Former child star's face tattoo has fans concerned

Amanda Bynes. Images via Instagram/AmandaBynesReal and Getty Images.

Amanda Bynes has debuted a bold new look to Instagram that has some fans concerned for her mental health.

The ‘She’s The Man’ actress shared a photo of herself on social media on Monday, sporting pink hair, a septum piercing and what appeared to be a tattoo of a misshapen heart on the left side of her face.

Amanda disabled comments the post that included only an alien face emoji as a caption.

While it’s unclear whether or not the tattoo is permanent, the dramatic new look comes weeks after the 33-year-old actress checked herself out of the LA sober living facility where she had been living in since January last year.

According to ET online, a source claimed Amanda left the facility to temporarily live with her parents who have maintained conservatorship of her affairs since 2014. While the conservatorship is still in place until August 2020, Amanda and her parents visited court, where it was deemed she is well enough to live on her own.

Amanda Bynes in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

However, the new look has raised concerns with Amanda’s fans, who worry for the state of her mental health.

“It's hard to believe [after] watching interviews from just seven or so years ago [where she spoke] about not succumbing to the pressures of Hollywood that this is the same woman,” one person wrote online.

“It makes me sad. I'm the same age and grew up watching her. She's one I really hoped would get it together.”

“This poor girl was let down in a massive way by the people who were meant to protect her,” another wrote. “This is the result of that. She deserves better and I hope she can find peace soon.”

“I'm worried about her. I don't think she is in the right mental state right now,” one concerned fan said. “I don't know if it's drugs or something else, but she doesn't seem back to her old self. She did an interview a while back where she looked great and sounded great, and wanted to get back to acting. But now she is back to doing things to her hair and face, etc. like she did when she was unstable before...I hope she gets things right, and gets back to acting. She had so much promise.”

Fans were hopeful that Amanda was healthy following her graduation from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in June 2019. Although completing her program, the former Nickelodeon star signed up for additional classes to maintain her bachelor’s degree.

In 2018, Amanda gave an exclusive interview to Paper magazine where she opened up about her mental health issues, as well as her history of drug abuse, including marijuana, ecstasy, MDMA and Adderall.

Bynes for Paper Magazine, 2018. Photo: Paper Magazine

At the time of the interview, Amanda shared she had been sober for four years, following several legal issues in 2012, which included charges for a DUI, driving with a suspended licence and two counts of hit-and-run.

“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,” she told the magazine. “I didn’t get addicted [then] and I wasn’t abusing it. And I wasn’t going out and partying or making a fool of myself… yet.” 

Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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