“Amanda is still inpatient in a mental health facility,” said a friend of Bynes. “She was able to get an outing pass for a few hours for the special occasion so she could walk with the other students. But she left a little early and was back at the facility at the end of the graduation.”
Bynes has struggled with mental illness and addiction for several years.
In 2012, she was charged with a DUI, though the charge was dropped two years later. In 2013, she was put under a 72-hour mental-health evaluation hold in a mental health facility after she allegedly started a small fire in a stranger’s driveway. Since then, her parents have repeatedly filed for and been granted conservatorship over Bynes due to her illness.
In 2018, Bynes publicly announced that she had been sober for four years after struggling with substance use disorder, particularly with Adderall.
In addition to working on getting sober and improving her mental health, Bynes has been working on developing a career in fashion since she retired from acting in 2010. She enrolled at the Fashion Institute in 2014 and received her associate’s degree in Merchandise Product Development last year, and her bachelor’s this year.
Earlier this year, the Bynes family attorney Tamar Arminak told People that Amanda has been doing well in the inpatient program.
“Amanda is doing great, working on herself, and taking some well-deserved time off to focus on her wellbeing after graduating FIDM in December,” he said. “She’s spending time reading and exercising, sketching for her new line and mostly making sure this time around she puts her needs first.”
A Rare Photo
Bynes even posted a rare photo of herself on her Twitter account—one of only 11 tweets on an account that has nearly three million followers. The photo shows her posing in cap and gown with a friend dressed in a leopard print vest and tie.