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23rd Mar 2022

Amanda Bynes’ statement after being released from conservatorship

Good for her.

Amanda Bynes has been released from her conservatorship after nine years of having her life and financial decisions controlled by her parents.

Now breaking her silence, the actress shared a statement with PEOPLE through her lawyer David A. Esquibias to give her gratitude for the decision and her plans for the future.

“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,” the 35 year old said.

“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 prioritize my well-being in this next chapter. I am excited about my upcoming endeavors — including my fragrance line — and look forward to sharing more when I can.”

While Amanda wasn’t present at the briefing, Judge Roger L. Lund congratulated “Ms. Bynes” and wished her “good luck”.

Amanda’s mother Lynn was given a temporary conservatorship over the star back in August 2013 after concerns over her daughter’s wellbeing and was then granted full conservatorship in October of 2014.

The actress quickly rose to fame on Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show while she was a teenager before going on to star in huge films like Hairspray, She’s The Man and What A Girl Wants.

After struggles with mental health and substance abuse, she was placed under the conservatorship and has been working to have it lifted since February.

Since living under the conservatorship, Amanda has kept her life out of the spotlight as she finishes her degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has already earned her associate’s degree in 2019 and also got engaged to her fiance Paul Michael in 2020.

Taking even more steps towards her independence, she has been living in a LA rental that is largely in a sober living community.

When Amanda was placed in the legal arrangement by her parents, they were concerned she may hurt herself or others and they were given control of her medical care and finances when she was 27 years old.