With all the hype surrounding Amanda Bynes' recent behavior and subsequent 5150 psychiatric hold, her "She's All That" co-star, Nick Cannon, wants her to know he's got her back.
"We need each other to in times of despair," he wrote in an open letter on his website. "No one can make it through anything alone. So I ask people who are quick to judge, tweet, report, or comment to ask yourself, 'What if that person was my sister? My brother? My mother? Or me? What then would I say?'"
Noting that he's been asked to comment frequently on her situation, he explains that celebrity can be a tough burden to bear. "I am always the first to say that fame and entertainment is one of the best and easiest occupations to ever have, but one must know how to navigate through the matrix or you may find yourself in a very dark hole," he writes, warning of the easy potential "to self-destruct."
"When you feel your family has turned your back on you, … You find yourself alone in that dark hole. 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."
After quoting Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," Nick ends the letter with this: "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 … 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."