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This week, Amanda Bynes broke the internet in an entoirely wholesome way thanks to a cover shoot and interview with Paper magazine. 

The 00s film icon and teen sensation marked her return to the public eye with an interview that perfectly expressed her contentment with her life now, without the drug use that led to her memorable Twitter 'break down' in 2013.

As well as offering fans hours of entertainment during her career, through Tv shows like All That and The Amanda Show, the young actress also brought to our screens an iconic heart throb we still love today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking to Paper, Amanda revealed that she really wanted Channing Tatum to star in She's The Man, alongside her over a decade ago, knowing that he would be perfect for the role. 

Revealing that she basically launched Tatum’s career, she said: 'I totally fought for Channing [to get cast in] that movie because he wasn't famous yet.'

'He'd just done a Mountain Dew commercial and I was like, 'This guy's a star—every girl will love him!'

'But [the producers] were like, 'He's so much older than all of you!' And I was like, 'It doesn't matter! Trust me!'"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Channing Tatum just responded to the revelation, in a chat with Entertainment Tonight.

He said: I love her'

'I guess she sort of told me [that she fought to get me in the movie]…I love her and I just hope she's doing well.'

We all hope that Amanda is doing well – and from the amazing accomplishments she has made in the past few years, it's safe to say she truly is.

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She was the child star who successfully broke into more adult acting roles.

We loved watching her after school on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show, adored her as kooky Penny in Hairspray and She's The Man was our sleepover go-to as teenagers.

And then, just as quick as she became our on-screen BFF, she seemed to go down the typical child-star spiral. 

However, the 32-year-old has made her triumphant return – and she is breaking the Internet. 

The actor is currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.

She has been enrolled there since 2014 and is getting her Associate's of Art degree in Merchandise Product Development this month before starting a Bachelor's degree in January. 

But hold on – acting is still her first passion –  phew. 

Acting has been her whole life; she had an agent by the age of seven, went on to a "SNL-with-tweens"-esque sketch show on Nick and then, of course, she had her own show.

She says that "It was a dream come true. It was unbelievable for me."

After three seasons, it was time for Amanda to break into movies – and that she did. Remember her, aged 15, alongside Frankie Muniz in Big Fat Liar?

And What I Like About You on the WB, opposite Jennie Garth, playing two sisters living in New York City.

But then came 2007.

Blame paparazzi culture, snapping young stars as they fell out of nightclubs – not that Amanda liked going out that much, or alcohol for that matter. 

But, she says, "I started smoking marijuana when I was 16. Even though everyone thought I was the 'good girl,' I did smoke marijuana from that point on. I wasn't going out and partying or making a fool of myself… yet."

It was after making Easy A, her last movie, that thing started to spiral. 

She says candidly, ''I literally couldn't stand my appearance in that movie and I didn't like my performance. I was absolutely convinced I needed to stop acting after seeing it."

She continues, "I was high on marijuana when I saw that but for some reason, it really started to affect me. I don't know if it was a drug-induced psychosis or what, but it affected my brain in a different way than it affects other people."

So she retired on Twitter and sank into a dark existence with a seedy crowd. 

Now sober for four years, her advice to anyone struggling with substance abuse is ''to be really careful because drugs can really take a hold of your life. The mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain. It really made me a completely different person. I actually am a nice person. I would never feel, say or do any of the things that I did and said to the people I hurt on Twitter."

Thankfully she is looking super healthy and says, "I have no fear of the 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."

Everyone, get ready for the second act of Amanda Bynes-  we have a feeling it's gonna be a great one. 

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Having grown up as the star of her very own self-titled Nickelodeon show, Amanda Bynes is no stranger to the spotlight. 

Her successful television career opened doors to the movie industry with the actress starring in a number of teen rom-coms in the early 2000's including She's the Man and Easy A

Now 31, the star's acting career was put on hold in 2010 after her return to education was followed by a string of mental health issues. 

But now the actress is reportedly back in a good place and is even planning to return to the screen (big or small) in 2018. 

In a statement released to Page Six, Amanda's lawyer said: “Amanda is looking forward to ringing in the new year with her close friends this year. In 2018, she looks forward to completing fashion school and dipping her toe back into acting. She has had several offers but is waiting for the right one to come along for a comeback.”

This isn't the first time Amanda has hinted at a return to acting. Earlier this year, the star gave her first interview in over four years and revealed her desire to get back in the game. 

"I do miss acting, and I have something surprising to tell you: I want to do TV," she said.

"Maybe a few guest spots on some shows that I'm a fan of and maybe another TV show where I'm the star of it, in the future. That's what I hope."

The Amanda Show 2.0, anyone? 

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Amanda Bynes has made her social media return.

The former actress has been offline for six months now, but last night took to Twitter to keep her fans updated on what she's been doing.

Amanda is currently studying fashion in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in LA, and it seems like it's going really well for her.

However, while sharing what she was up to last night, she also went on a tiny rant about an imposter trying to pose as her on social media.

It's good to see she's doing well!

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From Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie to Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon we thought that we had a pretty decent knowledge on celebrity friendships.

It can be difficult to stay up to date on who exactly is singing about which ex-girlfriend but generally social media keeps us all in the loop – looking at you, Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna.

However, these photos prove as a reminder that in a time before Twitter and Instagram, the most random of celeb friendships took place. We feel like they needed to be brought to your attention. So enjoy this delightful trip down A-list memory lane.

1. 50 Cent and Bette Midler 

Can they please do a duet?

 

2. Will Smith and Marilyn Manson 

It happened.

 

3. Mary J. Blige, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Missy Elliott and Christina Aguilera 

We also need to talk about Angie’s outfit.

 

4. Hilary Duff, Lil Jon and Jason Biggs 

There has never been a better time to ask… 'turn down for what?'

 

5. Louis Tomlinson, Courtney Love and that guy from The Walking Dead who may or may not be dead (Norman Reedus). 

 

6. Mike Tyson, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, SJP, Tara Reid and Lady Gaga 

The celebrity gods smiled down on us all on this special day.

 

7. Amanda Bynes and Rihanna 

Who appear to have gone to the debs together?

 

8. J-Law and Kris Jenner 

This one's fairly recent – more proof that Kris Jenner continues to take over the world.

9. Beyoncé and Blake Lively 

They apparently even had a secret handshake.

 

10. Helen Mirren and Russell Brand 

We’re sure they have a lot in common.

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Amanda Bynes has finally made a return to Twitter following a four month hiatus since March. 

The former child star really got fans worrying about her health and well-being over the passed few months.

But people's worries are now eased as she posted a snap of herself and a pal in which she looks happy and healthy with extremely blonde hair and long extensions

Amanda looks as if she's back to her best now as she posed with fashion designer Michael Costello saying "me and the fabulous Michael Costello (I'm wearing one of his beautiful gowns) at the SOAR Los Angeles Gala!"

She wore a black dress standing next to the designer and he also posted a photo to his Instagram account with the She's the man actress. 

It is reported that Amanda is doing great after she had been treated in a psychiatric facility in 2014. She was in the facility following a DUI charge she received two years earlier. 

At the time, Amanda tweeted saying "I was diagnosed bi-polar depressive so I'm on medication and I'm seeing my psychologist and psyhciatrist weekly so I'm fine :D"

Thankfully, according to reports she is on the mend. 

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Two months ago she was spotted at a West Hollywood eatery with her life coach… and now Amanda Bynes has emerged once again.

And while back in May she certainly appeared noticeably happier and healthier – yesterday, the 29-year-old actress positively shone at an LA fashion event.

Wearing a tight white lace dress, she completed her outfit with leather stilettos and a small leather shoulder bag. She also had on oversized sunglasses and her trademark long, blonde wig.

Ms Bynes was attending the launch party for Project Runway star's Michael Costello's capsule range in Los Angeles – seemingly the first bash she’s been a guest at since her much-publicised breakdown and mental-health issues.

Also attending the same soiree were former Danity Kane members Shannon Bex and Abrey O'Day, as well as singer Nicole Scherzinger.

Earlier this year, a spokesperson for the star said: "Amanda is doing great. She appreciates all of the love and support she receives from family, friends and fans."

Legal representatives for her parents, Lynn and Rick, also said at the same time: "She is doing great, working on her fashion design and staying focused on living a balanced and healthy life."

It has been furthermore reported that Ms Bynes has made sufficient health improvements to move out of her parents’ home and into her own apartment.

It is believed that Amanda’s relationship with her mum and dad, which at times has been hugely strained, has also improved significantly since late last year.

As recently as last October, the star was being treated in a psychiatric facility.

In 2012, she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and two years ago she was involuntarily hospitalised because of her erratic behaviour.

Two sets of hit and run charges against her were dismissed when she made financial settlements out of court.

She has also been caught shoplifting and in a series of worrying tweets, she made several incredible accusations – including that she had been sexually abused by her father.

It was a comment she later retracted, saying that a "microchip made her say it".

The former Nickelodeon star remains under the temporary conservatorship of her parents. 

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Her personal struggles have been well-documented in recent years – but witnesses say Amanda Bynes was looking better as she made a rare public appearance in Los Angeles this week.

She was spotted yesterday in Craig’s, a seriously hip steakhouse in West Hollywood which is a favourite of celebrities – as well as the paparazzi.

​She was wearing a pair of giant sunglasses and an oversized grey jumper. Notably, the 29-year-old still sported her bright blonde hair, worn in a long, straight style, and she had bejewelled acrylic nails. 

She was also accompanied by her life coach, a woman who has been helping her get back on track.

Amanda hasn't been seen in public since November.

It is thought that the former child-star, who has battled mental health issues and had been exhibiting worrying behaviour, is now in a much better place.

One eye-witness said that Amanda yesterday seemed quiet and reflective during her time at Craig’s. She and her life coach left together.

"Amanda is doing great. She appreciates all of the love and support she receives from family, friends and fans," her spokesperson told PEOPLE in response to the sighting.

Legal representatives for her parents, Lynn and Rick, also told the same website: "She is doing great, working on her fashion design and staying focused on living a balanced and healthy life."

It has been reported that Ms Bynes has made sufficient improvements to move out of her parents’ home and into her own apartment.

It is believed that Amanda’s relationship with her mum and dad, which at times has been hugely strained, has also improved significantly since late last year.

As recently as last October, the star was being treated in a psychiatric facility.

In 2012, she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and two years ago she was involuntarily hospitalised because of her erratic behaviour.

Two sets of hit and run charges against her were dismissed when she made financial settlements out of court.

She has also been caught shoplifting and in a series of worrying tweets, she made several incredible accusations – including that she had been sexually abused by her father.

It was a comment she later retracted, saying that a "microchip made her say it".

The former Nickelodeon star remains under the temporary conservatorship of her parents. A court hearing later this month will assess her current condition.

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We are well aware that things are not good for Amanda Bynes right now, but this latest news just took things to a whole other level.

In an audio recording allegedly featuring Amanda, recorded by her friend, the actress talks about wanting to kill her parents and making death threats against them.

In the audio, which was released exclusively to TMZ, Amanda is overheard saying: “If your father was my father….then you would understand why you’d want to slit his wrists.”

Describing her father as ‘the worst person’, she goes on to say: “Nothing would give me greater pleasure than like, slitting his throat.”

In the shocking audio, she is also overheard talking about how she has previously threatened to burn her parents’ house down, and expressing her anger at the fact that they are in control of her money.

The audio was supposedly recorded in secret during a car journey last week, and was then released to US entertainment site TMZ.

We really, really hope there is some good news on the horizon for Amanda.

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Amanda Bynes has found herself in hot water again – and she's running out of people to turn to.

The former child star has cut off contact with her parents, after accusing them of trying to steal her money. Refusing to take cash from her family for a hotel, Amanda stayed with some friends in West Hollywood, but things didn't turn out too well.

One of the pals – believed to be the hairdresser who recently dyed the actress' hair violet – revealed that Amanda completely trashed the house she was staying in with three other girls.

The star reportedly left cigarette burns in the carpet and spilled blue hair dye on carpets and sinks.

The three girls also claim that Amanda was extremely difficult to live with, as her mood swung from sweet and happy one moment to angry and rude the next. It seems they were unaware Amanda had recently been diagnosed as bi-polar, something she openly spoke about on social media:

One of the renter's parents has contacted Amanda's family with a $1,500 claim for damages, but the Bynes say the three girls should have known what they were getting into. 

Surprisingly, the star has kept quiet on Twitter about the damage charges, so she mustn't be too bothered! Instead she has been speaking about her mysterious "fiancé" once again – a man she says is not her pal Caleb Pusey, but someone else entirely:

Will the drama ever stop?!

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We all remember the sky-blue wig Amanda Bynes wore to court last year, right?

Well, it looks like she was in the mood for an equally dramatic new look when she popped to the hairdressing salon last night.

The star, who has been causing quite the stir on Twitter in the past few weeks, took to the social media site to share her dramatic new hairdo with her followers.

Posting a photo of herself with bright violet locks, the 28-year-old wrote: “I dyed my hair violet. I’m not sure if I like it, and this is a blurry pic but here it is!”

We kind of love the colour, actually.

It’s also refreshing to see a tweet from the Hairspray star that isn’t referring to her hatred of her parents, or her money woes.

The actress hit the headlines once again this week after being spotted sleeping on a couch in a mall. She later took to Twitter to inform her followers that she couldn’t afford a hotel to stay in, as her parents still have control over her finances through their conservatorship.

What do you think of Amanda’s new look?

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Every visit to Amanda Bynes’ Twitter account leaves us sadder and sadder.

In the latest controversy surrounding the troubled star, she was photographed sleeping on a couch in a shopping mall amid her claims that she cannot afford a place to stay.

The 28-year-old took to Twitter to explain the situation, while simultaneously blasting her parents for holding conservatorship over her.

She tweeted: “I was not given money for a hotel so I have been staying with friends and I didn’t get enough sleep last night so I feel asleep on a couch…@ the Beverley Centre, and a paparazzi snuck in and took pictures of me FYI!”

The actress was back to bashing her parents as she continued: “I hate my parents for still not giving me money for a hotel…What is wrong with them?”

Amanda then vowed to fight with her legal team to regain control over her finances.

Meanwhile, reality star Heidi Montag has made a rather generous offer to Amanda, tweeting that she could stay in her place if she so wished.

“You are more than welcome to crash in our guest house in Santa Barbara if you need somewhere to stay! DM me!” wrote the former star of The Hills.

We wonder if Amanda will take her up on the offer?

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