09/24/2012 09:27 am ET

Amanda Bynes Reportedly Moving From Los Angeles To New York City

Amanda Bynes might have given up acting, but the troubled 26-year-old never considered giving up Los Angeles. Until now.

Bynes, who has been making headlines recently, thanks to her erratic driving and weird behavior, has reportedly decided to leave LA and move to the Big Apple so she can begin "her new life as a fashion designer."

A source tells RadarOnline.com that the former Nickelodeon star, who's facing five criminal charges in LA, including a DUI, two separate hit-and-run accidents and two counts of driving on a suspended license, "doesn't feel the need to stay in Los Angeles anymore since she can't drive."

"Amanda isn't required to be in court so she has gone to New York City, and says she plans on making it a permanent move," the source adds. "Amanda is adamant that she is retired from acting and wants to begin a new life in New York as a fashion designer. Amanda thinks she can live a more normal life on the East Coast and won't be hounded by the paps."

And although picking up and moving across the country sounds like a big deal, Bynes isn't leaving much behind. According to RadarOnline.com, she hasn't seen her parents since she was charged with a DUI last April.

"Amanda hasn't spoken to her parents in several months, and she has been living like a recluse, which does have her parents extremely concerned," an insider previously revealed. "Amanda just cut them out of her life entirely, and she doesn't return their phone calls or e-mails. There wasn't a fight or any ongoing unresolved issues between Amanda and her parents; she just axed them out of her life for no reason."

Her family and friends "are extremely concerned about how she is handling the media glare during this very difficult time in her life right now," added the source.



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