Amanda Bynes’ nine-year-long conservatorship has been terminated by a judge in California. The former actor has thanked fans for their love and support as Judge Lund deemed the agreement to be “no longer required”.
Updated 23 March: Amanda Bynes’ nine year-long conservatorship has now been terminated by a Californian judge. The decision came after her hearing on Tuesday 22 March where Judge Roger L Lund said the conservatorship was “no longer required”.
According to the New York Times, he said: “She’s done everything the court has asked over a long period of time.” Speaking about the ruling, Bynes spoke to People and thanked her fans, lawyer and family during this time.
“Following today’s decision by the judge to terminate my conservatorship, I would like to thank my fans for their love and well wishes during this time. I would also like to thank my lawyer and my parents for their support over the last nine years.”
She added: “In the last several years, I have been working hard to improve my health so that I can live and work independently, and I will continue to prioritise my wellbeing in this next chapter. I am excited about my upcoming endeavours – including my fragrance line – and look forward to sharing more when I can.”
Amanda Bynes previously returned to Instagram to thank fans for their support after she filed a petition to end her nearly nine year conservatorship, citing a “desire to live free of any constraint.”
“What’s up, Instagram? Amanda Bynes here. My court date is coming up in two weeks. I want to thank you all so much for your love and support. Peace out,” she spoke in a video posted to the platform.
Bynes, who starred in the likes of The Amanda Show and Hairspray, was under the conservatorship of her mother, Lynn, since 2013 after the actor allegedly set a driveway on fire and was hospitalised on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
However, court documents submitted in February showed that Bynes had “no apparent impairment in alertness and attention, information and processing, or ability to modulate mood and affect, and suffers no thought disorders,” according to her psychiatrist.
“Ms. Bynes contends her condition has improved, and protection of the court is no longer necessary,” her lawyer wrote.
Bynes’ mother supported the termination of the conservatorship ahead of the hearing on 22 March.
“This conservatorship that Lynn brought has always been intended to be temporary, and Lynn is extremely happy and thrilled and proud of Amanda and ready to terminate this conservatorship based on the hard work Amanda has done,” said Lynn’s legal team.
Bynes has remained out of the film and television spotlight for over a decade, with her last film credit listed as 2010’s Easy A. According to the filing, the 35-year-old is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and has been living in a “structured community for women” since 2020.
The #FreeBritney movement, which helped see Britney Spears released from her “abusive” 13-year conservatorship, has placed the narrative around ‘troubled’ celebrities, their mental health and the role we as the audience play in it firmly into the spotlight.
While it has never been suggested that Bynes’ conservatorship exercised unnecessary control, the very public events that led up to it played out on a global stage. And sadly, like Britney, the tabloid and paparazzi culture that we (perhaps inadvertently) spurred on was at the centre of it.
So after years of being fodder for media scandals, it’s incredible to hear that Bynes has developed a “sustainable routine” and “consistently earns above average grades”. “She lives by the beach, attends school and is enjoying meditation and Soul Cycle classes,” added her lawyer in a statement.
It’s too early to say whether Bynes will ever return to our screens, or to public life at all. But in the age of instantaneous celebrity access and parasocial relationships, it’s important to remember that she’s not just a cultural figure – she’s a real person, with real needs and her own life to live.
Whatever method that grants her safety, happiness, security and fulfillment is all that we should be wishing for.