The term “conservatorship” can be described as someone who has control over one’s actions or financial situations due to the person’s mental wellbeing or age restrictions.
Many people became more familiar with the term when Britney Spears was under a conservatorship with her father, James Spears, where he had control of her estate, money, and decisions. The conservatorship began in 2008 and ended in 2021.
The #FreeBritney movement began with the power of social media as well as Spear’s fanbase that helped her achieve her goal to be freed from her father’s overbearing power.
With the light on conservatorships, many became aware that Amanda Bynes was also under one. In 2013, Bynes’ mother, Lynn Bynes, became conservator after the She’s the Man and What A Girl Wants actress got involved in reckless behavior.
In an exclusive interview with PAPER magazine in 2018, Bynes discussed experimenting with drugs at a young age adding that she was in recovery. She also regretted what she tweeted about other celebrities—including those to Rihanna and Drake. In that time, Bynes announced that she had been sober for four years. She explained that she was excited for her future.
“I’ve been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it’s only up from here,” she said.
In February 2022, Bynes filed for her conservatorship to be terminated. Many fans began using the hashtags #FreeAmanda, #FreeBynes and #FreeAmandaBynes which helped put a spotlight on the case.
On March 22, Bynes has been freed from her 9-year conservatorship. In court, Bynes’ mother agreed that her time as conservator over her daughter has come to an end as she, and Bynes’ mental health professional, believe the star can continue making decisions for herself. Bynes’ lawyer, David A. Esquibias said, “For the most part, mom has allowed Amanda to live freely. She never wanted to be conserved, but she understood why.”
In a statement received by PEOPLE, Bynes spoke out for the first time via Esquibias, giving thanks to her loyal fans and family for their support over the years as she worked to better herself.
“In the last several years, I have been working hard to improve my health so that I can live and work independently, and I will continue to prioritize my well-being in this next chapter. I am excited about my upcoming endeavors—including my fragrance line—and look forward to sharing more when I can,” she wrote.
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