Amanda Bynes is a graduate!
The actress, 33, posted a picture of herself with a friend at her graduation from the Los Angeles-based Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Bynes captured the photo: "FIDM graduate 2019 #fidmgraduation."
This is the first time the actress has posted on social media in nearly a year. Her last tweet is from November 2018, when she posed on the cover of Paper.
In the interview with the magazine, Bynes said she was working towards earning an Associate's of Art degree in Merchandise Product Development late last year. She said upon graduation she planned to get her Bachelor's degree beginning in January 2019.
The former child star has been on a tumultuous journey to find her purpose since suffering a breakdown in the early 2010s. Bynes discussed the most trying time in her life with the magazine.
"I started smoking marijuana when I was 16. Even though everyone thought I was the ‘good girl,’ I did smoke marijuana from that point on," she told Paper Magazine’s Abby Schreiber. "I didn’t get addicted [then] and I wasn’t abusing it. And I wasn’t going out and partying or making a fool of myself...yet."
The "She's The Man" star recalled spending many dark days experimenting with hard drugs before becoming addicted to Adderall, a drug she ultimately abused heavily.
Bynes said she regrets many of her decisions, including the infamous tweets she’s written aimed at rapper Drake and many other celebrities.
“I’m really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said. I can’t turn back time but if I could, I would,” she explained. “And I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad."
Bynes continued, “Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter. It’s definitely not Twitter’s fault — it’s my own fault.”
Living a much happier life, Bynes said she owes much of her rehabilitation to her parents, for if it weren’t for them she isn’t sure how her life would have played out.
“I’ve been sober for almost four years now,” Bynes revealed. “There are gateway drugs and thankfully I never did heroin or meth or anything like that but certain things that you think are harmless, they may actually affect you in a more harmful way. Be really, really careful because you could lose it all and ruin your entire life like I did.”
Bynes added: “Those days of experimenting [with substances] are long over. I’m not sad about it and I don’t miss it because I really feel ashamed of how those substances made me act. When I was off of them, I was completely back to normal and immediately realized what I had done — it was like an alien had literally invaded my body. That is such a strange feeling.”