Lindsay Lohan is on the comeback campaign trail. On a two-part interview this week on the Today Show, the 25-year-old who has spent the last few years digging herself out of alcohol abuse, drug use, a DUI, shoplifting, probation and jail time now says all of that’s changed. Lohan wants the world to know that she’s “clean and sober” and moving in the right direction. Wait, wasn’t she the one who just posed for Playboy three months ago? Was that moving in the right direction?
After telling Matt Lauer that “Yes, I’m good and I’m clean and sober now, Lohan stumbled through a response when asked how long she’s been sober:
Um, it’s been a while now. It’s been a long time. It’s nice to feel that I also have a lot of great people in my life that are in the same position, so I can always turn to them. And I’ve had great people that I can talk to at any time and that have helped me kinda figure myself out.
Don’t most people know the exact number of days they have been sober?
Lauer then goes on to ask Lohan if she still goes to parties and clubs and risks the temptation, to which Lohan says it’s not her “thing” anymore:
I could, but that’s not my thing anymore. I went out, actually, a few months ago with a friend. And I was so uncomfortable. Not because I felt tempted, just because it was just the same thing that it always was before. And it just wasn’t fun for me. I’ve become more of a homebody. And I like that.
We certainly applaud her for that–if it’s indeed true. It seems like it would have been more honest of her to admit that recovering from alcohol and drug abuse is really hard, it’s a struggle, and it’s a day-to-day thing. But she appears to simply be saying what she wants people to believe.
Lauer says he thought about Lohan when Whitney Houston passed away and wondered whether the news of the singer’s death registered on a personal level, to which Lohan replied that she didn’t “want to go there” because it was a “scary, morbid thing to discuss.” It’s not really a scary, morbid thing to discuss, if we can all look at Houston’s death as tragic, yes, but also a learning experience–especially for someone who has had a drug/alcohol problem.
Finally, when Lauer asked her about people being skeptical about her sudden rebound, Lohan said she’s not concerned about what others think anymore:
It’s unfortunate, but if I harped on that and only focused on the negative and the people that doubted me, then I might be right back where they think I’ll be. But that’s not what I want for me. I don’t want to go back to that place. I want to move forward with my life, in the right direction. And I want to keep growing in the right ways.
It’s great that Lohan says she’s moving in the right direction, but we can’t help but continue to worry about her and her mental and physical health. Let’s hope she proves us wrong and truly is heading in the right direction.
By the way, Lohan will be hosting Saturday Nigh Live this weekend, where she says she plans to poke fun at herself.