Amanda Bynes wants to set the record straight about her medical and mental state, following her 5150 psychiatric hold last year and a slew of legal issues.
Tamar Arminak, a lawyer for the 28-year-old former Nickelodeon and "Hairspray" star, told People magazine in comments published on Wednesday, April 9, that Bynes was never diagnosed with schizophrenia, contrary to numerous media reports. She also said the actress is not currently taking any medication but is continuing to undergo treatment several times a week.
The actress, who collected 3 million Twitter followers over the past two years due to frequent and often odd tweets, recently returned to posting on the social network after taking an absence while undergoing treatment. She has not talked about her personal issues nor revealed what conditions she was treated for. On April 5, two days after her 28th birthday, she posted photos of herself in a bikini (see above) and thanked her fans.
Bynes was hospitalized on a 5150 psychiatric hold last July after setting a fire in the driveway of her parents' neighbors' home in Thousand Oaks, California. Bynes spent about four months in medical facilities, undergoing psychiatric treatment. Her mother was made her legal guardian after her hospitalization.
"She asked me to dispel certain rumors. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it," her lawyer told People.
Amanda Bynes is "marijuana-free," lawyer says
Bynes is currently back in her Southern California hometown, living with her parents, and attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She recently attended the school's design debut with her parents (see her with her mother, above).
Bynes' 5150 hospitalization followed several driving-related arrests, including a DUI charge, in Los Angeles, near where her family lives. She settled one case and received probation for the two latest ones. Also in 2013, she was arrested following an alleged bond-throwing incident in New York City, where she lived for several months. Pot is legal for medicinal purposes in California but not in New York.
Bynes is "devoted to living her life as healthy as possible," her lawyer told People. "She's never had a history of abusing alcohol or hard drugs, and she's proud to say she's been marijuana-free for the past nine months."