Lindsay Lohan talks to Piers Morgan just before going into rehab
"I've never been a junkie," the actress says
After 250 days in rehab, another trip "is pointless," Lohan says
But it's not "a bad thing for me to be away with myself for three months," she says
This could be the last story you read about Lindsay Lohan for the next three months if all goes well during her 90-day stay at the Betty Ford Clinic.
Just days before checking into court-ordered rehab last week, the actress spoke extensively to Piers Morgan in an article for London’s Daily Mail newspaper, which published it in this Sunday’s edition.
Lohan, who turns 27 in two months, told Morgan, host of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” she’s never been “a huge drinker” and despite rumors, failed drug tests and a drug possession arrest, she’s only used cocaine “maybe four or five times in my life.”
She’s spent more than 250 days in rehab and another trip “is pointless,” she said in the Daily Mail story. Instead, she should be allowed to “go abroad to different countries and work with children.”
Lohan’s life off the rails
Lohan’s life and career ran off the rails starting in her disastrous year of 2007 when she was twice convicted of drunken driving, once for cocaine use, made three trips to rehab and served an 84-minute jail stay. Her arrests were “totally irresponsible – a stupid mistake,” she said.
“And from then on, the press were on me all the time,” Lohan said. “It was the first time I’d taken drugs. I was out in a club with people I shouldn’t have been with, and took cocaine, and got in the car. It was so stupid.”
Her first rehab visit was not because of drugs or alcohol but to help her deal with the trauma she experienced making a movie, she told Morgan.
She voluntary checked into the Wonderland Center in Los Angeles while she was shooting “I Know Who Killed Me” in January 2007.
“I was having really bad nightmares, and the movie was pretty traumatizing,” Lohan said. “So I stayed in a facility so I could get some sleep and talk about it with someone the next day, because it was overwhelming. But I would leave every day and just sleep there at night. I liked that. It was kind of like having my own live-in therapist, because I was having crazy nightmares and I was having AA meetings on set and stuff. It really helped.”
Lohan: The good teenager
She had been drinking for less than a year at that point, Lohan said. She stayed away from alcohol after her first hangover experience at 17, when her mother made her “sleep with vomit still on me so I’d understand how it felt,” she said. “I was too scared!”
She was a good teenager, she said. “My friends and I would actually pretend to be drunk,” she said. “And it was more fun. I never rebelled against my parents – I worked hard, I was responsible and I didn’t go to high-school parties.”
She doesn’t consider herself to be an alcoholic – “I’ve never woken up in the morning and had a drink” – but “when I was younger, I was definitely going out too much and I was drinking too much.”
Lohan: A rehab expert
Lohan considers herself an expert on rehab facilities.
“I’ve been court-ordered to do it six times,” she said. “I could write the book on rehab. Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless. The first few times I was court-ordered to rehab, it was like a joke, like killing time.”
Morgan interviewed her before the confusion erupted over which rehab facility she would enter. After arriving at one – which California officials said was unlicensed – she left for the Betty Ford Clinic, where she spent her last and longest rehab stay.
“I look at it as a good thing,” she said about this rehab visit. “I can come back afterwards and be fully focused on work. But I think there are other things I could do instead of going to a rehab center that would benefit me more. The best thing they could do for me would be to make me go abroad to different countries and work with children.”
Lohan: Clean and sober
If she is not a drug user – she tells Morgan she smoked “some pot” a year ago – or an alcoholic, then why would she need rehab, Morgan asked.
“This is where it gets hard for me to explain,” she said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people taking time to just be by themselves. I think people want to see me do that. They will keep saying the same things about me if I don’t. I don’t think it will be a bad thing for me to be away with myself for three months.”