As part of my ongoing quest to keep people informed about the Amanda Bynes situation and to take it as seriously as it deserves to be taken, I think it’s time for another update on how things are panning out with her. As it stands now, Amanda is currently hospitalized under a fourteen-day 5250 hold for mental evaluation, extended from the original seventy-two hour 5150 hold after showing signs of schizophrenia. Both are involuntary holds, meaning they don’t require the permission of the patient in question, with the assumption that she could be a danger to herself or others if she remains independent and in public.
Initially it seemed that Amanda would fight the 5250 hold, as she had scheduled a hearing in which she planned to request an early release, but she has since canceled that request, and will stay in the hospital for the entire two weeks while doctors wait for her medication to take hold. Insert sigh of relief here. One thing that didn’t go according to plan, however, was her parents’ bid to get Amanda placed in a conservatorship, much like Britney Spears was back in 2008, so that they could take control of her assets. Amanda’s mom applied for a temporary conservatorship, which a judge denied, but Amanda’s former best friend Ana Rivera, a model, says that might not be the worst thing. According to her, Amanda feels her parents are overprotective, and feels resentful toward them for:
“…telling her what to do and pushing her into acting, a career she never wanted. [Amanda] was frustrated, as they wanted her to act and she didn’t want to do it any more. Amanda said the only movie she herself liked that she was in was Hairspray. She didn’t get any enjoyment out of acting.”
I wish I could say that wasn’t a familiar story — of parents pushing their children toward a career with little regard for their own interests — but unfortunately Toddlers And Tiaras is a real thing, so I know those parents exist in abundance. Given, we’re only getting one side of the story, from someone claiming to know what Amanda thinks, so let’s take all this with a grain of salt. Maybe her parents weren’t stage-y at all, and and they really had her best interests at heart. We may never get the full story, but it does bear mentioning that apparently the rift between Amanda and her family existed even before she began struggling mentally.
“She said she’d never been close to her family. She was jealous of her sister, Jill, and the praise she got from her parents, as she was a teacher and had two kids and a great marriage. It felt like a real sibling rivalry and everything Amanda secretly wanted. She also didn’t get on with her dad. She said he was too overprotective. They tried to get in contact, but Amanda would get mad at them for sending texts, even though they said ‘Amanda, we love you. Please get in contact.’ She felt like they were telling her what to do. It would always end badly, as she wouldn’t hear what she wanted.”
Yeah, it sounds like a pretty typical interaction between a family member who needs help and the rest of the family who want them to get it but can’t break through to make it happen. Regardless of who’s right, though, I think we can all agree it’s an excellent thing that Amanda is finally being taken care of and supervised in a genuine hospital instead of wandering the streets being laughed at by the media. That was a shitshow.