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Last night was the premier of the much-anticipated Oprah interview with Lindsay Lohan. She arrived fresh out of her sixth stint in rehab, having been released just 4 days prior. Though looking a little like a deer in headlights, and tearing up several times throughout the interview, Lohan opened up and discussed parts of her notorious past. Though the presentation of her story was perhaps a little too composed, viewers still got a glimpse of the struggle and pain behind her story true to Oprah Winfrey style.
Lohan identified as being addicted to alcohol, as it provided a gateway to experimentation with cocaine. She shared that her downward spiral was related to growing up in a “chaotic” household and too much fame too quickly with little supervision. She discussed moving to Los Angeles by herself around the age of 17-18 after the success of Mean Girls.
Winfrey suggested multiple times throughout the interview that Lohan was not the product of a typical child star gone wrong scenario but rather the result of poor parenting. However, Lohan denied feeling exploited by her parents. Even after Winfrey asked why Lohan’s own father would record their phone conversation and release it to the media, Lohan denied feelings of ill-will toward either of her parents.
Throughout the interview Lohan made reference toward being in a more “spiritual” place than before in her life. When asked to clarify, Lohan discussed meditating and learning to ground herself. She spoke about going off of Adderall which she had been previously prescribed for ADHD and about how much calmer she felt without the medication. Oprah asked if Lohan was currently on any medications. She reported to taking nothing more than vitamins and Nexium “for acid reflux.”
As a therapist who has worked primarily with young adults often on their own for the first time in college, I could see how Lohan wound up where she did. In watching the interview what I felt most for her was a sense of empathy and compassion. The words I heard her use most often over and over again were “scared” “afraid” and “terrified.” Was it just quality acting on her part? Perhaps, but who wouldn’t have these feelings when thrust into the public eye at a young age with no one to guide her?
The person Lohan referenced as someone who had stood with her throughout everything was Shawn—her lawyer. She discussed not knowing who she could trust and what friends were there for the wrong reasons. Lohan shared that even in meeting with family post-rehab her request to them would be that her privacy be maintained, suggesting perhaps even they couldn’t be fully trusted. Who in the world gets by without a single person behind them who is fully and wholeheartedly invested in their wellness without wanting anything in return?
As the interview concluded Winfrey brought up the fact that Lohan planned to leave for Europe shortly. While Lohan maintained it was for a meditation retreat, Winfrey asked Lohan to reconsider the trip as it could be detrimental to her rehab progress. Post-interview it was revealed that Lohan took Winfrey’s request to heart and cancelled the trip. Hopefully this may be an indication of better things ahead for the young starlet.
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During the interview Lohan shared that the boring aspects of her life are never the ones that make the headlines. It is always about the scandals and every misstep. Certainly there is truth in that statement. But hopefully her every move isn’t watched as she finds her way back. Though I’ve written previous articles referencing her, my genuine hope is that she is able to have a full recovery despite the fact that it may take multiple relapses to get there.
In the meantime I will secretly hold out hope that Oprah adopts her if for no other reason than to help guide her onto the right path. That said, I hope that whether it’s shared in a public forum or not, that Lohan comes to the raw, uncensored truth of her past. No matter how polished an exterior she can maintain, for her to truly flourish the unpleasant parts of her past may have to be faced head-on.
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