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If you’re a Lindsay Lohan fan, and there might still be some out there, you would be used to the ups and downs of her crazy life. The six times (six!) she’s been ordered to check into rehab, the court appearances, mug shots, time in the slammer, toxic fights with her parents, and messing up again and again when she actually does get hired to act. That’s a lot for someone who’s just 27.

So when she finally sat down to ‘tell all’ to Oprah Winfrey, in an episode that aired Aug. 18 in the US and is due to air in Australia on Foxtel in early September, there might have been more than a few eyerolls, from fans or otherwise.

In the past, we’ve heard her publicly confess to being an addict (that was just after an altercation with the law – trying to score points with the judge, maybe?), blame anyone but herself for her problems, then deny being an addict just before checking in to her most recent rehab stint. That time, she told interviewer Piers Morgan she felt she didn’t need rehab, that she’s only done cocaine 4 or 5 times in her life and “I’ve never been a huge drinker,” though in the same interview she also discusses AA meetings and explained “I was drinking too much.” ‘Contradiction’ could be her middle name. Or maybe ‘Delusion.’

But just four days after her mandated 90-day stint in Palm Springs’ Betty Ford Center and Malibu’s Cliffside facility, it was a new Lindsay Lohan who opened up to Winfrey. Or was it?

Well, the signs actually are promising. She has a sober coach, she’s off the ADHD medication she was dependent on, she seemed clear-eyed for the first time in a long time and called herself “present and clear-headed and focused.” As part of her probation, she must continue therapy well into next year.

She admitted to being addicted to alcohol and calls it a “gateway to other things for me,” but insisted on only having used cocaine “10 to 15 times.” Her childhood, she says, was “chaotic” – but she also concedes she was addicted to that chaos, and the first time she went to jail she “kind of” wanted to go, “just to have some peace.” Her strife-prone warring parents, she acknowledged, “are just parents, really, at the end of the day trying to stand up for their daughter and themselves.”

Lindsay Lohan talking on OprahAnd although she has made an attempt at taking responsibility for her mistakes in the past and subsequently pointed the finger at others, this time she seemed frank: “I’m my own worst enemy, and I know that.”

The best sign? She’s listening to advice, and has a powerful ally. After Winfrey expressed grave concerns about Lohan’s planned “yoga and meditation kind of retreat” in Europe and its ready temptations, Lohan cancelled the trip.

Plus, she’s working. Although her latest gig, a micro-budget film called The Canyons, was a box-office stinker, she has landed a small role on an episode of the HBO comedy Eastbound and Down. She’s also the subject of an upcoming ‘docu-series’ (reality show!) about her recovery on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The show will follow the the Mean Girls star, who once showed such promise, trying to claw her way back to professional viability.

One step at a time, Lindsay. One step at a time…

  • i don’t know, she just sabotaged herself and is really a joke now, which is a shame because she had so much potential

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  • Hope she stays on the right path, I believe she strayed again? or not, more than likely will again, shame, so much talent.

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  • I hope she gets herself together once and for all. It would be a nice outcome.

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  • A talented woman who’s totally wasted that talent and her potential as a person.

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  • I grew up watching her movies, and then saw her going down-spiral…

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  • Hmm not sure, actions speak louder than words

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  • Fingers crossed Lindsey will get her life on track sooner rather than later.

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  • one step and to grow up a little and obey the law before someone gets hurt

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  • I hope she achieves her comeback and maintains her healthier lifestyle, too many child stars sink and many people sadly seem to find some perverse satisfaction in this.

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  • And this is why parents should take more time and responsibility for their children, to me she was in the industry too young, to fast and to free. I hope she finds happiness


    • yes, very true…so sad to see her struggle with so many problems

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  • thanks for sharing was a great read

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  • the poor girl, so many struggles and the media pouncing on her after every struggle

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  • I agree one step at a time, Lindsay. One step at a time… and I really hope she does well and puts the past behind her.i hope for her sake and her family that she gets it together! seems to be quite the common story for these “child stars” too much money too many bad surroundings. make the right choices.

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  • I don’t think she is capable of staying out of trouble

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  • i hope for her sake and her family that she gets it together! seems to be quite the common story for these “child stars” too much money too many bad surroundings. make the right choices!

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