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AMANDA BYNES

WHO CAN HELP HER?

It was a last-ditch effort, but one Lynn and Rick Bynes were willing to try: On Oct. 10 the couple tricked their troubled daughter Amanda into going to a psychiatric facility with help from Sam Lutfi, a Hollywood fixture who was close to Britney Spears during her 2008 mental health crisis. At first their plan seemed to work; a judge ruled the star needed a month in treatment. But on Oct. 30, Bynes, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, successfully petitioned for her release. Within hours of regaining her freedom, the 28-year-old appeared to be another poignant example of how hard it is to help adults with mental illness—roaming the Sunset Strip, trying to find a place to stay. Her parents are now struggling for answers. “They feel helpless,” a longtime friend of the actress tells People. “They’re really trying to help her.”

At this point the former child star’s troubles repeat in a grim loop: On Sept. 28 she was again arrested for DUI, followed by hostile Twitter rants and bizarre public behavior. That led to the Oct. 10 hospitalization. So why was she released three weeks later, despite her parents’ pleas for her to remain in treatment? To be committed against your will, “you have to be an immediate danger to yourself or others,” says Dr. Jay Carter, a psychologist and author of several books on bipolar disorder. “It’s hard to make that criteria. It’s the one big gap in our mental health system.”

How was Bynes able to convince a hearing officer that she was stable enough for release? “Somebody with psychosis can be out-of-their-mind bonkers, but when placed in front of an authority figure, the animal instinct for self-preservation kicks in, and they can talk normally,” says Julie Fast, an author who writes extensively about mental illness. “The judge says, ‘My hands are tied.’ ”

As happened after Amanda’s first forced hospitalization in 2013, Lynn was awarded conservatorship of her daughter, granting her control of Amanda’s $5 million estate and medical decisions—but not psychiatric treatment. In legal documents Lynn cited evidence of her daughter’s severe distress, including exorbitant spending on “gifts … for strangers” and Amanda’s claim that a microchip had been implanted in her brain.

After her release, the star again took to social media (see box). When she attempted to check in at the London Hotel on Oct. 30, “she only had cash and no credit card,” says a hotel source. “She got distressed and said she needed to stay there because she was getting plastic surgery.” L.A. hairstylist Jennifer Broders says they had planned to spend Halloween together, adding, “She definitely shouldn’t be by herself.” With no clear path to recovery, her loved ones are unsure where to turn next. Says a source close to Rick and Lynn: “Amanda’s parents love her and are truly worried.”

Twitter: Her Friend or Foe?

Social media offers a window into the mind of a woman in crisis

Oct. 10

My dad never did any of those things The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me

—@amandabynes

Oct. 31

My sister is not as un pretty as me

—@amandabynes

Nov. 1

By the way I just want to tweet that Zac Efron is not ugly

—@amandabynes

“Ugly” people. Her own looks. Abuse accusations against her father (which her family denies). Bynes returns again and again to the same obsessions in her tweets, some quickly taken down, some not. “It’s hard to see someone get so sick on the world stage,” says Julie Fast, author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder. “When a person is in psychosis, there is no filter to help them determine if posting is a good idea.” Social media can provide clues for loved ones “to see if someone is manic, psychotic or suicidal,” says Fast. But to someone struggling, “social media has created a dangerous outlet. You’re worried about what people are thinking, and the thoughts are coming so fast. In the past, you did it in journals or letters, but now you’ve got social media.”

COUPLES ROUNDUP

A BREAKUP, A MAKEUP (MAYBE), AND A ROMANCE HEATS UP

SPLITTING UP

After 13 years of marriage and three kids together, Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn are “amicably” separating, her rep told People exclusively. The star of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, 42, has been vocal about the toll of splitting her time between work in Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C., where their daughters Finley, 11, Avery, 9, and Emery, 5, live with Sehorn, 43. As far back as 2011, she told Good Housekeeping, “This is the hardest time.”

BACK TOGETHER?

In the wake of their recent split, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have been spending a surprising amount of time together at the Coldplay frontman’s Malibu home. “Chris is still very much into her,” says an insider. Still, a full-on reunion may be a ways away. “It is still new,” adds another source. “There are issues to work out.”

GOING STRONG

First spotted together in August, Robert Pattinson, 28, and FKA twigs (see box), 26, are logging plenty of frequent-flier miles to keep their romance alive. The globe-trotting pair, who have been spotted in London and Los Angeles, held hands on Nov. 2 during a cozy lunch at Toronto’s Luna Café. Says a source: “It seems like she’s had a really positive impact on his life.”

WHO IS FKA twigs?

Before her first album, LP1, dropped in August, FKA twigs (née Tahliah Barnett) was a dancer for artists like Ed Sheeran and Jessie J. Raised in the English country-side, she had early dreams of fronting a punk band. As a teen she had her share of difficulties: Part Jamaican and part Spanish, she was bullied in school for her looks. Though she admits to being shy, she is making a U.S. splash: twigs appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Nov. 4 and is currently touring. As for her stage name, “twigs”? It’s from her dancing days, when she used to crack her joints during warm-ups.

REUNITED & IT FEELS SO FETCH

MEAN GIRLS REUNION!

THE CAST OF THE 2004 HIT COMES TOGETHER AGAIN FOR ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Ever want to reminisce with the stars of some of your favorite old TV shows and movies? ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY does, which is why it created its Reunions Issue, now in its fifth year. The cast of Mean Girls—that biting, hysterical 2004 teen comedy starring Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Lindsay Lohan—is one of eight troupes who reunited for this year’s special double issue, available on newsstands now.

In the article, the cast shares plenty of behind-the-scenes stories: What role did almost all of the young actresses want? What footwear did Lohan seek out during the shoot in Canada (standing in for Illinois)? And, most important, will there ever be a Mean Girls sequel?

The magazine also gathered the actors from classic beloved TV shows such as Sports Night and Little House on the Prairie as well as movies including Napoleon Dynamite and … who you gonna call? … Ghostbusters!

While you’ll have to pick up this week’s EW for all the juicy tidbits, for starters, here are the answers to the questions above. (1) Regina, the queen bee, which eventually went to McAdams; (2) Pink Uggs; (3) To answer the last one, let’s hear directly from Tina Fey, who wrote Mean Girls: “At the time we did want to start the conversation about the sequel, and for whatever reason I was like, ‘No!! We shouldn’t do that!’ Now I look back and I’m like, ‘Why?’ But now, no—it’s too late now.” Hey, Tina: No, it’s not!

WORD ASSOCIATION

John Mulaney

Former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney, 32, who is juggling newlywed life and work (he stars in the sitcom Mulaney on Fox), takes a break to free-associate:

Stefon

Video store. I don’t know if we ever said it, but in our minds he sleeps in the back of this place in New York called Kim’s Video.

NBC

Telephone operator. I never saved the direct number for SNL on my phone. I had the number for NBC, so I always called and asked to be transferred to SNL and then to be transferred to whoever I was calling. Really inefficient.

Marriage

Safety.

Babies

Exhausted. I visit friends who just had babies, and they’re just sitting around in pajama pants.

Thanksgiving

Brown. Everyone’s wearing tan and brown, and all the food is brown. I love Thanksgiving food. It’s funny that people always say, “Oh, turkey makes you sleepy, it has tryptophan.” But if you’re a true insomniac like me, it doesn’t at all. I could eat a pound of turkey and not go to sleep.

Los Angeles

Shampoo. The movie Shampoo. It’s exactly like that.

Brooklyn

Polish street festivals. I lived in Greenpoint for five years and just remember waking up hungover with a Polish street festival making noise outside the window.

Bethenny Frankel

What My Dog

Knows About Me

The Skinnygirl mogul, 44, who is returning to The Real Housewives of New York City after a three-season absence, has written a new children’s book, Cookie Meets Peanut. It’s based on her experience of bringing daughter Bryn (a.k.a. Peanut), 4, home for the first time to meet her Lhasa apso Cookie. Below she shares secrets only her beloved pooch knows.

“My dog knows that I am constantly on the go. I think she is saying, ‘Can this woman please slow down?’ She knows who I am sleeping with. She can tell you how many Skinnygirl cocktails I have in a week, how much money I have and all about my online purchases. She can tell you what I eat, which is what everyone wants to know. It’s always a big question, and she’ll tell you I eat a lot crappier than people think I do. Cookie knows this because she is always sitting next to me trying to get some of my food. I’ve had her all of her 14 years, and she is with me every day. She has learned from me to be tough, and I have learned from her that you don’t have to kiss people’s asses, and they will still like you.”

ONE to WATCH

MARY LAMBERT

SHE’S CURVY, CONFIDENT AND HAS A KILLER VOICE. HOW THE ‘SECRETS’ SINGER TURNED HER INSECURITIES INTO A HIT

Mary Lambert knows she’s not your typical pop star. In her hit single “Secrets” she admits, “I’m overweight/I’m always late” and “I love my butt/And won’t shut up.” Lambert, 25, then challenges her listeners, singing “They tell us from the time we’re young/To hide the things that we don’t like about ourselves … Well I’m over it.” So are her fans, who have collectively clicked on her “Secrets” video on YouTube more than 5 million times in support of Lambert’s unapologetic songwriting. ” ‘Secrets’ is not just a song—it’s literally my truth,” she told PEOPLE. “I wanted to make something for people to hold onto if they were feeling sad, and to say, ‘You’re not reduced to what you view as your flaws. You are a person deserving of love and life.’ ” It’s a lesson the Seattle-area native learned herself after years of battling deeper issues: She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 15 and suffered sexual abuse as a child—all of which she explores in her debut album, Heart on My Sleeve. “I used to walk around with so much guilt and shame about different parts of myself—not just physical appearance but also the mental aspect,” says Lambert, who got her big break on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2012 single “Same Love.” As she began to work on her own songs, “I wanted the music to be a great example of coming from something painful and raising yourself up.” Lambert credits her positive outlook to an “awesome support system” including her mother, Mary, who came out as a lesbian when Lambert was 6, and Lambert’s girlfriend Michelle Chamuel, 28, the season 4 runner-up on The Voice. “I’m in an amazing relationship. I can’t really believe it,” she says. “I came from the lowest possible low, and now I’m riding this amazing high where I’m like, ‘Is this real?'”

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