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Amanda Bynes has decided to abandon everyone else's reality and live in her own. The actress recently allowed In Touch to visit her apartment, where the photographer discovered the mattress bare, the windows spray-painted black, and drugs "everywhere." Yet somehow, Amanda is shocked that the magazine went negative, using the cover line "Amanda Bynes: Destroyed By Fame." In a long Twitter post on Thursday, she claimed that large portions of the story were faked or altered.
"That's not my bed! Those aren't my toes! My toes are pedicured!" Bynes ranted. (See the photos here.) "I just did an exclusive interview with intouch last week, now they bought fake altered photos by that ugly black man in the photo or someone who knows him!"
The "ugly black man," as Bynes so delicately described him, was one of the In Touch photographers, with whom Amanda reportedly smoked weed and flirted.
The actress went on to criticize the magazine for using an old cover photo (from "before I had surgery to reshape my profile and remove the webbing from my eyes"), and then threatened legal action.
"I have to sue because that's not my apartment, those aren't my clothes!" she exclaimed. "They morphed photos of my face onto someone's body to ruin my life! I have to make a big deal of this and sue because that's not me... The photos in this issue are fake and mocked up! I don't care enough to keep talking about it. Just assume that I f**ked the boyfriend of the editor of intouch because they f**king hate me!"
So these are basically the same things Amanda has been doing for months: threatening to sue magazines and bloggers, claiming that all unflattering photographs of her are fake, and going on strange Twitter rants (with or without accompanying nude photos) about how she's being set up and attacked. Her paranoid, delusional behavior has been getting her a lot of attention. So much so, in fact, that Amanda now thinks she's the one calling the shots.
Think about it: why would Amanda let In Touch into her home in the first place, if she wasn't so confident that they'd be nice to her? (The title of the photo essay about Amanda: "The Darkest Night of Her Life.") And if they're not nice, well then, she has this convenient get-out-of-jail free card: She can claim it's a set-up, the photos were faked, and she's suing.
It's a win-win! Except it's not, because Amanda Bynes is clearly in a very bad place. Mental illness is a very real possibility. Drug addiction is another. Unfortunately, everybody sees this but Amanda Bynes, who thinks she's getting all this attention because she's awesome.
Case in point: Amanda showed up to board a private jet this weekend without ID. When the airline gave her a hard time, she began screaming "I'm Amanda Bynes!" and yelling at the pilot to Google her. Because in Amanda's world, everyone knows who Amanda is. (She wasn't allowed on the flight.)
All Amanda is guilty of, besides acting like a crazy person, is believing her own hype. She's spending tons of time on Twitter, re-tweeting fan messages like these:
@amandabynes you should like rule the world it would be so much better if you did— pay attention to me (@teenpopidol) May 23, 2013
@amandabynes Amanda I can't believe what those idiots at InTouch did to u. Ur so beautiful and don't deserve to be treated this way xoxo.— Lois Lane (@chaperaroxxx) May 23, 2013
She also, clearly, follows the media coverage. She knows there's a shrine to her in downtown NYC, and she knows that her topless photos made international headlines. While the rest of the world thinks they're watching a train wreck, Amanda seems very confident that they're seeing a cool, sexy rebel. And as long as the media keeps sweet-talking her into doing press, that might not change.
Right now, Amanda is acting a bit like Anna Nicole Smith in her final days, or pre-breakdown Britney Spears: erratic, attention-seeking, doped-up, oblivious to how other people see her. She's walking a dangerous line here, and we fear she's one reality show away from losing touch completely.