Reading Amanda Bynes’ Twitter feed is like watching bad reality TV. We shouldn’t look, but we can’t help ourselves.
In the throes of what can only be described as a meltdown (of what description, only she knows) you can’t help but wonder who is looking out for her, and when will she get help. No matter how she protests that it has all been one great big publicity stunt, there are in fact times when there IS such a thing as bad publicity. This is the woman who in recent months has called both Miley Cyrus and Drake ‘ugly,’ and said Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna because she wasn’t pretty enough — who has also been arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out her window.
As she is evicted from her New York apartment and her father hopes to stage an intervention, it is interesting to look back at the child stars who have walked this tragic line before her.
There is something almost inevitable about what Bynes is going through; we have seen it all before. Between the headlines and the gossip, underneath the scandal and the outrage, there are lessons to be learned and lives to be supported. Each star below had a moment where they shone, and then their light dimmed. The strong, like Drew Barrymore, come back from the darkness and regain their careers, their lives. The others… are not so lucky.
I really hope that Bynes gets the support she needs until her star shines again. For the right reasons.
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