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Living in a sober living facility, former child star Amanda Bynes working in ‘career in fashion’


Amanda Bynes is continuing to clean up her act and pursuing her new passion.

The former Nickelodeon star — who’s been off the grid for the past few years due to drug use and depression — is taking control of her life and is embarking on fulfilling her life’s dream, a career in fashion.

A source close to the 33-year-old actress told E! News she “hasn’t had a recent relapse and is not doing drugs or alcohol. She is focused on her sobriety right now and committed to it and she feels really good about it.”

According to E! News, Bynes moved into a sober living community and is “doing really well,” the insider said, also adding that the community has been a positive influence on her.

The recent Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise graduate is reportedly now working towards a new lifelong career: fashion.

A trademark for "Vintage by Amanda Bynes" was filed last October and will reportedly encompass clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, household containers, and furniture.


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In the early to mid-aughts the Thousand Oaks, Calif.-raised starlet seemingly transitioned well from childhood stardom into mainstream culture with starring roles in the films “Big Fat Liar,” “What a Girls Wants” and the Golden Globe Award nominated 2007 remake of John Waters 1988 film “Hairspray.”

But her role in 2006’s “She’s the Man,” in which she dressed in drag, led her into a downward spiral.

"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 told PAPER last year, explaining that seeing herself as a man was "a super strange and out-of-body experience… It just really put me into a funk."

Within years, her career started to careen off-course with a series of unfortunate events that led to arrests, court appearances and probation — all played out on social media and in tabloid platforms.

"I’m really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said,” Bynes, who revealed she was bipolar in 2014, fessed up in the interview. “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. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad.”

"Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter,” she said, adding: “It’s definitely not Twitter’s fault — it’s my own fault.”

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