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Lindsay Lohan's sit-down with Oprah Winfrey was supposed to change our opinion of the troubled actress. Look how far she's come, we were supposed to say. Look how honest with herself she's being! Look how rehab has changed her!
Unfortunately, not even Oprah could pull off an image makeover of that magnitude. Lindsay was very forthcoming and contrite about some things, admitting (finally!) that she has an addiction problem and spent much of her life in denial. But on others, she remained vague and unconvincing. She refused to reveal the moment she first realized she was in trouble, denying Oprah her prized "a-ha moment." She didn't indicate that she had any kind of support system, or anything to take the place of her all-consuming partying hobby. We don't think she's out of the woods, basically. But we're happy to acknowledge that she has made some progress. Here are four good omens -- and four red flags -- from Lindsay Lohan's hour-long conversation with Oprah.
Good Sign: Lindsay called herself an alcoholic. In past interviews, even those interviews specifically about jail and rehab, Lohan has refused to label herself an addict. In the Oprah interview, she said outright that she was addicted to alcohol, and that it has been "a gateway to other things for me."
Red Flag: Lindsay may not have been forthcoming about her drug use. She told Oprah she only used cocaine about "10 or 15 times," which may be true -- but in the past, she said it was "3 or 4." And she heavily implied that alcohol was a gateway to multiple drugs. Are there still substance abuse issues that she's denying?
Good Sign: She's getting to the root of the problem. "I grew up in a very chaotic home and there were moments of everything being just wonderful and perfect and then things being so uncontrollable and chaotic," Lindsay told Oprah, who suggested that Lohan was "addicted to chaos." Lindsay says that she "waited too long to face" her childhood issues, "even though I've been going to see a therapist for years and years."
Red Flag: Lindsay is giving her parents a pass. "I hate what a bad rap people give my parents," she told Oprah. "Because they are just parents, really, at the end of the day trying to stand up for their daughter and themselves." Well, yeah, but they're also selling stories about her to the media, shamelessly profiting from her fame, and using her as a pawn in their marriage battles. Should she really be sticking up for them?
Good Sign: Lindsay is trying to be introspective. "As long as I stay honest with myself, and do the work that I'm willing to do, and have been willing to do, and am doing -- then there's nothing that can stand in my way," she says. "I'm my own worst enemy."
Red Flag: Lindsay kind of sucks at being introspective. "I'm a very spiritual person, and I'm really in touch with... there are so many powers greater than me in the world, and I've been blessed and lucky enough to have been given a gift to share with other people," she gushes. So Lindsay acknowledges there are powers greater than her, but once again, she makes it all about her. Baby steps.
Good Sign: Lindsay has decided to stop blaming the media for her bad rep. "If I'm going to put myself in a public situation, that's open season for people to say what they're going to say," she wisely observed. "I can't control that. I can control not putting myself there."
Red Flag: Lindsay is now blaming the media for not giving her enough credit. "Normalcy is not interesting, it's not a good story," she scoffed. "Me trying to be happy and accepting that I'm happy now -- that's boring." Actually, no, Lindsay -- people actually love a good comeback story. It's just that you keep saying you've changed, and then doing the same stupid things again. You'll get that fawning magazine story the moment you've earned it.