15 Craziest Amanda Bynes Moments: A Timeline and Analysis Gina Vaynshteyn

Amanda Bynes, the child star least likely to succumb to a dark, downward spiral, has been slowly disintegrating, much to our dismay, horror and (unfortunately) morbid curiosity. We’ve been watching Amanda Bynes self-destruct like a car crash happening in slow motion, over and over again. What exactly happened? Did Amanda crumble under the pressures of Hollywood? Did she lose herself among crowds of evil-doers? Did someone just inject her with crazy one night? Is this all a publicity stunt craftily designed in order to revitalize her career?

Mara Wilson (most famously known for her role as Matilda in Matilda) recently wrote this amazing and poignant explanation as to why child stars can end up going insane. She states that “not many child starts make it out of Hollywood alive or sane, and at any given time there are at least three former ones having very public breakdowns.” She goes on to explain that in so many instances, parents either have complete control of children who have no desire to act, or no control at all. Child stars are sometimes subjected to sexual abuse and are exploited by Hollywood and other evil people. Child stars are so used to the attention given when they are adorable that the minute they hit puberty, Hollywood essentially ostracizes them, making them feel five times uglier and more awkward than the normal pre-teen. They are treated as products and once the product becomes outdated, then they are discarded and traded in a for a newer model, like an iPhone. Basically, child stars are destined for failure. Look at Macaulay Culkin. Michael Jackson. Lindsay Lohan. Some have made it out alive and even succeed after a few rough patches (Drew Barrymore) but a lot turned to drugs, became social recluses and lashed out in crazy ways.

Amanda Bynes, as normal as she originally seemed, fits the stereotype. She started acting at a really young age and then hit a plateau. She probably lost a lot of attention, so she started rebelling in her own way and maybe experiencing things she couldn’t before. She never had a real education, so her options to do anything else were limited; she was suddenly given a lot of freedom and the combination of freedom and money is totally dangerous. In approximately one year, Bynes managed to go from beloved former child/teen actress to fizzled out mess.

Let’s start from the beginning phases of crazy and go from there.

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15. Amanda gets her first DUI

Some time in April of 2012, Amanda sideswiped a car and got charged with a DUI.

The first of many super uncharacteristic maneuvers, Amanda shocked her fan base and even her co-workers. A source stated, “This DUI was definitely just a serious lapse in judgement. She hit a wall personally and professionally [in 2008]….I think she’s been a little lost since then.” (People).

Four days after the DUI, Amanda went out driving again and allegedly rear-ended someone on the 101 and drove away. A few months later, she was accused of two more hit and runs. 

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14. Amanda tweets to President Barack Obama

Because the president of our country has nothing else better to do than dig a former child star out of some legal woes.

Bynes tweeted: Hey @BarackObama…I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.

Needless to say, I don’t think she got a re-tweet from the prez.

13. Amanda gets caught smoking pot in her car on a suspended license

By this point we understood Amanda needed to a) go back to driving school, and b) lay off the booze before driving home. But we didn’t actually think Bynes smoked pot and “drove around aimlessly for hours,” which is what she was witnessed doing. Inside her car, the paparazzi found carelessly strewn about marijuana, old food, wrappers and trash, as though she had been living out of her car.

12. Girl gets weird at the gym

Apparently halfway through a spin class, Amanda’s trainer had to kick her out because she was acting bizarrely. And by bizarre, I mean jumping off her bike and walking around in circles, taking her shirt off to reveal a lacy bra instead of a functional sports bra and re-applying makeup in front of a mirror. It was around this time that she was frequently spotted holding up conversations with herself. 

11. Amanda hangs out in a dressing room for two hours

Amanda went shopping at a boutique, grabbed some clothes and tried them on for a couple of hours. She literally shuffled around in the dressing room for 1.5 hours until a sales associate had to call someone and ask for help because she wasn’t sure if Amanda was OD’ing or what. A half hour after that, she emerged, bought some clothes, forgot she had the store’s bikini on and had to pay for that, too.

10. Her management team drops her

The former actress, at this point, is decidedly a lost cause, and is abandoned by her agent, publicist, and entertainment lawyer. But all is seemingly hunky dory to Amanda, because she made a statement saying, “I am doing amazing… I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line. I am not talking about being arrested for DUI because I don’t drink, and I don’t drink and drive. It is all false.” So begins the denial.

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9. Amanda reveals the New Amanda via Twitter

By now, this photo is legend; it features Amanda Bynes in a MAC ad gone awry. Seemingly, Amanda’s natural locks are gone and replaced with a curly wig, her cheeks are pierced, and the girl’s got some snow-gear chic look going on. The old Amanda is dead and gone and replaced by a heavily painted woman who clearly got some pro-tips from Snooki.

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8.  Amanda starts walking around New York dressed in sweatpants and a blanket covering her head 

I’m obviously not a celebrity, but I’m pretty positive there are other ways to step out into the world without drawing attention. And that is not either a) covering your head with a blanket, which I hope you can at least see through, or b) wearing sweatpants, socks and sandals in public. I am all for comfort, but it looked like Amanda hadn’t seen daylight in a week.

7. Homegirl tweets about Drake fantasies and eating disorder

Amanda’s confession that she wants Drake to “murder” her vagina is pretty creepy, but the fact that she frequently mentions her weight, eating disorder and now nose job is just scary. Amanda started posting blurred selfies in bathrooms that look like public restrooms, claiming that she needed to lose twenty more pounds. She also chastised magazines for posting “ugly” pictures of her old self.

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6.  Amanda posts a bizarre video of her getting ready to “go out”

Except she’s just holding her iPhone up to the mirror as she winks at herself, nods to her reflection to the beat of some electro, and puckers her lips. What. Is. Going. On. See the full clip here.

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5. Amanda discovers the re-tweet button

Not knowing that most of her Twitter followers find her self-destruction hilarious, Amanda went nuts and started re-posting tweets by alleged fans who Photoshopped her face into pictures of dogs or with Drake. This is really sad because the girl does not realize these people are taunting her and encouraging her maddening behavior.

4. Amanda takes topless pictures of herself

To top off the strange photos of her in blue lipstick and disheveled blonde wig, Amanda posted a few topless pictures where she is only wearing ripped tights and posing in her desolate bathroom. Her racy photo captions say things like: “About to put on Makeup! I weigh 135, I’ve gained weight! I need to be 100 lbs!”

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3. Amanda apparently throws a bong out the window and gets arrested

Last week, Amanda supposedly threw her glass bong out of her 36th floor apartment in New York because someone called the cops on her. She got arrested for reckless endangerment and was put in a mental hospital; although a lot of people were relieved, this was a short-lived intervention. No one could prove Bynes actually threw anything out the window, bong or not, nor do they have any evidence of her being on drugs. However, she made a dazzling appearance in court.

2. Angry Amanda Bashes Rihanna and a few others

I’m not sure what Amanda does with her day when she’s not threatening to sue magazines or calling celebrities ugly, and I don’t want to know. A week ago though, Amanda went over the top and said some terrible, unwarranted things about Rihanna. She tweeted:

“Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough. No one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother.”

Rihanna brushed it off with: “Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?”

Later, Amanda deleted her tweets and claimed this was “mocked up,” she and Rihanna are good friends, and that she’ll probably be in one of her music videos soon.

A couple days after that, Bynes goes on to insult model Chrissy Teigan and Lance Bass, calling them “ugly” because they offered some help via Twitter. Which apparently is the only way to reach her these days. 

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1. Even Courtney Love is at a loss. COURTNEY LOVE.

When Courtney Love is flabbergasted by someone’s behavior, you know it’s serious. A few days ago, Courtney tweeted “pull it together dude” to Amanda, and of course Amanda Bynes fired back with her “ugly” shtick, to which Courtney replied:  “Then there’s this whole thing about…Disney kids [Bynes is technically a Nickelodeon kid, but okay]-they’re not educated, look at how she she writes. I’m not educated either, but at least I’m autodidactic. At lease I try to read Flaubert, do you know what I mean?…….And they have no parental infrastructure, and after they’re not nubile anymore or useful they’re sort of waylaid…”

This ties back with Mara Wilson’s insight on child stars. Their parents pushed them. Hollywood created them. Hollywood destroyed them. And it’s really, really sad.

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  1. feel like no one is reaching out to her. she needs some serious support and a HUGE intervention. what is she doing with her life?!

  2. Not an article I would personally expect to read on HelloGiggles. Sort of expected a different slant to how this is reported on sites such as Buzzfeed and TMZ. Felt like a bit of a “Haha look at all the crazy stuff this girl has done.”, rather than an awareness article. Just my opinion!

    It really is sad though. Where is her support network and why is she being enabled to break down so publicly, through such a media circus. I understand she is putting a lot of this out there herself through Twitter, but I feel that in a media age where information is so freely available, people should maybe be a little more educated? Whether it be a mental health issue caused by an organic cause or through addiction, it’s so clear this is a young woman in turmoil. It’s just so sad, and disturbing to watch.

  3. This sounds a lot like Asperger Syndrome. Its a form of Autism that can change in severity as kids age to adulthood. I’m not an expert, but I do know that she has something wrong with her to act like that. And to answer about where her family and support system is, they are probably the ones who pushed her into Hollywood and messed her up in the first place. She needs to learn what real friendship and caring is. Not superficial money grubbing.

    • I don’t mean to shoot down your idea, but I have grown up with a family member who has Asperger’s and from what has been exposed on the internet about Bynes, I strongly believe she is not on the Autism spectrum. I just worry that people will connect her odd and extreme behavior, to Asperger’s if comments like this start. I just want people to be careful with diagnosing her (or any other person), because there is always the potential that people actually diagnosed with Autism, or something else, will take offense, have others think they know how they will act, or think they know what people have to deal with. We do not need more people in the world targeting people on the Autism spectrum as crazy or weird, and I think by making that connection with Bynes, this is bound to happen. If it does turn out she is Autistic, well then I hope she gets the help she needs, but before then take caution in diagnosing based on what has been posted to Twitter.

  4. As a big fan of Amanda Bynes over the 2000′s, it is sad to see what has happened over the last year. Really hope she finds some clarity and the help she needs.

  5. That “I See Right Through to You” video is seriously f@!*ed! That was the weirdest thing I’ve seen in a while.

  6. Amanda needs more than a hug. No one is faulting her. She just needs some help right now.

    • I know. I feel like probably all her “friends” were superficial back stabbers and so she has no idea how to “connect” with people that actually WOULD want to connect with her..She would surely have to get past THAT if she were to cease spiraling out of control. :(

  7. …Did I click on a Buzzfeed link by mistake?

  8. I agree with Kassie. Seriously, this sounds like she is suffering from some sort of psychosis, although I’d say it sounds a lot more like bipolar disorder. She needs serious help. :(

    • OR from some sort of serious drug abuse. They can have identical symptoms… Eventually, though, if you abuse enough drugs and manage to stop when day– you end up being psychotic, anyhow! :(

  9. Here’s my major question- where are her parents/relatives/support structure?? Does anyone have any information on the people in her life that should be trying to help?

  10. If I had to guess, I would say her actions kind of sound like someone suffering from Schizophrenia. Perhaps she used to take meds for it and has stopped taking them which could result in this bizarre behavior. I’m no dr, but it’s just what it sounds like to me.

  11. Part of me feels like this is one big a$$ Andy Kaufman style joke.

  12. Whoa. I think this article is really disappointing, and not something I expect from Hello Giggles. First of all, labelling someone who clearly suffers from mental illness as ‘crazy’ is derogatory. To me, it is similar to calling a homosexual a ‘faggot’. Also, documenting her ‘crazy’ episodes in an entertaining, convenient timeline so we can analyze her strange behaviour is really sad.

    I think it’s clear really sick, and she is so sick she has no insight that she is ill. It’s interesting how our society treats mental illness. For some reason, we do not blame a person with diabetes or cancer for their symptoms. But if a celebrity has mental illness we will blame them for their behaviour even when it is often outside of their control.

    I think Hello Giggles should stop publishing these articles about Amanda Bynes and should leave her alone. She really needs the world to stop hungrily obsessing over her downfall and she obviously needs to get some help. It is interesting how this article says Hollywood destroys these stars. Instead it is US that destroys these stars: our fascination with celebrities, our desire to see them fail, and articles like these.

    • I do agree that that TONE the article took sounded like something that would be in a magazine as low-brow as Cosmo. Hello Giggles tends to be fun and/or intellectual. Am I wrong?

    • To your comment about Amanda Bynes being called “crazy”, the article does not state that Amanda Bynes is crazy, but that her actions are unusual behavior. The author never stated that she (Bynes) was crazy. She used crazy as a form of an adjective to describe the word moment, not Amanda.

    • I agree with you Laura. I’ve recently come to HelloGiggles, and I appreciate that this site is a positive online culture for women and I agree that this isn’t a positive article. I recently saw an interview with Zooey Deschanel where she talks about if you go to certain places on the internet, you’re bound to find negative press about celebrities, she posted this site as someplace one could go that is positive.

    • Let me start off with saying I love when you said “I think it’s clear really sick, and she is so sick she has no insight that she is ill. It’s interesting how our society treats mental illness. For some reason, we do not blame a person with diabetes or cancer for their symptoms. But if a celebrity has mental illness we will blame them for their behaviour even when it is often outside of their control.”
      Because you’re absolutely right.

      That said, Hellogiggles was nice enough to let me write an article about my downward spiral of mental illness a while back in reference to school shootings which is why I wanted to comment on this article in how I don’t find it offensive. Although I’d usually agree with your comment on not calling someone mentally ill “crazy” I think Bynes’s actions recently are certainly that…crazy. And it’s funny to me that every time someone acts crazy in our society we throw in the mental illness card. There needs to be more awareness and better forms of care no doubt. BUT From experience with suffering from Bipolar Disorder (I don’t really like to use the words suffering… but sometimes I can’t control how I react to things and that is because of my disorder, but I know that from therapy and know what to do if that happens) it isn’t an excuse to cut yourself off from the world and call everyone “ugly” and ask Drake to murder your Vagina or ruin your entire life. The line between crazy and sane is very thin and sometimes those who aren’t diagnosed cross that very thin line… trust me. It’s why everyone needs a great therapist like they do a primary care doctor, in my opinion but people are TOO Afraid to talk about their problems and blame it on everyone else and how they need to be politically correct. I certainly empathize with Amanda Bynes as I went pretty crazy until I decided to get treatment but don’t excuse her just because she may or may no have a mental illness. That’s no way to move forward.

    • She doesn’t have a mental illness, she has a drug and alcohol problem.

      • Then maybe you should check out the DSM IV cause alcohol and drug addiction are listed as mental illnesses.. Yikes…maybe you shouldn’t bash when you don’t really know what you’re talking about.

      • Drug/alcohol addiction is illness, Elisha. Drugs alter your brains ability to function dramatically. The addiction is both mental and physical (and in many cases, emotional). I am a little sad that HelloGiggles published this article which is basically just hating on some poor soul who needs help.

        • Agreed! If I called any of my patients by any of these terms that are being thrown around (crazy, nuts, weird, bizarre) I would be fired and possibly have my license taken away. This is shameful. Hello Giggles, you’re kind of using your sight like a huge Mean Girls Burn Book. Leave the trash for the tabloids to write about. Keep it classy please.

          • Well if you are a therapist, you shouldnt use those words with patients anyway. But the truth hurts…she is acting crazy and needs to realize she needs help. People are really in control of their own fate in how they deal with things. Look at Catherine Zeta Jones and Demi Lavato. Two bipolar women who got help and continue treatment. Being mentally ill is not an excuse even though it does get worse. But we shouldnt treat anyone like à victim.