After Years Away From The Spotlight, Amanda Bynes Is Ready For Her Comeback 🙌

Nothing like a good comeback story! After a long and often dark absence, Amanda Bynes is back and better than ever.

Now 32 years old, the former child star is featured in Paper magazine’s annual “Break the Internet” issue–a perhaps fitting place for a woman who was the viral focus of so much attention during the darkest period of her life. Bynes holds nothing back in the sprawling profile, talking candidly of her drug-fueled breakdown in very personal detail.

Bynes started as a child star on Nickelodeon before transitioning to movies in the early 2000s. Her 2006 film She’s the Man was the start of her downfall: she appeared in drag in the film, and it made her deeply self-conscious about her appearance. “When the movie came out and I saw it, I went into a deep depression for 4-6 months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy. I’ve never told anyone that,” she tells Paper.

Shortly thereafter, Bynes heard about the drug Adderall being the newest weight-loss pill, and faked symptoms of ADD to get a prescription. She recounts being on the set of Hall Pass and, “literally being scatterbrained and not being able to focus on my lines. Or memorize them, for that matter.” She became so fixated on her appearance and weight that she walked off the set of the film and never returned.

While high at a screening of Easy A, Bynes was so disturbed by her appearance and performance that she announced her retirement on Twitter shortly thereafter, at the age of 24. “I should’ve done it in a press statement—but I did it on Twitter,” she tells Paper. “Real classy!” Dalliances with cocaine and ecstasy followed, and Bynes felt she had “no purpose in life” after retiring. She began a pattern of tweeting outlandish things while high, which kept her in a constant flurry of negative headlines. “Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter,” she says.

Eventually, legal troubles caught up with her in 2014, forcing a turnaround. Now, she plans to release a clothing line, and eventually return to acting. And judging from the reactions on Twitter, she’d have a built-in fanbase ready for her return!

Now “almost four years sober,” Bynes also says she hopes others can learn from the dark days of her past.

“…thankfully I never did heroin or meth or anything like that—but certain things that you think are harmless, they may actually affect you in a more harmful way… Be really, really careful because you could lose it all and ruin your entire life like I did.”

Solid advice, indeed. Welcome back, Amanda! We missed you!

H/T E! Online, CNN