How Did Lindsay Lohan End Up Here?

With a jail sentence ahead of her, we ask what brought the troubled starlet to this point -- and what she can do to change

On Tuesday, Lindsay Lohan received a 90-day jail sentence for violating probation in her drunk driving case. Our readers were one step ahead of the judge, with 67 percent voting for Lohan, 24, to spend time in the big house. But oddly enough, the actress herself didn't seem to consider prison as a real possibility. Lohan's face during her sentencing said it all: She was devastated and angry, but most of all, she was shocked. It was the face of a woman who hasn't truly expected to face responsibility for her actions. 

At 24, she's had enough legal, financial and substance-abuse problems for a lifetime. And it's not like there haven't been consequences: Aside from the DUI arrest, there were multiple stints in rehab and countless career opportunities lost. But somehow, Lohan has elbowed her way through the mess, convinced that she's a victim and not a perpetrator. She even seems to believe her own version of the truth: It wasn't her cocaine, she wasn't driving the car, she really tried to make her court hearing from a yacht in France. Before sentencing, the actress tearfully told the judge that she wasn't trying to get special treatment. But all she's ever known is special treatment.

Looking back, it almost seems like Lohan never had a chance. Her parents micromanaged her career as a child star, pushing her toward the success they never had in their own lives -- and competing with each other for ownership of that success. She got very famous, very fast, at an extremely vulnerable time, just as she was entering her teens. As soon as the actress was old enough to make her own decisions, she started making bad ones. Her parents were far too invested in her career to pull her away from the bad influence of Hollywood. She never had a safety net. What she did have was a crowd of fawning admirers who let her get away with her bad behavior, plus a scathing tabloid press that gave her a permanent persecution complex. Maybe internalizing all that love and hate is what turned Lindsay into a ticking time bomb.

So will jail have the desired effect of turning Lohan's life around? That really depends on whether she accepts one simple fact: That she's there as a consequence of her own actions. If she can accept responsibility for that much, then she can start to take responsibility for her career, her relationships and her life. Really, it's the same process that anyone in their early twenties has to go through to become a self-sufficient adult. But Lindsay doesn't think she's just anyone. And that's how all the problems started.

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