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Amanda Bynes: 1-Year Sober and Apologetic

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By Jennifer Passmore

Amanda Bynes seems to finally be making peace with everyone she has hurt over the years. The Nickelodeon alum seems to be ready to move on with her life. Approximately six and a half years ago, in 2013, Bynes went on Twitter rants calling people "ugly." We mean, there were a lot of the word ugly being thrown around by Bynes. No one was safe, even former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. But now she is willing to make things right.

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Over The Years

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Amanda Bynes rose to fame when she was cast on the television show "All That," running from 1996-2000. A subsequent spinoff, "The Amanda Show" ran from 1999-2002. She went on to star in various big-screen movies. However, with her life always being in the spotlight, Bynes had decided to back off from the public eye in 2010, citing "various personal problems." She has struggled with substance abuse in the past, as well as having some legal problems of her own.

Erratic Behavior

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Bynes has had her fair share of scuffles with the law over the years. After being pulled over, she tended to flee the scene. She has been pulled over for driving under the influence, rear-ending another car and leaving the scene, amongst various other things. In 2013, she was arrested for tossing a bong out of an apartment on West 47th Street in New York City. Police were originally dispatched by the building's manager, who complained that marijuana was being smoked in the building.

The "Ugly" Phase

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There was a time when all Bynes kept doing was going after celebrities, politicians, anyone she could think of, really, and calling them "ugly." She has said that, "Zac Efron has an ugly face," "Drake has the ugliest smile, ugly gums, uneven teeth, ugly eyes." She called rapper Jay-Z "ugly face," and called Chrissy Teigen an "ugly old model." But she is ready to put that particularly "ugly" past behind her. In a 2018 interview with Paper magazine she said, "I can’t turn back time but if I could, I would. And I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me."

One Year Sober

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Bynes is now one year sober by her own admission in an Instagram video. In the video she says, "Hey, everyone, this is Paul, my fiancé," to whom she revealed her engagement to on Valentine's Day, went on to say, "I’m so lucky. As you can see, he’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s also the best person on the face of the Earth." She also spoke about how lucky she was, saying, "Now I’ve remained sober for over a year — same with Paul — and I just want to let you know that I love you guys and I’m so happy now."

Doing Her Own Thing

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Last year, Bynes shared a snap of her donning a cap and gown on her Twitter with the caption reading, "FIDM graduate 2019 #fidmgraduation" Bynes had been attending the Fasion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Merchandising and Development. As of late, she has expressed a great interest in starting her very own clothing line. According to one of the school advisors at the time, they said Bynes was a star student. It certainly looks like things are getting on track in Bynes' life!

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