Amanda Bynes calls off engagement amid 'tough times'

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Amanda Bynes has reportedly broken off her engagement to fiancé Paul Michael after they announced they would be getting married two years ago.

It's the second time the pair have called off their engagement, however, a source tells E! News they still remain in a committed relationship despite cancelling plans to walk down the aisle.

"[They] are together working through the tough times," the source said, adding they had experienced "significant" challenges including public pressure and the Covid pandemic.

The She's The Man actress announced her surprise engagement in a cryptic Instagram post on Valentine's Day in 2020.

Amanda Bynes at the peak of her acting career (left) and her barely recognisable (right).
Amanda Bynes has reportedly broken off her engagement. Source: Getty/Instagram

A day later she revealed the identity of her partner, posting a photo with a man wearing a blue checked shirt and black glasses which she captioned, “Lover”.

The pair had been dating for about two months after meeting at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) classes, showbiz site The Blast reported at the time.


E! News reports the pair broke off their engagement for the first time three weeks after the initial announcement before getting back together.

Amanda has been open about her past struggles with addiction and mental health issues which saw her take an indefinite break from her thriving acting career in 2010.

Paul Michael and Amanda Bynes.
Amanda Bynes and Paul Michael are reportedly still together. Source: Instagram

In 2018, she gave an exclusive interview to Paper magazine where she talked about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2014 as well as her history of drug abuse, including marijuana, ecstasy, MDMA and Adderall.

At the time of the interview, she claimed she had been sober for four years following several legal issues in 2012.

Amanda has largely stayed off social media and out of the limelight, but in March she shared a message thanking fans for their support as she filed paperwork to terminate her nine-year conservatorship.

Amanda’s mother Lynn Bynes was first granted a temporary conservatorship in 2013 after the actress allegedly set fire to a driveway, and gained conservatorship again in 2014.

Her conservatorship was terminated earlier this year.

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