Amanda Bynes Opens Up About Drug Use, Her Very Public Breakdown and How She Got Sober

Amanda Bynes Opens Up About Drug Use, Her Very Public Breakdown and How She Got Sober

Actor Amanda Bynes has resurfaced to set the record straight on her past attention-grabbing years in the spotlight.

The 32-year-old discussed everything from her past substance abuse issues to her social media activity in an interview with Paper Magazine published Monday.

Bynes had a series of arrests along with very public meltdowns from 2010 to 2014.

She’s now four years sober and thriving in school at Los Angeles’ Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, with plans to continue her education and eventually break back into show business.

Bynes shared a number of surprising and honest reflections about her troubled years with the magazine. Here are six big takeaways from the interview.

She confirmed long-rumored issues with substance abuse
The star said she started using marijuana when she was 16.

“Even though everyone thought I was the ‘good girl,’ I did smoke marijuana from that point on,” she told Paper. “I didn’t get addicted [then] and I wasn’t abusing it. And I wasn’t going out and partying or making a fool of myself … yet.”


“I was high on marijuana when I saw that, but for some reason, it really started to affect me. 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,” Bynes told Paper.

She also revealed that while filming “Hall Pass” in 2010, which she eventually stepped away from, her drug-use again impacted the way in which she saw herself on screen.

Bynes told Paper she remembers “seeing my image on the screen and literally tripping out and thinking my arm looked so fat because it was in the foreground or whatever and I remember rushing offset and thinking, ‘Oh my god, I look so bad.'”
She is on the mend and wants others to learn from her mistakes
With four years of sobriety, the “She’s The Man” actor has had time to reflect on her past actions.

“Those days of experimenting [with substances] are long over. I’m not sad about it and I don’t miss it because I really feel ashamed of how those substances made me act,” she told Paper. “When I was off of them, I was completely back to normal and immediately realized what I had done — it was like an alien had literally invaded my body. That is such a strange feeling.”


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She also has advice for those struggling with substance abuse.

“Be really careful, because drugs can really take a hold of your life. Everybody is different, obviously, but for me, the mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain,” she told the magazine.

“It really made me a completely different person. I actually am a nice person. I would never feel, say or do any of the things that I did and said to the people I hurt on Twitter,” Bynes added.

She also talked about the potentially harmful effects of casual drug use.

“There are gateway drugs and thankfully I never did heroin or meth or anything like that, but certain things that you think are harmless, they may actually affect you in a more harmful way,” she told the magazine. “Be really, really careful, because you could lose it all and ruin your entire life like I did.”

She is apologetic about her past social media behavior
Bynes made headlines in 2013 for a series of bizarre tweets that mentioned numerous other celebrities. In the interview, she set the record straight and owned up to her behavior.

“I’m really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said. I can’t turn back time but if I could, I would. And I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad,” Bynes told Paper.

“Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter. It’s definitely not Twitter’s fault — it’s my own fault,” she added.
Bynes is set to receive her Associate of Arts degree in merchandise product development from FIDM in November. She said she will then start working towards her Bachelor’s degree in January.

The actor-turned-student has even earned a respected reputation among her teachers and administrators, Paper reported.

“Instructors love her. Love her,” Kathi Gilbert, FIDM’s assistant dean of admissions and one of Bynes’ advisors, told Paper.
After a few turbulent years filled with driving violations, controversial tweets and being hospitalized under a psychiatric hold, Amanda Bynes is speaking out for the first time — and announcing her desire to return to acting.

Bynes sat down with talk show host and founder of Hollyscoop, Diana Madison, for her first interview in four years to discuss her return to television, as well as her newfound passion.

The actress told Madison, “I do miss acting and I have something surprising to tell you: I’m going to start acting again.”

Bynes started her television career on Nickelodeon’s “All That,” then moved on to her breakout role on “The Amanda Show” and later starred in “What I Like About You,” before stepping into movie roles.

“I want to do TV,” she said. “Maybe a few guest spots on some shows that I’m a fan of and maybe another TV show where I’m the star of it.”

Madison said Bynes was “very realistic” about her acting goals and said she knows she has to “take it step by step.”

Bynes, 31, said she misses acting and being in front of the camera, but also revealed a new area of interest.

She enrolled in a fashion school and plans to launch her own collection. “I’ve been going to school lately. Fashion school. FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising] and I love it. I learned how to sew. I make patterns and I want to start a clothing line in the future,” Bynes explained.

As for her health, Bynes is three-years sober and appears to be in a much better place than she was four years ago.

Tamar Arminak, Bynes’ attorney said she has complied with all conditions of her probation from the series of driving violations which included a DUI, two alleged hit-and-run incidents, tickets and drivers license suspension. Bynes is thankful that no one was hurt and she is very proud of being sober for almost three-years now.


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November 27th, 2018

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