As we are all well aware, Lindsay Lohan has been rehabbing herself at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA while she awaits her next court appearance on October 22 to answer for her most recent probation violation due to 2 failed drug tests. TMZ is reporting that Lindsay has been making huge breakthroughs in her rehab therapy and has come to realize the source of her life’s woes … namely, her father Michael Lohan:
Lindsay Lohan is doing a lot of thinking at Betty Ford, and she’s already reached one big conclusion — she’s in the mess she’s in largely because of daddy Michael Lohan. Some of Lindsay’s friends and relatives tell us … LiLo is spending a lot of time talking to counselors about the path that led her to drug and alcohol addiction. And she’s convinced the nightmare of growing up in such a dysfunctional family has taken its toll. Lindsay repeatedly talks about allegations Dina made in her divorce papers … that Michael abused her. Lindsay says she witnessed it firsthand, and it’s still tough to deal with. In particular, Lindsay claims she had to step in and protect her mother from Michael. Michael has denied allegations of physical abuse. Our sources say Lindsay talks a lot about growing up with a dad who was periodically behind bars. Add to that — she moved out to L.A. at a very young age, with almost no parental supervision.
Not so fast, says estranged daddy Michael Lohan. According to him, he is not solely to blame for Lindsay‘s mess of a life … he believes that much of that blame belongs to mommy Dina Lohan as well:
Michael Lohan is lashing out at claims he’s the root of Lindsay Lohan’s problems — what with the violence, prison stints and general bad behavior. Michael tells TMZ … Dina was violent as Lindsay was growing up, and it left an impression. Michael claims when Lindsay was 4 years old, Dina was arguing with his mom and Dina allegedly smashed a phone across grandma’s face, requiring six stitches. And Michael says, on another occasion — when Lindsay was a teenager — Dina went nuts on Michael, flew over two beds to get to him and accidentally knocked herself out. Michael adds it was Dina’s idea to leave Lindsay in Hollywood at a very young age, even though LiLo had a stalker.
I personally believe that both Lindsay and Michael are right … BOTH of her parents are to blame for her woes. It’s only because Lindsay is close to her mother (who, I believe, enables her reckless behavior … which L. Lo mistakes for love and support) that she is not able to see that she has suffered due to the actions of both of her parents. I gotta say, tho, that the scales to tip toward Michael Lohan more considering he’s a former jailbird. As much as Lindsay is responsible for her own illegal actions (and should be punished for those actions), I do feel a twinge of sympathy at the notion of being raised by Dina and Michael Lohan. If she truly wants to clean up her life, she’s gonna have to do it without the influence of either toxic parent. Ugh.