hate how they feel on the medicine and get off of it and no one can stop them.

  23. Lucy says:

    Good for her, and that’s a really great plan she has. Wish nothing but the best!

  24. Anna says:

    It’s kind of disconcerting that her mom is smiling widely in almost every pic I’ve seen.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      I thought that too but I’m going to blame that on her being happy her daughter is getting healthy. At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

    • Dani says:

      Maybe she’s just happy to be with her daughter again. Her daughter that could have died if it wasn’t for them trying to help her.

    • themummy says:

      Seriously? So she should frown so random people on the internet don’t think she has a reason to be happy? She can’t just be enjoying a walk with her family? Enjoying her daughter’s continuing recovery? Enjoying the sunny day, the dogs, conversation with her family? Or even just smile to be polite to the (rude) paps just to get through the situation? I don’t see why she shouldn’t be happy. Sure, the situation has been (and probably still is) tough, but so what? That doesn’t mean she needs to wear a frown everywhere she goes. Even when sh-tty things happen we can still enjoy life. Man, oh man. Not to mention, all of these photos could have been taken in a minute’s time…and let’s say they were…you think her smiling for one minute is disconcerting somehow??

      My 18-yr-old son is bipolar as well as a massive drug addict. He has been in and out of rehab for both issues three times this year alone. Yesterday we went for a hike in the woods. It was fun. We laughed and smiled the whole time. Yes, he’s driven me into therapy with his antics. Yes, he’s aged me so much this year with all of the worrying, driving around the city in the middle of the night looking for him, the overdoses, the many hours driving to visit him in rehabs, but you know what? We can still smile. We were enjoying each other’s company during our hike. I’m grateful he’s alive. When he’s sober and healthy he is fun, funny, and smart. Sure, the shitty stuff is there, but so is the love and the fact that we can still enjoy life. The pain, stress, and worry is still there, but can we not also try to enjoy time together, enjoy nature, rebuild our relationship and trust, etc.? Smiling does not indicate a flippant attitude or belie the seriousness of the situation. On our hike, when we go walk together, when we cook together in the kitchen…it’s a time for love and family…for smiles…not misery. There’s enough misery. I welcome every smile, every happy moment, every second of not-hell. And f— any judgmental a-hole who thinks they know better. I just don’t understand comments like these.

      Just because a bad situation is happening doesn’t mean every single moment around that situation is bad,too. We should celebrate the good moments, and smile when we can. They are returning to normalcy. It would be strange and detrimental if they frowned and cried the whole time.

      • anna says:

        Yes, seriously. It’s strange and disconcerting in every.single.pic. Especially since n one else is. I’m not saying she should be happy, I’m sure she is and she has a right to be. But it’s kind of tacky, to me.

      • msw says:

        Lots of people smile for a camera on instinct. Mom’s not a celebrity and isn’t used to ignoring the paps.

        Besides, why isn’t she allowed to smile? People are allowed to smile. Even in every picture. I don’t understand comments like these either.

      • anna says:

        It’s tacky, to me and that’s my opinion. She’s camera-whoring.

    • TheOriginalWaffle says:

      I’m sure she’s also fronting happy so that we believe Amanda is doing well. God knows my family has fronted likewise for certain people….

    • emmie_a says:

      I agree w/you Anna, especially knowing that her mom is a stage mom, who got Amanda involved in acting at a very young age. I always wonder if it’s the kid who wants to be famous or if it’s the parent. And to those disagreeing w/Anna’s comment, she never said the mom was not allowed to smile.

  25. Babalon says:

    Great job, Amanda!

  26. Dani says:

    Really rooting for her. I wasn’t aware of how old her parents are though? She’s only a few years older than I am and my parents are 15+ years younger than hers.

  27. pirategirl says:

    That’s great she’s doing well, she should stay out of the show business for a long time in my opinion. What I’m wondering is….what ever happened to that poor little dog she had? Hope it’s okay :(

  28. Stephanie says:

    I wish Amanda the best and I am so glad that she got the help she needed.

    Her parents look happy to have her with them. I’m so glad they are doing the right thing by her.

  29. Miss_anne says:

    Why is she carrying a purse to walk a dog?

  30. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Awww, this is such a sweet story. I’m really glad she’s doing well…it’s good that she’s left Hollywood behind for now, and is going into something that she really loves. Now I can watch ‘Big Fat Liar’ without feeling sad for her, whenever I see her on the screen.

  31. themummy says:

    “I realize that there’s more going on with her than just drug abuse, but if she stays clean she stands a much better chance.”

    Drug abuse is 100% not even an issue. Any drug abuse/use was a symptom of her mental illness, so is part of the larger problem, rather than being the problem itself. I hope that makes sense.

    Source: Me, who is bipolar 1 NOS, Aspergers, Social anxiety Disorder, ADHD (helluva combo, and so, so, so uncomfortably, painfully miserable at times), and who has been stable for four years and is successful professionally and personally.

    • Nickade says:

      Alright, we get it, TheMummy. You’re looking for validation for all you’ve gone through and you feel as though you’re the world’s leading expert on drug abuse and mental health. Good for you for dealing with such a heavy load and being able to stay strong. However, perhaps instead of jumping on people’s comments and attacking them, you could play less the martyr and more the teacher. Kindly teach and explain to others without shoving yourself down people’s throats.

      • Faith says:

        Except that is what shes doing she is teaching that drug abuse is often a symptom of a mental health condition often to self medicate having been there done that myself I often correct peoples views on mental health because people just don’t get it or think you lick windows and eat your own shit. And well done themummy I’ve been stable for over 2 years myself every day is a little goal.

    • lol says:

      drugs HAVE been known to cause psychosis, however. so unless you’re the doctor who sat with her for hours and did her evaluations, you can’t “100%” say or rule out what did or didn’t cause her mental issues.

      • TinyTurtle says:

        Drug use is often a side effect of mental illness and a lot of times once the person is on the proper medication they quit using illegal drugs.
        I’m bipolar and a few other things and thank God I never was into drugs, but one of my sisters was, luckily she quit once she was on the correct medication for her bipolarness.

        I hope Amanda continues to get better, to me she looked more schizophrenic which sucks because it is so much harder to treat. I think as long as her family keeps tabs and makes sure she sees her therapist and takes her meds she will probably be ok.

  32. Fue McCormick says:

    I wish Amanda well; she was pretty cute in some of those movies she did. Remember the one with Colin Firth?
    Anyway … I live down the way from her parents and I think it’s funny that they mention her going to a design school near her home. I don’t recall Orange County being anywhere near Ventura County, but what do I know … I just grew up here …

  33. mimi says:

    I hope she continues her road to recovery. I always enjoyed her films and even her tv show What I Like About You.

  34. TG says:

    Hope she stays healthy. I adore her movies. My favorite is “What A Girl a Wants”.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I LOVE that movie–Colin Firth! I swear, if I ever get married, it’s going to be either to this really proper, Englishman, suit wearing guy, a TALL irishman (hopefully Liam Neeson himself), or a dude who looks like Andy Garcia–goofy smile included.

  35. ChicagoGirl says:

    So where are all the folks who claimed she was doing it all for attention, isn’t really ill, and wanted to see what crazy thing she’d do next?

    • Lark says:

      This. I usually enjoy Gawker and Caity Weaver, but they were so nasty to Amanda Bynes for a period (and then they turned it around and acted sympathetic when it became beyond obvious she had mental health issues and was committed…but never once said “my bad”). People were brutal and awful to this young woman who clearly wasn’t stable. It really did show the ugly side of the internet, imo.

  36. Jayna says:

    If she’s schizophrenic, like has been reported, she will never be well enough to live on her own and function like she did. I hope it is just bipolar and not combined with schizophrenia, which her prognosis is so much better then with the right meds. She has a long road ahead of her either way. I’ve always loved her in her tween/teen roles and wish her all the best and her parents. The paps need to leave her and her family alone. I worry about her. I read her medical providers advised against her enrolling in school so soon as the coursework and pressure of deadlines could set her up for failure, and she needs more treatment outpatient and time. She’s going against their advice. I hope it doesn’t cause her to spiral.

    The source, if true (I don’t know) said:

    The source said that “Amanda’s treatment team felt that she could have benefited from further inpatient care — if not at The Canyons, at another facility. Yes, she is still seeing her doctors on an outpatient basis, but this is all happening way too fast and too soon. Amanda should be eased back into her life in a controlled manner, because she is dealing with a very serious health diagnosis. Why does she need to enroll now in school? It would be ideal if she waited six months to a year.”

  37. the original bellaluna says:

    I just hope she has the strong support network she seems to have.

  38. Blackbetty says:

    She is very lucky she has parents willing to help her and care.

  39. boltuprite says:

    The “Gangsta Love” hoodie isn’t encouraging, but I wish her well.

  40. Jenn says:

    Her parents are old. That worries me. If they pass, who will care for her?
    Poor girl, I hope she continues to do well.

  41. lol says:

    these pics of her walking her dog with her parents is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. thank GOD she has people to help her & steer her toward a healthy, productive path.