Dunzo. Amanda Bynes and her fiancé, Paul Michael, split and ended their engagement, In Touch has exclusively learned. “We did,” Paul tells In Touch exclusively, confirming their breakup. “I love her though, she’s my best friend.”
Split rumors started swirling after the 33-year-old deleted every photo of Paul, including their engagement announcement, from her Instagram page. “Engaged to tha [sic] love of my life,” the former Nickelodeon star wrote in the caption of a photo of her gorgeous ring featuring her man’s hand in the background, which was posted on February 14.
Her Valentine’s Day post was the first time fans had learned that she was in a relationship with Paul, who is 28 years old. The couple met in AA class, according to The Blast, and had only been dating for about three months before he popped the question. Both Amanda and Paul had been sober for about a year when they got engaged.
The couple seemed loved up in the selfies and videos that Amanda shared on Instagram over the past few weeks. “Lover,” she captioned one selfie with her man. “My love is Paul,” she wrote in the caption of another set of selfies. She also shared a video clip with Paul where she introduced him to her fans.
“Hey everyone, this is Paul, my fiancé. I’m so lucky. As you can see, he’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s also the best person on the face of the earth,” she gushed at the time.
Things between Paul and Amanda seemed to be going well as their relationship progressed. On February 24, they were spotted having a cute breakfast date together at an IHOP in Los Angeles. They seemed “so happy” and “very in love,” an eyewitness exclusively revealed to In Touch at the time. “They were sitting at the back of the restaurant having breakfast,” the onlooker added. “They ordered pancakes and he drank chocolate milk. They were laughing and having fun together.”
But it seems like Paul and Amanda’s relationship fizzled out before they could make it down the aisle — and before they could overcome the obstacle that is Amanda’s conservatorship. The Amanda Show alum has been under the control of a conservatorship since 2014 after she had a public meltdown and was placed under a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold. Since Amanda’s mother, Lynn Bynes, is her conservator, that means Amanda would not be allowed to make any major life decisions, like marriage, without the approval of her mom.
Amanda Bynes‘ mom and conservator, Lynn Bynes, believes her daughter isn’t able to make choices regarding her well-being, despite the former Nickelodeon star speaking out about changing her conservatorship.
“Amanda’s mother doesn’t have any issue with her daughter requesting a hearing regarding the conservatorship,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “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.”
The What a Girl Wants star, 33, who has remained under her mother’s conservatorship since 2014 following a public meltdown and 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold, spoke out publicly for the first time regarding her “controversial” case on Saturday, February 22.
“I have been going to a treatment center that charges $5,200 a month,” Bynes said in a video posted via Instagram. “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 added, “I’m sorry that this is what I’m dealing with and I’m sorry to put my problems on 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. Appreciate your love and support.”
One week earlier, Bynes announced her engagement to “tha love of my life,” Paul Michael, via Instagram on Valentine’s Day. Hours later, the She’s the Man star went Instagram official with Michael in two selfies.
On Thursday, February 20, Bynes posted a video with her “drop-dead gorgeous” fiancé and apologized for calling celebrities ugly on Twitter in 2013, claiming she was “so drugged out” at the time. She added that the pair have maintained their sobriety.
“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,” Bynes said. “I feel like I got what’s mine, and that is Paul.”
Although Bynes is engaged, the decision of whether she can wed will be her mother’s.
“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,’” Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, told Us on Wednesday, February 19.
A source told Us in March 2019 that Bynes checked into rehab two months earlier due to a “setback which was the result of feeling pressure of being back in the spotlight after her [November 2018] Paper magazine cover,” where the actress detailed her struggles with mental health and substance abuse.
The Amanda Show alum checked out of the facility in December 2019, six months after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
Amanda Bynes’ engagement ring is an Amazon bargain … and her family is going to block her from tying the knot.
Sources close to the family tell TMZ … Amanda will never legally marry her fiancee, Paul Michael, because her mother holds the keys to marriage and she doesn’t approve of her daughter’s engagement.
Amanda’s mother is her conservator, and we’re told Amanda cannot get married without her conservator’s consent. Our sources say the family feels it’s not in her best interest to be married — they haven’t met Paul — so a wedding ain’t happening.
As for the engagement ring … our sources say Paul bought it off Amazon for $49, and Amanda is telling those around her the ring is NOT a real diamond and she’s fine with a fake.
As you know … Amanda met Paul in AA and they’ve only been dating for a few months. She introduced him to her fans on social media by calling him “drop-dead gorgeous” and the “best person on the face of the Earth.” She also says they’ve both been sober for over a year.
Our sources say her family believes Paul doesn’t have a job. Amanda had a boyfriend right before him, and we’re told her family thinks he might be a rebound.
Amanda Bynes’ most recent headlines have revolved around her ongoing struggles with mental health, but she almost made the news for a happier reason, a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.
The actress, 33, “was in talks” to compete on the current season of Dancing With the Stars, but it “didn’t pan out,” says the insider.
Another source adds, “Doing [the show] just wasn’t what she envisioned for her future.” Instead, “she’s taking things one day at a time.”
The star recently stepped back into the spotlight by joining Instagram on September 10. Bynes shared the news with her followers on Twitter. She tweeted a message that was accompanied by a mirror selfie, where she flaunted her bright pink hair and flashed a nose ring.
“Hey guys! I’m on Instagram now,” she wrote. “Check me out.”
The former Nickelodeon actress left rehab earlier this year, a source exclusively revealed to Us. “She left treatment in June and is currently living at a sober living facility.”
Amanda Bynes is currently staying in a group home designed to focus on “sober living” after going through a recent relapse.
Sources close to the actress tell The Blast, Amanda is “not doing well” and her family and doctors felt the best place for her at this point, is in a group home focusing on sober living.
The move, followed a recent relapse in January, where Amanda checked into an L.A. rehab facility.
It was reported at the time, the pressure of being back in the public eye, and auditioning in Hollywood again … was “too much, too soon” for Amanda. She received treatment for drug addiction and mental health issues.
Amanda, please! Kel Mitchell revealed Amanda Bynes is welcome to make a guest appearance on the upcoming All That reboot.
When Us Weekly caught up with Mitchell, the comedic actor detailed what fans can expect with Nickelodeon’s upcoming revival. Naturally, fans have been wondering which former stars may return, including the What I Like About You alum. The Good Burger alum even expressed his interest in seeing Bynes return to the small screen.
“Yes, yes. That’s going to happen. I mean, I hope it happens. You know what I mean?” Mitchell, 40, exclusively told Us. “I want everybody to come through. You know what I mean? I think she would do a great job, you know?”
Us previously spoke with Mitchell’s Keenan & Kel costar, Keenan Thompson, in April about the possibility of Bynes, 33, returning to her roots. Like his pal, the Saturday Night Live star shared his excitement over a potential cameo from the Easy A actress.
“I would love [for Amanda Bynes to make a cameo],” Thompson, 40, told Us at the finale event for Ultimate Comedy Experience — Road to NYC in New York City. “We would all love it, of course, but it would be up to her.”
Now a college graduate, Amanda Bynes is “working on herself” amid her recovery and a new rehab stint.
The 33-year-old Hairspray and Easy A actress had checked into a facility in January after a “relapse” and had sought treatment from mental health professionals and addiction counselors for drug addiction and mental health issues, multiple outlets reported in March.
“Amanda is doing great, working on herself, and taking some well-deserved time off to focus on her wellbeing after graduating FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising] in December,” Bynes’ family’s attorney, Tamar Arminak, said in a statement to E! News.
“She’s spending time reading and exercising, sketching for her new line and mostly making sure this time around she puts her needs first,” the lawyer added.
The actress had enrolled at FIDM, a for-profit California college, in early 2014, weeks after she left a treatment facility and months after she was placed on an involuntary 5150 psychiatric hold in her hometown of Thousand Oaks following legal and personal turmoil and a slew of disturbing tweets, which had prompted a judge to place her under the custody of her parents.
In fall 2014, Bynes was arrested on suspicion of DUI, a case that was later dismissed, and later again sought help at a treatment facility and remained there for a month. She tweeted that she had been diagnosed as bipolar and manic depressive.
She returned to FIDM a year later. A source close to Bynes told E! News in March 2018 that the actress was on track to graduate the following fall. Bynes told Paper magazine in a November 2018 interview that she would receive her Associate’s of Art degree in Merchandise Product Development that month before embarking on a Bachelor’s degree in January—the month she entered treatment again. She told the outlet that she had been sober for almost four years, with the help of her parents.
“My advice to anyone who is struggling with substance abuse would be to be really careful because drugs can really take a hold of your life,” she told Paper. “Everybody is different, obviously, but for me, the mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain. It really made me a completely different person. I actually am a nice person. I would never feel, say or do any of the things that I did and said to the people I hurt on Twitter.”
Meanwhile, amid her recovery and her continuing education, the actress appears to be pursuing other interests outside of the acting world; In October, she filed to trademark the phrase “Vintage by Amanda Bynes” for use on clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, furniture, and household containers.