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Amanda Bynes is still seeking treatment for her ongoing struggles, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.
“Amanda’s at a treatment center for stress and anxiety,” the child star’s lawyer David Esquibias confirms in the new issue of Us. “She’s not there for drug or alcohol issues.”
Bynes, 34, previously revealed via Instagram in May that she spent two months in treatment to work on “coping skills to help with [her] social anxiety” as she took a break from getting her Bachelor’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. The Amanda Show alum has been under conservatorship since 2014 when she suffered a string of mental health and substance abuse issues.
“Update: Getting my Bachelor’s degree from FIDM. Taking online classes, trying to get a 4.0 GPA :],” Bynes wrote on May 23. “Looking forward to starting my online store in the future #goals.”
According to an insider, every day is an uphill battle for the former actress, who debuted a new tattoo that reads, “See you on the other side,” earlier this month.
“It’s going to be an ongoing struggle for the rest of her life,” the source tells Us.
The Nickelodeon alum has support, however. The source notes that her fiancé, Paul Michael, is able to visit her in treatment.
“Still engaged to tha love of my life Paul. Hope you’re all staying safe!” Bynes gushed last month via Instagram.
Bynes and Michael announced their engagement in February. While she previously announced they were expecting their first child, Esquibias told Us last month that Bynes is not pregnant.
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Amanda Bynes is sharing a life update after staying quiet on social media for the past two months.
On Saturday, the She’s the Man actress, 34, posted a selfie on Instagram alongside a brief message on what she’s been up since spending the last two months in treatment for her mental health.
Bynes shared that she is “getting [her] Bachelor’s degree from FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising]” and has been “taking online classes” with the hopes of “trying to get a 4.0 GPA.”
“Looking forward to starting my online store in the future #goals,” she added of her career down the line.
Bynes noted that she “spent the last 2 months in treatment” where she “worked on coping skills to help with [her] social anxiety that caused [her] to drop out of school months ago.”
Now, the star added, she is “back on track and doing well!”
“I’m now living in transitional living and doing therapy during the week,” she said.
As for her relationship status, the actress wrote, “still engaged to tha love of my life Paul ?.”
News of the couple getting back together comes two months after PEOPLE confirmed that Bynes and Michael, 28, had what would be a short-lived split after their engagement.
Bynes first announced her engagement to Paul Michael, a man she met at her former sober living home in late 2019, on Valentine’s Day. “Hope you’re all staying safe! Love y’all! ??,” she concluded the update.
In mid-March, both Michael and Bynes announced on Instagram that they were expecting their first child together in posts that have since been deleted from social media.
“Baby in the making,” Michael captioned the post. At the time, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that Bynes was pregnant.
Earlier this month, however, her lawyer David Esquibias said the actress is not expecting a baby with her partner.
Hours after Bynes and Michael’s respective pregnancy announcements, Esquibias released a statement to PEOPLE asking for privacy on behalf of the former actress as she sought “treatment for ongoing mental health issues.”
Her lawyer added that Bynes is currently “sheltering at a safe environment” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, on March 1, Bynes celebrated a year and two months of sobriety, sharing a pair of photos with two unidentified men on Instagram.
The What A Girl Wants star sought help in January 2019 after months of struggles that followed her decision to step back into the public eye.
Amanda Bynes‘ lawyer, David Esquibias, says the actress is not pregnant, nearly two months after she announced that she was expecting a child with fiancé Paul Michael.
The former Nickelodeon star, 33, confirmed via Instagram that she had a “baby on board” on March 17. At the time, Michael posted an identical announcement, sharing an old selfie of himself with the Easy A actress. He also posted a photo of their child’s first ultrasound with Bynes’ name listed on the image.
Bynes’ pregnancy news came shortly after she split from her fiancé, who proposed to her on Valentine’s Day this year. Days before their March 8 breakup, the Sydney White star was ordered to seek treatment at a mental health facility by the judge overseeing her conservatorship case. At the time, Bynes reportedly agreed to the terms but refused to check herself into a treatment center after leaving the courthouse. Esquibias later noted that the She’s the Man star would be getting professional care for her “ongoing mental health issues.”
“She is not living in a sober living facility,” he tells Us Weekly exclusively. “She’s sheltering at a safe environment.”
The All That alum has been under a conservatorship since 2014, when she suffered a public breakdown and had trouble with substance abuse. Four years later, she opened up about her hardships and reflected on her retirement from acting in a revealing interview with magazine.
“I just had no purpose in life. I’d been my whole life and [now] I was doing nothing,” she said in 2018. “I had a lot of time on my hands and I would ‘wake and bake’ and literally be all day long. … [I was] hanging out with a seedier crowd and I isolated a lot … I got into my drug usage and it became a dark, sad world for me.”
Despite her struggles, Bynes admitted that she learned a lot from the time she spent in treatment and offered some words of wisdom for anyone who might be experiencing similar problems.
“My to anyone who is struggling with substance abuse would be to be careful because drugs can take a hold of your life,” she told the publication. “ is different, obviously, but for me, the mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes messed up my brain. It made me a completely different person.”