Back in September, social media users had a field day when Lindsay Lohan shared an Instagram Live video of herself on a city street accosting an apparent refugee family, who seemingly didn’t understand what she was telling them when she attempted to take their children with her to her hotel room.
In the video, things become very weird very quickly when Lohan, putting on a bizarre accent, accuses the parents of trafficking their children and then attempts to grab the kids and bring them with her — until their mother clocks the “Mean Girls” star in the head, sending her sailing to the concrete, where she tearfully collapses.
In the annual “Break the Internet” issue of Paper magazine, Lohan is asked about the infamous video — and eventually addresses it. Kind of.
Asked about the incident during a telephone interview, Lohan promises she’ll explain the whole thing — later, in person. “Let’s talk about it in New York,” Lohan tells the interviewer. “It’s better if we speak face to face about it. So you can actually understand what really happened.”
As it turns out, Lohan doesn’t quite address the incident directly, but does allude to it. “There’s actresses, there’s several of them to my knowledge that don’t use Instagram or Twitter. But I feel like you sort of have to,” she explains.
“It’s your way of controlling the narrative,” she adds. “I recently made the mistake of having my phone recording live video, and that I learned from. But I think it’s also important because if you’re doing something and you want to give direct access to your fans, you can contact them and see their thoughts and get an opinion. Whereas in the past, you didn’t have any control over it.”
Later, Lohan does offer a comment — albeit through a rep, via email. “I read the situation wrong,” reads her statement. “I’ve learned from it. And that’s all I have to say.”
In the interview, Lohan — who was arrested numerous times between 2006 and 2013, earning a reputation for being an out-of-cotrol wild child — says she doesn’t understand why she continues to receive negative press.
“I would love to know why I get constantly clobbered in the press,” she tells Paper. “I could do 99 things right and one thing wrong, but it’s that one thing that will be focused on. Behind the scenes I do what I can to be the best version of me, which never gets mentioned. I am also human. I make mistakes. That’s all that seems to get reported.”
You can read more with Lohan in the latest issue of Paper.