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Those who remember Nickelodeon back in the ’90s and early 2000s may recall Amanda Bynes and her childhood in the spotlight. Known for shows like All That and The Amanda Show, Bynes took an early leap into fame. And movies like She’s the Man solidified her legacy as a force to be reckoned with.

Unfortunately, Bynes had a serious fall from grace that involved legal trouble and mental health issues. By 2016, she picked up the pieces from her life and moved forward. But now, in 2020, it’s hard to say how she’s doing. After she posted a photo to her Instagram showing her with a crooked face tattoo, she even more recently showed off her engagement ring and her alleged fiancé. And her Instagram followers are confused by all of it, as they think she’s been wearing that ring for quite some time.

Amanda Bynes resurfaced after years of absence

Amanda Bynes attends the Michael Costello and Style PR Capsule Collection launch party on July 23, 2015
Amanda Bynes attends the Michael Costello and Style PR Capsule Collection launch party on July 23, 2015 | David Livingston/Getty Images

We know Bynes best for her work in Hollywood as a child and early teen. But now, her reputation has been totally tarnished. Back in 2012, Bynes was arrested for hitting a police officer’s car. And she was later caught driving without a license and getting involved with multiple hit-and-run accidents.

By 2013, Bynes was arrested for smoking marijuana, and it all came to a head when she was caught setting a fire in a driveway in California. This led to her psychiatric evaluation. And, of course, the media caught wind that things were amiss with Bynes, so negative coverage followed.

Bynes explained to Paper in 2018 that once she “retired” from acting, she started “hanging out with a seedier crowd and I isolated a lot. … I got really into my drug usage and it became a really dark, sad world for me.”

While many outlets reported on Bynes’ downward spiral, her access to social media didn’t help, either. She frequently posted derogatory and embarrassing remarks on Twitter that didn’t help her image.

“And I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad,” Bynes told Paper. “Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter.”

She recently posted photos of an engagement ring to Instagram

Bynes’ interview with Paper gave fans a ton of insight into what was going on during the time of her downfall. And many hoped that this meant the young star was getting the help she needed to carry on with her career. But more recent events are worrying many. Bynes debuted a heart tattoo on her face via Instagram on Dec. 30, 2019. And now, she’s showing off her alleged engagement ring.

“Engaged to tha love of my life,” Bynes captioned her photo of her hand with the ring on Feb. 15. And her hand appears to be on top of her lover’s hand in the photo.

Then, on the same day, Bynes added a photo of the man in question. “Lover,” she captioned the post showing her alleged fiancé next to her.

Since those two posts, Bynes continued to add Instagram content. She added two selfies (one with friends), and another of her pants and shoes with the caption, “Lookin like a hoodrat.”

Bynes’ followers are confused and concerned

Since all of the negative press about Bynes came to light in the past, many are concerned about her post regarding her engagement. And others accused Bynes of lying, as they swear they’ve seen her with that same ring in the past.

“Press on nails and fake ring wtf,” a follower wrote.

Yet another added, “she wearing the same ring in her previous upload from like last week???”

Another wrote, “with her you never know! He/She could very well be married or not even exist.”

And another added, “Cause a week ago you had that same ring on so just curious.”

Some of her followers defended her, though.

“It doesn’t say she just got engaged. It says she’s engaged. Maybe she’s been engaged for ten years now. Who knows,” one of Bynes’ followers clapped back.

We’re not sure what the real scoop is, as Bynes hasn’t publicly spoken about the ring or engagement. But we’re hoping to get more details soon.

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