Back when she was a popular child star turned movie actress and he was a snarky blogger on the rise, Amanda Bynes and Perez Hilton were a Hollywood odd couple.
Flash-forward to the present: Amanda, now 27, has been acting — and looking — increasingly bizarre in recent weeks and is currently in the midst of a bitter feud with her former close pal. As the two engage in a nasty war of words on Twitter, and Amanda posts troubling messages about suicide and self-harm, Perez exclusively tells the new issue of In Touch that the former Nickelodeon golden girl’s family needs to take “drastic measures.”
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Amanda, who recently tweeted, “I don’t speak to my parents anymore,” is in dire need of help, insists Perez, 35. “Her family needs to do whatever they need to,” he tells In Touch, on newsstands now, “to have her committed.”
A worried Perez barely recognizes his old pal; he likens her recent behavior to Britney Spears’ public meltdown in 2007. “Amanda’s a totally different person [now],” he says. “When I was friends with her, she was really normal. Like boringly normal,” adding, “I think she may keep acting out in even crazier ways if people start ignoring her.”
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Perez says her takes no offense to her recent hurtful words on social media. “I’ve tried to help her repeatedly,” he tells In Touch. “It’s just so sad to see what’s going on.”
For more on Perez's hopes for Amanda and her public downward spiral, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!