It's a new year, which means new beginnings, and we cannot contain our excitement as Amanda Bynes is going to creep back into our lives.
Five years ago, the celebrity was struggling and had many meltdowns that were made public and were almost unbearable to watch. It hurt to see another successful celebrity go down the same road as pop queen Britney Spears. Bynes, who made us all laugh in movies such as She's the Man, completely broke down in the public eye. Even though the paparazzi was hounding her down, her worst moments on the Internet were caused by her. The star was posting unflattering photos of herself, calling out a bunch of other celebrities, and saying horrible and insensitive things.
Fast forward to 2018, and Amanda Bynes started looking healthier. She's back!
If you've been following the actress, you may have noticed she made her social media comeback in September last year, and the 32-year-old is looking fantastic, poised, natural, and positive. Here is everything you need to know about her life and comeback.
20 Keeping It Healthy And Hydrated
This time, Bynes will be on our minds for all the right reasons. She's been caught by the paparazzi doing her thing: walking, buying food, and other normal things. She's often spotted with a healthy beverage in her hand. She looks radiant and healthy, as is evident by this picture that was taken in December.
19 Exercise Is Good For The Mind And Body
We really hope Bynes gets to return to where it all started, and we hope we get to see her on television again. As she slowly takes baby steps to reach that point, she has been working out hard. Here she is pictured with one of her gals, working up a sweat.
In an interview that Bynes gave on Good Morning America, she mentioned how she is really committed to hiking. But that's not all. She also does other healthy activities, such as spinning classes, Hello magazine reports.
18 Yoga And Family: Top Priorities For Bynes
Many sources have claimed that Bynes is able to make her comeback because of the support from her parents, and how well the three have been getting along. However, to help make her daily life easier, Bynes has turned to yoga to find balance so she can get back on her feet. As E! News reports, yoga and reconnecting with her family are two things she's really concentrating on right now.
17 Bynes Is Thriving In School
If you're obsessed with the What A Girls Wants star, you may recall that in 2014 she had enrolled herself in classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles. Four years after initially enrolling, she has resumed her studies at the FIDM. E! News reports her saying,
"I am really loving school and I feel that I am learning a lot.
I enjoy all of my classes and my teachers are excellent."
16 Flying Under The Radar
Bynes knows very well that everyone knows who she is and the tantalizing trauma that she went through, so to make a proper comeback, she has resorted to remaining very quiet. As reported by E! News, a source claimed,
"At school, Amanda doesn't socialize. She doesn't want to be a distraction for the other students so she just keeps her head down, focuses on the work and sticks to herself."
She's doing what she's got to do to get her life back on track.
15 Bynes Is Trying To Heal The World
Bynes is well on her way, and we simply adore how she has not been acting like Bynes "the actress" but rather Bynes "the all-American girl."
In addition to school and hiking, Bynes tries to help those in need. As she said in her Good Morning America interview, she likes to feed the homeless.
14 She Is Not Vintage, But Her Line Is
Word on the street is that Amanda Bynes is going to be our new favourite fashion designer! Since going off the map, the biggest comeback for the now-graceful Bynes is her very own clothing line. The line is called Vintage By Amanda Bynes, but she won't only be making clothing - there's also vintage jewellery, cosmetics and fragrances on offer, The Blast reports.
13 Slaying It On The Cover Of Paper
While she is staying very low-key and trying to stay as private as possible to avoid scrutiny, Bynes' graced the cover of Paper magazine's ‘Break The Internet’ issue in November last year.
While she is taking baby steps in her comeback, this was surely one big step, and she did it with complete confidence.
In one of the pics in the photo shoot, Bynes is seen laughing and having fun. She looks like her old self, only with a twinkle of wisdom in her eye.
12 Bynes’ First Comeback Tweet Makes Us Wonder...
Slow and steady wins the race, right? Well, when it comes to social media, Bynes is remaining distant, but still trying to slowly get back into a routine. In September 2018, Bynes teased us when she posted her first tweet in over two years. She posted a picture of herself looking fabulous with Hairspray producer Neil Meron.
Fans were super relieved to see how healthy she looked, but this tweet is still making us think one thing: Was Bynes teasing us that her comeback would include another role in a musical or theatre production?
11 Bynes Does Want To Continue Acting (Yay!)
Her return to the screen is long overdue, and now that she is getting it together, step by step, we cannot wait to see her crack jokes again. Back in June 2017, when she gave her first interview with Hollyscoop, she said,
"I do miss acting, and I have something surprising to tell you: I'm going to start acting again."
Maybe that is why she met with the producer of Hairspray...
10 She's Showing Her Support
Last year was a big one for the What I Like About You actress, but 2019 will be a triumphant one for her. Not only is she involved in charity work, but she's also been spotted attending fundraisers. As Us Magazine reports,
“Amanda attended a fundraiser for the Democratic challenger for Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat, Pat Harris,” a source told the publication. “Amanda is very civic-minded and wanted to show up to support Pat."
9 Bynes Is Keeping Her Friends Close
As part of her low-key life, Bynes has been spending time with those closest to her. Over the recent festive season, she kept her BFFs around to make the holiday special. That was really all she needed to feel good. A source told Us,
“Amanda is doing so well, and is truly in the best place she has ever been."
The source added that Bynes was looking forward to a low-key Christmas with her friends.
8 Going Back To Spin Classes
Bynes is certainly not the first Hollywood star that we have seen fall into a downward spiral, but we truly appreciate her and her progress, because she has been open to anything that will keep her mind and body sane, like spinning.
Years ago, Bynes actually got kicked out of a spin class for erratic behaviour, as Hello Giggles reports, so it's nice to see her going back to classes, new and improved.
7 Taking Responsibility For Her Actions
In her prestigious interview with Paper magazine, Bynes revealed she has reached a better place. One of the ways in which she did this was to move on from her previous Twitter faux pas. Remember the crazy-sounding tweets she posted? The attacks on fellow celebs? Bynes told Paper,
"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. Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter. But, it's definitely not Twitter's fault — it's my own fault."
6 Staying Strong And Focused
After publicly humiliating herself, people should now applaud the former child star for being four years sober ― now that is a golden achievement! As anyone who's battling alcohol or drug addiction knows, it's certainly not an easy thing to do. She told Paper magazine,
"Everybody is different, obviously, but for me, the mixture of [it all] 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."
5 Bynes Is Proving Herself
It's not easy trying to come back into the spotlight after taking time away from fame. People often have misconceptions or ideas about you that are not based on fact. But, it's how you live that shows them what you're really like. During her shoot for Paper mag, people could see the change in Bynes. As the article in the mag states:
"Throughout the course of the photo shoot, to which [Bynes] arrives early, Bynes checks in with various members of the production team frequently, looking to ensure everyone is getting exactly what they need out of the endeavor. She gamely sticks around past midnight to add another shot after the crew decides it would be a good idea to have one more look added into the mix. She compliments someone's red pants and delights in an adorable photo of her friend's two-year-old daughter."
4 Inspiring Her Fans
You know that someone has emerged powerful when they are able to openly discuss what they went through, and Bynes has done so. This is also a mark of how she's learned from her mistakes and experiences. By talking about her journey, she inspires those going through dark days. As she tells Paper,
"I have no fear of the future.
I've been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it's only up from here."
3 Going To Business Meetings (What's In The Works?)
Another way in which Bynes is making a comeback? She is attending business meetings. Pictured here picking up coffee before heading to a business meeting, the 32-year-old looked sophisticated and professional. What meeting was she off to, you ask? Well, The Daily Mail's headline stated that she's plotting her return to Hollywood, so we'll have to wait and see. There's no doubt she's taking things seriously.
2 She's Looking More Like Herself These Days
There were many years when Bynes just wasn't looking like herself. Often, she was unrecognizable. But, after posting the above picture to her social media accounts, we can see that she's looking a lot more like the Amanda Bynes we used to love! As The Daily Mail reports, the pretty selfie made her look more like her old movie-star self, with her darker hair. But more than that, she looks in control and ready to make waves!
1 Designed By Yours Truly!
If you picked up the Paper issue of Amanda Bynes looking fabulous, you might not know that she had a hand in her look. When it came to doing her makeup, makeup artist Edward Cruz told Refinery29 he actually learned something from Bynes. He said,
"Amanda has a beautiful way of applying her lipstick, which creates a perfectly balanced upper and lower lip. It’s really cool, and I hadn’t met anyone before that preferred their lip in this shape. She actually taught me her technique, so I love her for this."
ReferencesL Hello, E! Newsm The Blast, Hollyscoop, Us Magazine, Paper, The Daily Mail