Amanda Bynes will remain in conservatorship for an additional year and a half – for the time being. A judge rendered the decision following a recent status hearing. The decision’s details are not available.
The conservatorship must file its next update by January 25, 2023, according to court documents obtained by Yahoo Entertainment. The next hearing on the status of the case is scheduled for March 8, 2023. Lynn Bynes, Amanda’s mother, serves as conservator.
Amanda’s attorney tells Yahoo Entertainment that referring to the conservatorship as extended is “misleading.”
“Because Amanda’s person is conserved for medical reasons only, a health status report is required to be filed every two years with the court. The recently filed status report was approved by the court,” David A. Esquibias provides clarification to Yahoo. “Should the conservatorship continue, the next status report is due in two years. This does not mean the conservatorship was extended for two years. The conservatorship can be terminated at any time for good cause.”
The actress, 35, was placed in a temporary conservatorship in 2013 following a series of run-ins with the authorities. Amanda has previously spoken candidly about her struggles with mental health and substance misuse. She kept a low profile and enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). She relapsed in 2019. She met her fiancé Paul Michael at a sober living facility.
In March 2020, Amanda celebrated 14 months of sobriety but had a challenging year. Amanda’s attorney admitted she entered a rehab facility but disputed it was for substance misuse.
“Any reports that Amanda is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction issues are completely false. She is seeking treatment for ongoing mental health issues,” according to her attorney, who told Yahoo. “We ask for privacy during this time and for any speculation about her personal life from the public and the media to cease so Amanda can focus on getting better.”
Amanda returned to Instagram two months later to inform her admirers that she was ‘back on track and doing well!’ The child star ‘worked on coping skills to help with [her] social anxiety that caused [her] to drop out of school months ago.’ Amanda stated that she re-entered FIDM.
“I’m now living in transitional living and doing therapy during the week,” she explained.
Amanda remained primarily out of the spotlight, with the exception of a few social media posts. In December 2020, she was photographed holding hands with Michael.