LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Somewhere in the world Lindsay Lohan is thanking Amanda Bynes.
The former Nickelodeon star has raised eyebrows and created headlines in the past two months with a series of strange tweets. On March 13, she tweeted, “I want Drake to murder my vagina.”
Her behavior — shaving half her head, for starters, double-piercing her cheeks — also has show business observers on both coasts wondering what has happened to the former Nickelodeon star with the squeaky-clean image. (As for the striking change in appearance, Bynes said she wants to look more like stripper Blac Chyna.)
If anything, her most recent antics have only added to rampant speculation to her condition.
Bynes on Wednesday night tweeted a topless picture of herself sitting on a bathroom sink in torn stockings, with her hair mostly covering her breasts. This came a night after she posted photos of herself in a skimpy black lace bra and leggings standing in front of a mirror, saying she needed to lose 35 pounds. “About to put on make-up, I’ve gained weight! I need to be 100 lbs!,” she wrote.
Gossip rags and websites have speculated the 27-year-old was struggling with an eating disorder after she admitted herself in an April 4 tweet that, “I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin.”
All the while Bynes has become a punchline for many on the social media website.
ESPN “Sportscenter” anchor Robert Flores wrote, “At this point, even the #Jets are skeptical of Amanda Bynes’ decision making.”
BuzzFeed Radio’s Jack Moore posted, “Amanda Bynes’ Twitter account is the best reality TV show ever.”
Kyle Richards, “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills,” tweeted, “I spend an abnormal amount of time worrying about @AmandaBynes & I haven’t even met her.”
Bynes has been almost daily fodder on “The View” or “The Talk” since the now-infamous Drake tweet. On both talk shows, gossip columnists have speculated Bynes is abusing drugs or alcohol. Last year, while driving in LA, Bynes was arrested and charged with a DUI after she side-swiped a cop car. She was accused of hit-and-run in two other driving incidents.
In a new interview with “In Touch Weekly”, Bynes insists she only smokes tobacco and doesn’t drink (“I’m allergic.”) She dismissed talk about her bizarre behavior saying, “I have no idea (where these rumors are coming from). Every time I’ve heard it, it came from an ugly person’s mouth, so I don’t care.”
If Bynes is loaded, at the very least it’s financially so. She is worth a reported $8 million from money she earned in movies, from Nickelodeon and her own clothing line.
Bynes told “In Touch” she’s okay with her decision to retire from acting and she will continue to pursue a music career and design clothes. “Because I want to, not because I need the money. I love singing and I can’t wait to start working on an album,” she told the magazine.