Amanda Bynes

Former child star Amanda Bynes is almost unrecognizable in these photos taken 5 days after she was released from a psychological facility. Bynes, 27, was hospitalized in July and diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder after she was arrested for setting fire to a neighbor's driveway in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Bynes was spotted walking 2 dogs near her home. She wore a sweatshirt that read “Gangsta Love,” sunglasses and black leggings.

On Wednesday, Bynes spoke publicly for the first time since being released from rehab. “I am doing very well. I’m doing great, it’s been five days since I got out of rehab," she said.

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Amanda Bynes parents

When former child star Amanda Bynes was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after setting fire to a neighbor's driveway, her parents rushed to court to gain control of her money and her life.

But a California judge wisely delayed making a decision on conservatorship until Bynes is well enough to appear in court to speak for herself. The judge also determined that Bynes, 27, and her parents had limited contact with each other before the arson incident.

According to gossip website TMZ, Bynes was given an early diagnosis of "schizophrenic tendencies".

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The woman whose driveway was allegedly set on fire by troubled socialite Amanda Bynes says she hopes the 23-year-old arsonist gets psychiatric help.

Bonnie Braaten, 73, told PEOPLE.com she wasn't aware of "anyone who would be angry with me enough to set a fire in my driveway."

Bynes was admitted Tuesday to a mental hospital on an involuntary 5150 psychiatric hold after she lit a gas canister on fire in the driveway of Braaten's Thousand Oaks, Calif., home.

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Amanda Bynes at Manhattan Criminal Court

Socialite Amanda Bynes wore a tacky neon wig to her court appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court today in New York City. Bynes is facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of a marijuana bong pipe stemming from an arrest on May 23. Bynes enraged black Twitter yesterday when she tweeted "Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly!"

The 27-year-old actress and singer is best known for her appearance on Nickelodeon television series All That,The Amanda Show, and What I Like About You. She can't blame hackers for this latest misstep.
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    After thoroughly entertaining her growing fan base with Rihanna-bashing tweets on Twitter.com, Amanda Bynes is now saying the tweets were fake.

    The amusing tweets which were sent out -- then deleted -- from Amanda's official Twitter account on Sunday, quickly resurfaced on blogs and websites.

    In one tweet, she wrote about Rihanna: "Chris Brown beat you because you're not pretty enough." In another tweet, she said "You look so ugly tryin to be white."

    But on Monday, Amanda accused "people" of "mocking up fake tweets" about her and Rihanna.

    One person who thought the tweets were genuine is Rihanna, who lashed back with a lame tweet of her own: "Ya see what happens when they cancel intervention." That tweet would've been funny if Rihanna wasn't a tragic drug addict and alcoholic who desperately needs rehab herself.

    Read what Amanda Byes said after the break:

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