Belfast Telegraph

Bynes 'makes supportive friends'

Amanda Bynes has reportedly made a new group of friends who want her to stay "healthy".

The 27-year-old star left rehab in December after being placed on involuntary psychiatric hold in July.

Amanda was taken into custody by mental health officials after she set a neighbour's driveway on fire before she was reportedly treated for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Since leaving a facility the actress is said to be adjusting well to her new life, despite striking up a friendship with a group of people who enjoy clubbing and drinking alcohol.

"Amanda's new friends are really nice and none of them do drugs, but they do go out to bars and clubs and have drinks," a source told RadarOnline.

"They are all really supportive of Amanda and want her to stay healthy so they aren't going to do anything to try and influence her to use anything, but they aren't totally sober themselves."

When setting out to build a new life for herself the former child star was allegedly told to avoid certain people. These included her old pals, who are seen as a negative influence on her due to their unhealthy habits.

"Amanda was told to stop talking to everyone from before she went into rehab. She totally listened and she isn't talking to any of her old friends, any of the people that were around doing drugs or drinking or being a bad influence," the insider added.

In another bid to regain a sense of normality, Amanda was scheduled to start at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising on Monday at their Orange County campus.

She reportedly registered under an alias for two classes, which she will juggle with therapy sessions four times a week throughout the school year.

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