amanda bynes' conservatorship ends, announces her next steps

Amanda Bynes’ Conservatorship Ends, Announces Her Next Steps

After a judge ruled that her nine-year-long conservatorship has been terminated, Amanda Bynes is sharing her plans with the world.

Her lawyer David A. Esquibias said in a statement shared exclusively with PEOPLE how Bynes expressed her gratitude for her newfound freedom.

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“Following today’s decision by the judge to terminate my conservatorship, I would like to thank my fans for their love and well wishes during this time. I would also like to thank my lawyer and my parents for their support over the last nine years,” says Bynes, 35.

“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 concludes.

During the short hearing, Judge Roger L. Lund praised “Ms. Bynes,” who was not present in court, and wished her “good luck.”

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“The conservatorship is no longer needed or required,” said the judge. “She has done everything the court has asked.”

In August of 2013, Bynes’ mother, Lynn, was granted temporary conservatorship over her following a series of concerning behavior. And in October of 2014, Lynn gained full conservatorship of her daughter.

Over the past several years, Bynes has been quietly worked on finishing her degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

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Previously, Bynes earned her associate’s degree in 2019 and celebrated the milestone on social media.

Since filing to end her conservatorship in February, Bynes has been adamant about being independent by locating an L.A. rental to move into with her fiancé Paul Michael. The two met in late 2019 and promptly announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day 2020.

“She believes her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary,” Esquibias shared wit the outlet last month of Bynes, who has been largely residing in a sober living community.

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