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Nick Cannon breaks down Amanda Bynes’ breakdown

Nick Cannon wants us to understand what’s behind Amanda Bynes’ breakdown — and he’s doing a lot of finger-pointing.

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon is an old friend of Amanda Bynes, and he’s come to the actress’ defense as she is held under psychiatric evaluation.

In an open letter posted on his blog, Cannon, who worked with Bynes on Nickelodeon’s All That back in the day, says Bynes didn’t stand a chance at a normal life because Hollywood spit her up and chewed her out, and the people who should have helped her just kept using her.

“Imagine being the breadwinner in your household before you can even drive. Imagine you parents, teachers, and employers NEVER telling you NO,” Cannon wrote. “Anything you ask for or want, the world gives you, at some point you are bound to self-destruct.”

“Whether it’s fame, money, sex, drugs, attention. It’s all a dangerous addiction. When there is no balance in your life a person will always become victim to their reality or lack thereof. The question is, when this destruction occurs, who is there to help put back the pieces.”

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“What do you do when you have no solid support system? When you feel like your friends are talking behind your back. When you feel like your co-workers are jealous and out to competitively sabotage you. When you feel your family has turned [their] back on you. When you feel like your parents have a conditional appreciation for you and only really love your money. You find yourself alone in that dark hole,” he explained.

“Then you have to rely on your own devices once again in this vulnerable state. You become paranoid, frantic, manic, irrational because you [can’t] bounce your thoughts or ideas off of anyone anymore. Your reality no longer allows you to reason with the world, so you try to break through to get back to what you think is common ground. You are either trying to get back ‘hot’ again or just searching for that adulation that you once received daily from the masses.”

“Then enters the media, or what I like to call the ultimate magnifier. It’s like if you have a delicate piece of tissue under the sun, that tissue is under INTENSE heat with nowhere to escape but once you place a magnifying glass over that tissue, it’s bound to instantly burn up in flames. This is what I believe happens to many people in the public eye and we all sit back and judge these people for our own entertainment.”

Bynes’ parents are seeking conservatorship of her affairs, a request a judge put on hold until more information can be gleaned from the actress’ doctors.

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