In a surprise move, Bynes announces on Twitter she's done with acting. "Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem," she Tweets. "I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I've #retired." Weeks later, the actress posts on Twitter, "I've unretired," adding a link to the trailer of her new film Easy A, costarring Emma Stone and Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley.
Days after her 26th birthday, Bynes collides with a police car and is arrested for driving under influence and booked at West Hollywood's Sheriff's Station. After her father claims his daughter "didn't have a single drink that night," Bynes is busted again in June. Three months later, the L.A. City Attorney's office charges the actress with two counts of hit-and-run related to separate incidents on April 10 and Aug. 4. If convicted, she faces up to a year in jail.
Bynes debuts a dramatic new look on Twitter: long curly locks, heavy makeup and cheek piercings. The photo accompanies a series of reflective thoughts, including, "Forgetting past memories," and "The best feelings are those that have no words to describe them......" In April, she takes it one step farther by shaving half her head.
Offiicers responding to a report of a disorderly person arrest Bynes for reckless endangerment at her Manhattan high-rise apartment after she throws a bong out of a window. The actress is also booked on charges of marijuana possession and tampering with evidence when she is processed at the police station, which comes following a psychiatric evaluation at Roosevelt Hospital.
With a court date looming on Aug. 26, Bynes is hospitalized on an involuntary psychiatric hold for 72 hours after being found near a small fire that was started on the driveway of a Thousand Oaks, Calif., home. "If someone is having a behavioral issue and they can't care for themselves, then we step in and we try to give them assistance they need to get them going in the right direction," says Ventura County Sheriff's Captain Don Aguilar.
Bynes's psychiatric hold is extended to 30 days, with her mother eventually gaining legal control over the actress. She is later moved from a psychiatric hospital to a rehab center, where she undergoes inpatient treatment until December. "Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing," says a statement from lawyer Tamar Arminak. "She's very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared."
After completing inpatient treatment, Bynes is released into the care of her parents. "Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing," lawyer Tamar Arminak says in a statement. "She's very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared."
Bynes goes without any public incidents since her release – she even gets her driver's license back. She's currently attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, studying to become a fashion designer.
After showing signs of improvement earlier in the year, Bynes is admitted to a Los Angeles treatment center, placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, after displays of erratic behavior and bizarre Tweets focused on her parents. "They're happy she's safe and that Amanda is finally getting some help," a source tells PEOPLE of Lynn and Rick Bynes.
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