Amanda Bynes Graduates From College Following Rehab Stint
After years of struggling with her mental health under the glare of the spotlight, Amanda Bynes has revealed that she's officially graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, where she had been studying since 2014.
Posting to her Twitter account for the first time since November 2018, the 'She's The Man' star uploaded a snap in which she appears alongside a fellow graduate, with both wearing traditional graduation gowns and mortarboards with the caption, "FIDM graduate 2019 #fidmgraduation".
Bynes, who found fame on Nickelodeon's 'The Amanda Show', opened up to Paper Mag in November for her first interview in several years, where she spoke about her hopes to graduate with an Associate's of Arts degree in Merchandise Product Development before embarking on a Bachelor's degree.
"Instructors love her. Love her," Kathi Gilbert, the assistant dean of admissions and one of Bynes' advisors, told Paper. "She's smart, she participates in class -- she's an amazing student."
Bynes also got candid on her highly publicised mental struggles, admitting that her erratic behaviour was made worse by substance abuse.
"Those days of experimenting [with substances] are long over," she said. "I’m not sad about it and I don’t miss it because I really feel ashamed of how those substances made me act. When I was off of them, I was completely back to normal and immediately realised what I had done -- it was like an alien had literally invaded my body. That is such a strange feeling."
The news of the former child star's graduation comes after she was set to be sued by a mental health facility for $2,467 after she failed to pay for the two-day inpatient treatment she received in February, which was reportedly due to the pressure brought on by her November interview. The centre, however, will reportedly be dropping the suit.
“She’s doing remarkably well under the circumstances," her lawyer said at the time. "This time around she realised herself after the recent Paper magazine interview and spread that she really wasn’t feeling like herself all of [the] sudden and that she wanted to address that."
"She wanted to address it right away before going back into show business and exploring show business again. It was her decision and her choice to address the situation, seek treatment, which I think is an incredibly mature way of handling this type of thing," he continued.
"Right now, her day-to-day is really just focusing on her well-being. She’s exercising, yoga. She’s really focusing in on herself, which is very, very important. I know that she will be sure this time around to focus on herself and get better before she leaves the treatment centre or wherever she’s seeking help currently.”
Following her graduation, Amanda is now reportedly preparing to release her own clothing line.