Amanda Bynes has been on quite the emotional roller coaster over the last several months. Seemingly out of nowhere, the former Nickelodeon star took to her Instagram on Valentine’s Day to introduce Paul Micheal to the world, her new boyfriend and fellow ‘housemate’.
Only days later, she revealed that the two had become engaged and were developing plans to get married. Not long after, the two broke up, only to ‘get back together’. Most recently, Bynes announced that the couple was expecting a child, something that has created some massive problems for the former actress and her rights as a person capable of raising a child.
The problem inherent to Bynes’ pregnancy rests solely on her personal rights. Currently, the ‘What a Girl Wants’ star is under the conservatorship of her mother due to a string of behavioral problems including drug and substance abuse. Those issues lead Bynes to be arrested and subsequently, to be ordered into psychiatric care.
Through multiple stints in rehab and time in a sober-living facility, the former actress’ life has not shown much improvement, leading the judge-issued conservatorship to remain in place, despite getting engaged and now becoming pregnant.
Byne’s pregnancy reportedly has infuriated her mother, as not only does she believe that it was irresponsible, given Bynes’ condition, but also because the former actress is now refusing to take some of her medications due to being pregnant.
“Amanda’s mom is furious she is pregnant as treating her mental health issues has become complicated,” an insider close to Bynes’ family told Us Weekly. “Amanda doesn’t want to take some of the meds because of dangers to [her] baby.” Additionally, the custody of the baby presents its own set of complications and challenges.
“Amanda, her parents, and her fiancé, Paul Michael, will all share physical custody, but only her parents and Paul will be able to make legal decisions for the baby because Amanda is under conservatorship,” Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers told the outlet.
“That’s the best-case scenario for Amanda. The worst case is that county social workers get involved and try to remove the baby because they think Amanda is not a fit parent.” It is completely possible, given future developments in her case, that Bynes could lose the baby altogether.
In November of 2018, Bynes spoke with Paper Magazine about her inherent struggles with substance abuse and her eventual diagnosis with Bipolar disorder. “I just had no purpose in life,” the ‘All That’ star told Paper.
“I’d been working my whole life and [then] I was doing nothing. I had a lot of time on my hands and I would ‘wake and bake’ and literally be stoned all day long. … I got really into my drug usage and it became a really dark, sad world for me.”