There are certain celebrities that people are extra invested in, and Amanda Bynes definitely fits that category. I feel like our entire generation has been rooting for Amanda to succeed since the “I want Drake to murder my vagina” days, and things finally seem to be going in a positive direction. The last several years have been quite the roller coaster for Amanda, but this week she graduated from college, which is a super big accomplishment for her.
Amanda Bynes first enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) back in 2014, but she had some issues during her time there. In her first year there, she was reportedly kicked out of school for a multitude of reasons. She allegedly showed up to class high (who would do such a thing??), got caught cheating on tests, and caused “horrendous arguments” with her classmates. Okay, so none of these are *good* things, but I feel like everyone reading this can probably check at least one of those boxes.
Also, in doing my research for this (reading several old Page Six articles), I learned that Amanda Bynes got arrested for a DUI in 2014 because she was under the influence of ADDERALL. I’m sorry, this is a crime?? How much Adderall do you have to be cracked out on to get arrested, because we’ve probably all been there. Amanda Bynes really did college just like all the rest of us.
FIDM graduate 2019 #fidmgraduation pic.twitter.com/KdFI5dPOdK
— amanda bynes (@amandabynes) June 25, 2019
But apparently FIDM decided to let Amanda back in, and now she’s finally done with her degree. We hadn’t really heard from Amanda for a few years, until she resurfaced last fall with her Paper magazine cover. In the interview, she was open about her past substance abuse issues, and seemed hopeful about her future in fashion. She said that she planned to launch a clothing line, and she even wore some of her own pieces for the shoot.
All things considered, it seemed like Amanda Bynes was doing well. But then, it was reported earlier this year that Amanda had entered a mental health facility for stress-related reasons. There were never really any public details about this, but I was definitely nervous that we were going to go down another dark path with Amanda. To be honest, I still feel like I have PTSD from all those manic tweets back in 2013.
Even if we don’t know everything about Amanda Bynes’ situation, her graduation seems like a good sign that she figured things out, at least for now. I would love to have a chat with her about what’s going on with her hair, but mostly I’m just happy that she got that degree. Congrats girl, now welcome to post-grad life. It’s soooo fun and not stressful at all!
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