Amanda Bynes is not ready for interview after judge officially terminates NINE year conservatorship


Amanda Bynes is not ready for a big tell-all interview after her nine-year conservatorship was officially terminated. 

The former child star – now 35 – has been approached by several major networks and personalities – including CBS’ Gayle King and YouTuber Logan Paul – about a sit-down but she is not prepared to answer questions according to a Wednesday report from TMZ.

Bynes’ attorney David A. Esquibias told the publication that despite being flooded with offers, especially in the past five days, she is not ready to talk and wants to lay low for a bit.

In addition to King and Paul, newspapers like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal as well as magazines Elle and Vanity Fair have all reached out in hopes of landing an interview.

Amanda Bynes (seen in an Instagram post March 9) is not ready for a big tell-all interview after her nine-year conservatorship was officially terminated according to TMZ on Wednesday

The site also reports that ‘every entertainment and morning show’ – including big Australian news program The Project – has inquired about an on-camera face to face.

It doesn’t end there as her attorney also says that several production companies have reached out to her team pitching a reality show and documentaries.

However the lawyer maintains that Bynes is not open to putting herself out in the media in such a way just yet but has not ruled them out for the future. 

Roll out: The former child star - now 35 - has been approached by several major networks and personalities - including CBS' Gayle King (pictured) - about a sit-down but she is not prepared to answer questions

Roll out: The former child star – now 35 – has been approached by several major networks and personalities – including CBS’ Gayle King (pictured) – about a sit-down but she is not prepared to answer questions

Interesting: Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul is also said to have inquired about an interview

Interesting: Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul is also said to have inquired about an interview

The Amanda Show: It doesn't end there as her attorney also says that several production companies have reached out to her team pitching a reality show and documentaries, Bynes is seen in September 2009

The Amanda Show: It doesn’t end there as her attorney also says that several production companies have reached out to her team pitching a reality show and documentaries, Bynes is seen in September 2009

Bynes was initially put under the legal arrangement after suffering a public meltdown in 2013, and had been previously diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

However, Judge Roger L. Lund announced on Tuesday that the conservatorship was no longer required. He said: ‘She’s done everything the court has asked over a long period of time.’

After the hearing, the actress posted a headline about the ruling on her Instagram with a caption that read: ‘I’m a bird that now I can fly!’ 

Free: Bynes, pictured here on March 13, has now been officially released from her  conservatorship following a court hearing on Tuesday

Free: Bynes, pictured here on March 13, has now been officially released from her  conservatorship following a court hearing on Tuesday

Celebrating: The actress declared 'now I can fly' after the court hearing on Tuesday

Celebrating: The actress declared ‘now I can fly’ after the court hearing on Tuesday

She later told E! News: ‘Words can’t even describe how I feel. Wonderful news.’

Bynes’ attorney David A. Esquibias said in a statement to TMZ: ‘Amanda appreciates the love and support of her fans during this time. She thanks her family for never giving up. Now that the conservatorship has ended, she looks forward to completing her bachelor’s degree and living her life.’

The ruling means Bynes, who once had a reported net worth of $3 million, can now make her own personal and financial decisions.

The official ruling was made at a court hearing at the Ventura County Government Center Hall of Justice in Ventura, California.

Decision: Amanda Bynes' lawyer David Esquibias leaves court after her conservatorship hearing on Tuesday

Decision: Amanda Bynes’ lawyer David Esquibias leaves court after her conservatorship hearing on Tuesday 

Support: A group of people who gathered outside the courtroom for the hearing included Bynes' All That co-stars Christy Knowings, 42, and Leon Frierson, 35

Support: A group of people who gathered outside the courtroom for the hearing included Bynes’ All That co-stars Christy Knowings, 42, and Leon Frierson, 35

Freedom: Knowings and Frierson joined fans of Bynes to celebrate the end of conservatorship in Ventura County Court on Tuesday

Freedom: Knowings and Frierson joined fans of Bynes to celebrate the end of conservatorship in Ventura County Court on Tuesday 

Devoted: A fan was seen outside of the courthouse holding a sign in support of the actress

Devoted: A fan was seen outside of the courthouse holding a sign in support of the actress 

There were no further details but the decision had already been explained in the tentative ruling that was given Monday.  

‘Petitioner has provided facts that the conservatorship is no longer needed. The Capacity Declaration filed 02/22/22 concludes that conservatee has capacity give informed consent to any form of medical treatment,’ the tentative ruling made by Judge Roger L. Lund read Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

‘The court determines that the conservatorship is no longer required and that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship of the person no longer exist.’

Bynes, who has long suffered from various mental health issues, formally requested the termination of the conservatorship last month by filing paperwork at the Ventura County Superior Court.

Her attorney David A. Esquibias recently told TMZ her parents agree with her that she has made ‘significant progress’ in managing her bipolar disorder.

When the arrangement first began in 2013 after Amanda’s breakdown, it was her mother Lynn who was appointed her conservator.

The conservatorship was put in place amid mental health struggles. She is pictured here in 2013 leaving court after being arrested for throwing a bong out of her window

The conservatorship was put in place amid mental health struggles. She is pictured here in 2013 leaving court after being arrested for throwing a bong out of her window 

In that timeframe, Bynes’ parents expressed concern that the actress could have presented a danger to herself or others, and that it was essential for them to oversee her medical and financial affairs, according to the AP

Her parents at the time noted that Bynes believes she was being surveilled through smoke detection devices or the dashboard in her vehicle, and that the actress was planning to undergo cosmetic surgery that was not needed and presented potential health dangers.

Since then, Amanda has remained on good terms with her parents – which her lawyer pointed out is a stark contrast from Britney Spears’ relationship with her own father and former conservator Jamie Spears, as well as with the rest of her family.

‘Bynes also filed a capacity declaration Tuesday, as California requires all conservatorship cases to have updated records about a conservatee’s mental state from their physician, psychologist or religious healing practitioner,’ Page Six reported last month.

Esquibias told People Magazine: ‘Amanda wishes to terminate her conservatorship. She believes her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary.’

Tamar Arminak, an attorney for Bynes’ mother Lynn, told E! News Tuesday that Lynn was ‘very happy and proud of Amanda for everything that she’s done and come through, and how she’s stronger and better on other side of this conservatorship.

‘Lynn is looking forward to Amanda’s engagement and everything that follows and to having a mother-daughter relationship rather than a conservator-conservatee relationship.’

A group of people who gathered outside the courtroom for the hearing included Bynes’ All That co-stars Leon Frierson, 35, and Christy Knowings, 42.

Frierson and Knowings, who worked with Bynes on the show from 1997-2000, issued a joint statement on Instagram ahead of Tuesday’s legal ruling in support of Bynes.

It read: ‘It’s my job to show up for others the way I would want them to show up for me, so I’m honored to represent the cast in support of Amanda!’

An insider told E! News that Bynes is in the process of leasing a new home with her fiancé Paul Michael, and is looking into setting up her own perfume brand.

The fragrance endeavor will ‘be the first project she dives into on her own now that she’s free of the conservatorship,’ the source told the outlet.

The What a Girl Wants star has dealt with significant mental health issues in recent years, and she was previously diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

In 2012, Bynes was arrested in Los Angeles for DUI and the following year she was again arrested and faced charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana.

A year after her conservatorship began — with her parents assuming control of her affairs — Amanda raised concerns when she tweeted that her father had been ‘verbally and physically’ abusive to her during her childhood years.

She also accused him of being ‘incestuous’ toward her.

Her parents denied the allegations, and Amanda quickly changed her tune with an equally concerning tweet.

‘My dad never did any of those things,’ she tweeted. ‘The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me.’

In 2019, Bynes checked into a mental health facility following a relapse.

The former child star had planned a Hollywood comeback in 2018, and that decision contributed to her relapse, it was reported at the time.

During a Paper Magazine interview, the actress admitted that she had slipped into a depression after filming She’s The Man.

Movie star: The former young 'it girl' hasn't appeared in anything since she starred opposite Emma Stone in 2010's Easy A; pictured 2009

Movie star: The former young ‘it girl’ hasn’t appeared in anything since she starred opposite Emma Stone in 2010’s Easy A; pictured 2009

‘I went into a deep depression for 4-6 months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy,’ she confessed, adding: ‘I’ve never told anything that’.

Amanda’s character in the teen rom-com saw her play a teen girl dressing in drag to pose as her brother – to allow her to join her college soccer team.

She went on in the interview, which was her first major one since a 2014 breakdown, to detail her drug use.

‘I definitely abused Adderall,’ she said, recalling how she read a magazine article called ‘the new skinny pill’ around the time she was filming Hairspray in 2007. The star said she would chew her Adderall tablets in her trailer because she thought she got higher that way.

‘I don’t know if it was a drug-induced psychosis or what, but it affected my brain in a different way than it affects other people. It absolutely changed my perception of things.’

The former young ‘it girl’ hasn’t appeared in anything since she starred opposite Emma Stone in 2010’s Easy A.

The Nickelodeon star’s new bid for freedom comes after Britney Spears fought to end her own 13-year conservatorship which was terminated in November.



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