Childhood co-star Nick Cannon has offered his love and support to Amanda Bynes as she continues to receive treatment under a police-ordered psychiatric hold in Los Angeles.
Cannon and Bynes both worked as young Nickelodeon stars. Cannon became a popular television host, while Bynes is now known for making headlines which do not refer to her acting career but to her arrests and bizarre behavior!
The "America's Got Talent" host has now penned a tender and supportive open letter to Bynes. The letter, titled “an open letter to my sister, Amanda Bynes,” was posted to Nick’s Tumblr account yesterday.
"Lately I have been hit with an onslaught of questions about someone I consider family, someone I watched grow up, and someone I genuinely feel is one of the most pleasant human beings I have had the pleasure of meeting, Amanda Bynes," Cannon wrote.
"The questions have ranged from, 'Have you spoken to Amanda' to 'Are you working on her rap album.' Sometimes I would answer in a playful humorous manner and sometimes I would brush it off as another pop culture topic that a reporter was trying to retrieve a sound bite for. But after recent events of Amanda being admitted under psychiatric care and reported as 5150, I see this as no laughing matter."
He continued, "We all end up alone in that dark hole at some point in our lives and if you don't have a foundation of friends and family to help bring you up and out it makes that journey long and detrimental."
He concluded his post by saying:
So I say to my sister Amanda Bynes you’re not alone. I’m here for you. I understand. I care and I appreciate you, because that’s what family does and that’s what family is for. I also extend this to anyone else in my life, past or present that may find themselves in hard times. I’m here! Call me! Because I truly believe, the hand you’re helping up today may be the one you’re reaching for tomorrow. So not to be all cheesy and over sentimental but I got to end this with the ingenious Wither’s lyrics "Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. For it won’t be long until I’ll need somebody to lean on.”
Cannon’s move single-handedly proves that humanity still exists in the world of Hollywood.
Read his letter in full over here.