Former child star Amanda Bynes is freed from conservatorship
Amanda Bynes became famous for starring in her own Nickelodeon sketch comedy All That and The Amanda Show, the WB sitcom What I Like About You and films such as the 2010 comedy Easy A. But in 2013, when she was 28 years old, she was placed under a conservatorship after a few erratic incidents, such as allegedly setting fire to a driveway. Her attorney, David Esquibias says her parents were concerned about her well-being "and it seemed like the right thing to do at the time."
The following year, Bynes tweeted that she was diagnosed as bipolar and manic depressive and was on medication and seeing a psychologist and psychiatrist every week. Now she's 36, and a judge in Southern California has ruled she no longer needs to be cared for by her mother.
Esquibias says Bynes has been working on herself for years, and reporting to the court regularly and now "all of her hard work has come to fruition." He says her mother agreed to the termination, and he filed the paperwork to end the conservatorship in February.
The news follows another high-profile termination case by pop star Britney Spears, which highlighted issues of conservatorships, which are generally geared for people with dementia or a cognitive disability. "But Amanda's conservatorship is nothing like Britney's conservatorship," Esquibias told NPR. "Amanda's conservatorship was a collaborative effort with her parents. There was no fighting between her and her mother or father. Everyone was working together, including Amanda."
He says Bynes never fought against having all of her decisions made by her mother. "She recognized that it was operating in her best interests and she allowed it. And it worked."
Esquibias says Bynes is excited to continue her studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. "She has been studying merchandising and she has expressed an interest in creating a fragrance line," he says. Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.