Amanda Bynes Update: Actress Makes Rare Appearance, Reportedly ‘In A Better Place’

Amanda Bynes made a rare public appearance in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The 29-year-old actress looked barely recognizable when she stepped out to grab an ice cold drink and have a chat with some friends.

The reportedly troubled starlet looked different with her fuller figure. Bynes was photographed wearing a white sleeveless turtleneck paired with striped black Adidas leggings and used Chuck Taylors. In her hands was a cigarette, her cell phone, and a Starbucks cup. Bynes also wore dark tortoise shell sunglasses and a Chanel chain strap handbag. Her hair was also noticeably different, as it’s bleached blonde this time around.

The former She’s The Man star has been laying low both in public and on social media. Amanda was last photographed back in December when she shared a photo of herself with a friend on Twitter and wished her followers happy holidays. An inside source told E! Online that Amanda has been doing well despite the fact that she’s remained under temporary conservatorship of her parents since 2013.

“She keeps to herself, but she seems really healthy and focused on her schooling. She seems like she’s in a much better place and she looks great. No one really treats her any differently because she’s Amanda Bynes. You can tell she really just wants to be a normal student. Everyone at FIDM is really chill and respects her and her space.”

Meanwhile, Bynes’ lawyer, Tamar Arminak, revealed to People last October that the star has been happy and healthy as she continues her studies. Bynes is currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

“We are all so proud of her, and can’t wait to see her amazing designs on the runway someday.”

The Nickelodeon star has been faced with many run-ins with the law, including a series of DUIs and drug-related arrests. In addition, Amanda has been seen exhibiting erratic behavior and tweeting strange messages before she was hospitalized on a 5150 psychiatric hold in 2013. She was then released under the care of her parents and continued treatment. In 2014, Amanda’s mom was granted conservatorship.

Then, later that year, Bynes was arrested for another DUI in a case that was dropped. Two weeks later, she was placed under involuntary psychiatric hold and has been reportedly diagnosed as bipolar and manic depressive. Bynes spent 20 days at a treatment facility before she was released under the care of her parents again. She then returned to FIDM in 2015 to continue her studies.

Despite her personal struggles, her net worth could be on the rise. Amanda Bynes has a reported net worth of $5.7 million which she already earned from hit movies and TV series.

If insiders are right about Bynes doing well, then her net worth could be on the rise again. While her current net worth is just under $6 million, there’s a chance that it could still grow in the future. Bynes is hoping that she can continue to build her net worth by having a successful career in the fashion industry.

Even fashion designer and Project Runway alum Michael Costello has been raving about Amanda to the media. It’s not clear if the two are working together on an exclusive fashion line, or if he’s mentoring her. There have also been talks about Amanda wanting to dabble in the music industry, preferably in the rap game.

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