Amanda Bynes‘ mother, Lynne Bynes has been her conservator since 2014. This means Bynes isn’t allowed to make her own decisions without her mother giving her permission to do what she wants or needs to do. She did have conservatorship over her finances at one time but that expired last year and wasn’t continued by her mom any longer.
Now, according to Pop Culture, her mom thinks she needs a ‘controlled environment’ and shouldn’t be allowed to make her own decisions about her care. Bynes is appealing this in the courts now.
Bynes publicly spoke out for the first time in an Instagram video, saying she was going to the court to ask for some changes to be made regarding the conservatorship her mother has on her. Not only was this public announcement made by Bynes on social media, but she also posted to her Instagram page about her engagement to a man she met in rehab, by the name of Paul Michael.
A close source to the family told US Weekly, “Amanda’s mother doesn’t have any issue with her daughter requesting a hearing regarding the conservatorship. Lynn feels Amanda isn’t in any capacity to make any decisions about her care or treatment. Lynn will request that Amanda remain in a controlled environment.”
Although the conservatorship Lynne has on Amanda did expire recently, it was extended by Lynne and her attorney until at least August of 2020.
In an Instagram post on Saturday, Amanda posted about the treatment program she has been going to that is costing her $5,200 per month. She said in the post, “Today I want to talk about a controversial topic: My conservatorship case. I have been going to a treatment center that charges $5,200 a month. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t go to a therapist who takes my insurance for $5,000 less a month. This is why I’ve asked to see the judge next week regarding this conservatorship issue.”
She continued in her post, “I’m sorry that this is what I’m dealing with and I’m sorry that I put my problems onto the Internet, but this is what life has come to. So thank you guys so much for always supporting me. Love you all. Peace out. I appreciate your love and support. Love you guys! Bye!”
During her Valentine’s Day engagement announcement, she talked about her engagement to boyfriend, Paul Michael. She claimed to have been dating him for the past two to three months before this.
Although her parents know about her engagement, she does have to get permission from her mother before she can get legally married to Michael. This is because of the conservatorship Lynne has on her since she doesn’t believe Amanda has the mental capacity to make her own decisions since her public meltdown in 2014.
The president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, Neama Rahmani, told US Weekly, “If Amanda’s parents did not consent to the marriage, they can petition the court to annul the marriage on the basis of Amanda’s ‘unsound mind.”
Amanda has posted a bunch of Instagram videos letting everyone know that she and Michael have both been sober for one year now.
She said, “Hey everyone, this is Paul, my fiancé. I’m so lucky. As you can see, he’s drop-dead gorgeous. And, he’s also the best person on the face of the earth.”
She continued in her video series, “And, 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. I feel like I got what’s mine and that is Paul.”