Lindsay Lohan stands up for parents, tells Oprah she doesn't blame anyone but herself
Lindsay Lohan, 27, joined Oprah Winfrey for a segment on "Oprah's Next Chapter" to discuss the actress' newfound hope after struggling with two DUIs, six arrests, seven car accidents, 14 days in jail and six trips to rehab. Lohan had recently completed a 90-day rehabilitation program and agreed to do several interviews/therapy sessions with Winfrey.
Throughout the series of interviews, Winfrey expressed that she hoped to allow Lohan to tell the truth, her real feelings about her past and how she's on the road to change. With Lohan's agreement, Winfrey questioned Lohan about the chemistry within her family life.
Winfrey began by asking with whom Lohan was most close in her family, to which Lohan responded she has a close relationship with each member of her family. Winfrey then focused on Lohan's parents, Michael and Dina, who have constantly found themselves in the media spotlight, whether for Michael Lohan's arrest or Dina Lohan's partying habits with her underage daughter.
Most recently Lohan's parents have drawn attention after a frantic call from Lohan to her father was published because her father sold it to the media.
"A lot of stuff went on when I was young with my family; I grew up in a very chaotic home and there were moments of everything being wonderful and perfect, and then there were things being so uncontrollable and chaotic that, it's something that people go through, and unfortunately I waited too long to face it," Lohan said. "I've been going to a therapist for years and years."
But when asked if she believed her parents had taken advantage of her, Lohan stood up for the decisions her parents have made.
"No, nobody is perfect," Lohan said. "I love my parents. I'm not going to say that certain situations I would have preferred to be handled differently, certain things I would have preferred to be kept within my family in private. But that's in the past and I can't change that."
Lohan said she believes alcoholism is the root of her problems and admitted that she was finally ready to heal what had been pushing her down for so many years.
"That's what I've been doing for the past few months, and it's a process and I continue to do it every day."
Since 1998 when Lohan starred in "The Parent Trap" remake, it has been hard for the now 27-year-old actress to be out of the public eye. According to Lohan, she began to change when she moved to Los Angeles on her own.
"I didn't listen to my family when they would say, 'Come move back to New York,' right before everything started to go down," Lohan said.
Lohan admitted to using cocaine, explaining she only did it because it was a social thing and allowed her to drink.
Winfrey asked Lohan if she enjoyed the drug, to which Lohan quickly responded no, saying it never made her feel better the next day.
"So why did you do it?" Winfrey asked.
"Because it allowed me to drink more. I think that's why I did it. And it was a party thing, people would have it and so I would do it," Lohan said.
Throughout the segment, Lohan took responsibility for her life trials, regardless of the difficult situations she has been in.
"I'm my own worst enemy, and I know that," she said. "I've been given a lot of chances, and I'm really lucky to still have support and someone like you even coming and doing this interview with me. And I'm grateful for it."
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