(Yahoo!) - In a move that single-handedly might prove that humanity exists in Hollywood, Nick Cannon has penned a tender and supportive open letter to Amanda Bynes. Referring to the troubled star as his "sister," the "America's Got Talent" host calls for empathy from both the media and the public alike.
While he acknowledges that in the past he has answered questions about whether he's been in touch with Amanda with casual jokes (they met in the '90s when they worked on the kids' TV show "All That"), he notes that now that she has been put on a 5150 psychiatric hold — which wasextended by a full two weeks — this is no laughing matter.
"I am always the first to say that fame and entertainment [are] 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 warns. "When a person is told all of their life that they are awesome, the best, the greatest and they are catered to every moment of the day. Imagine being the breadwinner in your household before you can even drive. Imagine [your] parents, teachers, and employers NEVER telling you NO. Anything you ask for or want, the world gives you, at some point you are bound to self-destruct. I call this 'access to excess.'"
And while it's easy to see how this "access to excess" creates many problems for a young star, Nickhighlights one specific issue it can lead to that might not be so obvious: loneliness.
"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 you parents have a conditional appreciation for you and only really love your money."
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