Amanda Bynes's road to recovery will continue in the comfort of her parents' Los Angeles home.
The 27-year-old former actress has concluded her treatment at a Malibu, California, facility, and is now living with her mother and father for the next phase of her recovery process. Bynes was photographed walking with her parents, Rick and Lynn, in California on Thursday. She wore a sweater with "Gang$ter Love" written on it and covered her short hair with a baseball cap.
"Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day," the family's lawyer Tamar Arminak told People magazine in a statement. "Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing. She's very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared."
As for what the "Hairspray" star's future holds professionally, she will pursue fashion, which is something she's been talking about for several years since she announced she was quitting acting. The L.A. native is looking at colleges in hopes of majoring in fashion design and eventually starting a clothing line.
"Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who's contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda's recovery," the statement said.
The Nickelodeon alum was involuntarily placed in a psychiatric hospital in July after using gasoline to set a fire in the driveway of a stranger's home in her parents' L.A. suburb. When police found her, she was wearing a blond wig, white shirt, black sweat pants, and had a backpack holding her pet Chihuahua, which had been soaked with gas during the incident.
After spending two months in UCLA Medical Center's mental-health facility, during which time she was put under a conservatorship controlled by her mother, she moved to a treatment center in Malibu in late September. At the posh facility, she was able to stroll the 120-acre property, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and ride horses.
Amanda started to spiral out of control a year before the fire incident, beginning with a DUI arrest in April 2012 followed by two hit-and-runs. She then moved to New York City, where she was arrested on drug charges for allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36-floor window. She documented all of her personal drama on Twitter, where her bizarre rants and posts often made headlines.
As Amanda now continues to get better, her lawyer said that her mother, Lynn Bynes, will remain as her conservator, overseeing her finances, much of which she drained over the last year, as well as all decisions pertaining to her health.
(Originally published on Dec. 5, 2013, at 5:15 a.m. PT)
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