Amanda Bynes is pictured for the first time in SIX MONTHS on outing with fiancé Paul Michael… as friends of the actress say she’s in a ‘much healthier place’
Amanda Bynes is pictured out for the first time in six months, as sources close to the former actress say she’s ‘doing great right now’.
In photos obtained by Dailymail.com, the 34-year-old can be seen holding hands with fiancé Paul Michael, who she became engaged to on Valentine’s Day, during a stroll in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The retired actress looked content and showed off her engagement ring on the outing, following months of living a low key lifestyle at a sober living community.
Doing well: Amanda Bynes is pictured with fiance Paul Michael in Los Angeles on Thursday. The outing is the first time the actress has been seen pictured publicly since June
Amanda displayed her heart tattoo on her right cheek and showed off a stylish outfit consisting of plaid pants, a boxy black T-shirt and some pastel pointy pumps.
Her jet black locks sat sleek and straight just past her shoulders and she accessorized with a Chanel bag.
Paul, 29, opted for sporty sweatpants, a black long sleeve shirt and a bandanna scarf around his neck which he used as a face mask.
The new photos come as pals of the star say she’s in ‘a much healthier place’ and Paul has been a great influence on her. The She’s the Man actress has had treatment to learn to deal with her social anxiety.
By her side: Amanda displayed her heart tattoo on her right cheek and showed off a stylish outfit consisting of plaid pants, a boxy black T-shirt and some pastel pointy pumps
An insider told E! News: ‘She’s still with Paul, and he’s actually a great influence on her. He’s an advocate for her sobriety, and he’s just a really wonderful, nice person. She’s definitely been in a much healthier place.’
The actress – who is under the conservatorship of her parents – is said to be on ‘great terms’ with her mom and dad. And Amanda has been hard at work on getting her Bachelor’s Degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
The source added: ‘She’s on great terms with her parents right now, too.
‘Amanda and Paul don’t live together. They spend a lot of time together, but Amanda still does live in a sober living community. Overall Amanda is doing great right now.’
An insider told E! News : ‘She’s still with Paul, and he’s actually a great influence on her. He’s an advocate for her sobriety, and he’s just a really wonderful, nice person
Pretty in plaid: Amanda made a brief appearance on social media in October sharing this snap as she showed off her new look
In May, Amanda took to social media to share that she was ‘back on track’ and ‘doing well’.
She wrote: ‘Update: Getting my Bachelor’s degree from FIDM … Taking online classes, trying to get a 4.0 GPA :] … Looking forward to starting my online store in the future #goals … Spent the last two months in treatment.
‘Worked on coping skills to help with my social anxiety that caused me to drop out of school months ago. Back on track and doing well! I’m now living in transitional living and doing therapy during the week.
‘Still engaged to tha love of my life Paul … Hope you’re all staying safe! (sic)’
‘Amanda and Paul don’t live together. They spend a lot of time together, but Amanda still does live in a sober living community. Overall Amanda is doing great right now.’ a source told E! News
Back in March, it was revealed Amanda was receiving ‘mental health’ treatment, as her lawyer asked fans not to ‘speculate’ on her personal life while she focuses on ‘getting better’.
Amanda’s lawyer David Esquibias said at the time: ‘Any reports that Amanda is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction issues are completely false. We ask for privacy during this time, and for any speculation about her personal life from the public and the media to cease so Amanda can focus on getting better.’
Whilst Amanda – who has struggled with substance abuse in the past – is very loved up with Paul, she cannot legally get married without the permission of the judge in her conservatorship case.
Put a ring on it: The couple got engaged on Valentine’s Day after meeting at AA in late 2019