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September 8, 2008

You Don't Mess With the Lohan

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Family turmoil's been a constant for a while now. "It was always up and down," Lohan says of her teen years—"very unpredictable. It was kind of just like whether he was gonna be there, what he would be like; we didn't know what to expect from him, which was difficult. I knew so much at the age of 12—I'd seen so much. So it's surprising to me that I got into certain things that I got into, because I knew not to." Things like cocaine.

And yes, it's hard, living on high alert, braced for the splattering fallout of some monumentally bad behavior. Perhaps it's no surprise that Lohan would ultimately welcome a reprieve in rehab. "It was like a vacation," she says, wide-eyed, in a throaty whisper, "because no one bothered me."

Lohan grabs a journal from her Vuitton bag, opens to a blank page, and starts writing in a bubbly hand the names of people she has invited to her birthday party, taking place at L.A.'s hipster haven the Roosevelt Hotel in two days. She's chosen a prom theme, because Lohan, homeschooled the last two years of high school, never actually went to a prom; furthermore, she feels she's got plenty to celebrate given that she spent her last birthday in rehab. Lohan's lanky, attentive friend Patrick is calling around, looking for some genius prom gear for her to wear.

It's hard to overstate Lohan's appreciation for clothes. "I just love fashion," she says, after lunch in the trailer, flicking a cigarette ash into her half-eaten baked potato. "I think it just expresses who you are so much. Like, if I were wearing stilettos and a black dress and my hair in a bun, it'd be like, 'Oh, Lindsay's back on track.'" For Lohan, the best part about being a cheerleader back in the day was the cute uniform. "I'd get so excited to wear it on game days," she says. "And I got my skirt shortened and didn't tell anyone. Leave it to me to adjust the uniform."

But—and here's where it gets weird—does she crave clothes so much she'd actually steal them? Among the loopier Lohan stories to pop up in recent months is the one about her making off with a Columbia student's mink coat after a party they both attended, and another about her helping herself to armloads of a model's clothes while at a party at the model's home. "That's bullshit," Lohan says of the model incident. "That's all bullshit. It was just a misunderstanding. I'm not the kind of person that does stupid stuff like that for fun. I don't get off on that." Meanwhile, the owner of the mink coat has contacted a lawyer.


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