Lindsay Lohan Tells Her Story

By Valerie Tejeda 05/06/13

The rehab-bound actress tells Piers Morgan she's more sober than everyone thinks.

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Before starting rehab at the Betty Ford Center on Friday, Lindsay Lohan gave a one-on-one Q&A with Piers Morgan, in which she denied that her drug use is as bad as people think. "Everyone thinks I’m this crazy drug addict who shows up late to everything and behaves so badly," said the 26-year-old Mean Girls actress. "But I’m not. I’m bad with timing." After Morgan asked her about her rumored cocaine use, Lohan denied using hard drugs as often as people may think. "I’ve only done [cocaine] maybe four or five times in my life," she said, "I’ve never taken heroin either, never injected myself with anything, never done LSD. Those things all scare me." Her preferred drugs are "pot, obviously, and Ecstasy," she said. "I liked [Ecstasy] better than the others." After having her first drink at seventeen, Lohan said she was pretty clean through out her teen years. “My friends and I would actually pretend to be drunk. And it was more fun. I never rebelled against my parents," she said, "I worked hard, I was responsible and I didn’t go to high-school parties.” When Morgan asked her, “So you’re not a big drinker, don’t take a lot of drugs—why do you need rehab?” Lohan suggested she needs the time alone, and to get people off her back. "I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people taking time to just be by themselves," she said, "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.”

Lohan has not always shied away from discussing her addiction issues. Before a three-month stint at Betty Ford in September 2010, she wrote on Twitter: "Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn't go away over night. I am working hard to overcome it and am taking positive steps." But the actress told Morgan that the media has overblown her partying and drug use. "I've never been a junkie, and never will be," she said. "I just like going out late to clubs with friends and listening to music. Always have done. It's not that unusual for girls of 26!" Lohan said going to rehab this time around is a "good thing" because it can help her focus on her career, but it's not her first choice. "I think there are other things I could do instead of going to a rehab center that would benefit me more," she said, "The best thing they could do for me would be to make me go abroad to different countries and work with children."

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix,, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.