Watch: Lindsay Lohan Tells ‘The Today Show’ That She Is ‘Clean And Sober’


Earlier today, we got to check out the Lindsay Lohan promo videos for her upcoming stint as host on Saturday Night Live this weekend and right now, we get to check out video from her upcoming interview on The Today Show tomorrow morning. According to Lindsay herself, she has given up partying for good … she is now a homebody … and she is clean and sober. Now … as much as I would LOVE to believe her, I simply cannot. BUT, I do believe that if she is serious about cleaning up her act then she is on the right track. Click below to check out L. Lo’s interview on The Today Show to see for yourselves what she says about her new outlook on life.

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In an exclusive interview set to air in full on TODAY Thursday morning, Lindsay Lohan tells Matt Lauer that she is “clean and sober” and she wants “to continue to move forward and in the right direction.” The actress, who will host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, also told Lauer, “I still need to go through the process of proving myself.” Lohan, 25, is one court appearance away from putting her legal troubles from a 2007 drunken driving case behind her. Lauer asked her if, when they spoke last, the actress was in denial. “Definitely,” Lohan said. “And I think it was — it’s a scary thing to have to kind of express to people … I wasn’t as comfortable with myself then. I think it was a fear factor that I had about what was really going on. And, you know, I had to get that wakeup call.” Lohan also told Lauer that the temptation of night life and parties is something she’s avoiding. “That’s not my thing anymore. I went out, actually, a few months ago with a friend. And I was so uncomfortable. Not because I felt tempted, just because it was just the same thing that it always was before. And it just wasn’t fun for me. I’ve become more of a homebody. And I like that.” Lauer says he thought about Lohan when Whitney Houston passed away recently and asked the actress whether news of the singer’s death registered on a personal level. “Not really. That’s kind of a scary, morbid thing to discuss,” Lohan said. But she admits that one can “fall into that world” of substance abuse that robs talent. “I’ve experienced things like that … and it’s a really sad factor that can come into play in people’s lives sometimes if you don’t recognize it.” It may be her change in lifestyle, or at the least the perception that there has been a change, that will help the actress get back to work. “Do you think people have gotten back, or can get back to the point where they trust you?” Lauer asked. “In other words, professional people? You know, if they say to you, ‘Come host ‘Saturday Night Live’,’ that’s a big commitment. And do you think the producers and directors of movies and television projects are going to get back to the part where they can go, ‘You know what? Yeah, we can count on Lindsay. We can bank on her?'” “I think that that’s gonna take — I think that takes time,” Lohan said. “And I think that it’s actions. Because people can say things all they want, but I think I still need to go through the process of proving myself, you know, with ‘SNL,’ being on time, being, you know, keeping my — can’t say the word — but stuff together.” Lohan offers details on reports that she’s set to play Elizabeth Taylor in her next project. “We’re in the middle of casting and figuring — we start production soon,” Lohan said. “I’ve been doing tons of research. But I’ve always kind of researched her. She’s always been a fascinating woman to me. So I’m really honored. And I will not let anyone down, especially myself.” Asked about that need to qualify her commitment, Lohan says she understands how it might be scary for people to invest in her. “I don’t want people to have that reason to be scared anymore. So being able to have this opportunity with ‘SNL’ and the film, I’m gonna do what I’m supposed to do, and enjoy doing it, and do it as best as I can.”

At this point, Lindsay is talking a good game … but, sadly, we’ve heard it ALL before. She’s made it a habit to appear on The Today Show from time to time to swear up and down that she’s gotten her life in order and that she is a changed person. It’s impossible to believe. I know there are people out there who want to take her word at face value but she’s done this sort of thing far too many times to be believed. I do believe that she has it in her to change her life and clean up her act … but it’s gonna take a lot more than just talking about it to make it so. If she is serious about staying clean she will have to SHOW us rather than tell us. I look forward to the day when she can say things like this and we can honestly believe that she is telling the truth.


  • Magan

    Lindsay shouldn’t have to go on any talk show to proclaim that she’s sober. It’s just words, there’s no real meaning behind them. The court system was to busy coddling her when they could have helped her.

  • nicole

    cant watch it with the sound…but i will say this, its nice to see HER doing the interview and not her mom or dad. that has to mean something good right?
    and shes looking a hell of a lot better these days.

  • Can’t addicts who are sober tell you exactly how many days…even after years?

    • kendra

      That’s what I was thinking..To be honest, she looks like she has a little coke bloat going on..And didn’t we just hear about her going to some party? I could have sworn..Aaanywho, I’m sure SNL will be funny, and then we’ll see her passed out in someone’s car again soon.. ;)

    • @Laura — “Can’t addicts who are sober tell you exactly how many days…even after years?” Yes, down to the day … sometimes down to the hour.

    • Patrick

      Hey All…

      I’m just wondering if are you have an addiction problem? Because I do. I’m sober. And for the record, I can’t tell you how many days I have off the top of my head – I would have to do some math for that (let’s see… some months have 30 days, some have 31, one has 28 except for this year which has an extra one, multiply by x, carry the 2, blah blah blah) I CAN tell you THE day I got sober but I don’t count days – I’m too busy living life, working my program and helping other addicts to be bothered with it. It serves no purpose. It’s along the lines of marking days on a wall like a someone in prison counting down to their release. I know plenty of people who can tell you exactly how many days they have and they are bitter, miserable (sober but not recovered) people who are counting the last time they didn’t feel that way. It’s not important to me to be able to tell you how many days I have. What is important is taking the necessary steps daily to ensure that I don’t drink or use, and then try to help someone else do the same.

      The sad fact is that unless you yourself are an addict and have lived through all the horror that it entails you have no understanding of the situation. Plain and simple.

      “Yes, down to the day … sometimes down to the hour.” – Please don’t assume to know what a person struggling with addiction thinks or does and don’t try to speak for addicts who are sober. I don’t recall asking you to speak on my behalf and I’m relatively certain none of my recovery friends did either. If you, yourself, are one of us then feel free to speak of YOUR OWN experience, but please (if this is the case) don’t be so audacious as to speak for us all.

      If you or anyone else has any questions, I would be more than happy to share some facts about addiction as well as my own story of recovery. It might take me a quite a few minutes to figure out how many days it’s been since I last used though, and (if I were on TV) that might cause my segment to run over and would also show the world I’m not so great at math. :-P

    • @Patrick — “Please don’t assume to know what a person struggling with addiction thinks or does and don’t try to speak for addicts who are sober.” I’m not assuming nor am I speaking for anyone in particular. I know what I’ve been told by friends of mine and I believe them … and support their enduring sobriety. I don’t know a thing about you other than what you share here in this comment and I can assure you, I’m not speaking for you (you seem perfectly able to speak for yourself).

    • sarah

      This raised a flag for me too. Not necessarily that she’s using right now, but that she’s not been clean for as long as she’s lead other people (like her judge) to believe.

  • Bella Grace

    @Trent I totally love your blog, but feel like you’re extra hard on Lindsay. I agree she hasn’t really proven herself yet but she’s doing well right now. I look forward to seeing how she does on SNL & what the next chapter of her life has in store for her. People can & do change. Look at Robert Downey Jr & even your beloved Britney was on the trainwreck path for a bit there!! ; )

    • @Bella Grace — “but feel like you’re extra hard on Lindsay” How, exactly, am I “extra hard” on Lindsay? Because I don’t believe her? Sorry, I don’t find that being “extra hard”. You can only believe a person’s lies so many times. I HOPE she is really serious about fixing her life this time around but I do not believe her. I will believe her when she has a few years of solid sobriety under her belt. Until then, I guess I’ll continue to be “extra hard” with my disbelief.

    • BellaGrace

      I’m sorry @ Trent – I didn’t mean it as snippy as it came out! I think that I’m sort of just pulling for her. I feel like she isn’t as blessed as say Britney was to have a supportive family behind her, look at her hot mess trainwreck parents she has. I too had trainwreck parents and got mixed up in drugs and turned my life around, and want her to get her life back on track too.
      And btw – I only know my clean time not down to the days anymore but certainly by years/months (September 22, 1997 14yrs 5 mos) :)

  • cutitout

    I think if she has good work to do and folks would just lay off and stop putting so much pressure on her, she will do fine. There are far worse addicts on the a-list who have no intention in getting any help. She is talented, she just fell into the paparazzi/celebutaunt/ trap. There was a ton of buzz and a strong demand for her a few years ago for a reason. She needs to go back to red, hike up the sweater puppies and make fols remember.

    Honestly, one solid good job and she will be back to the alist in no time. She should do a good indie film.

    • Will

      oh please. the reason lindsay never gets better is because people like you keeps sugar-coating her ass with all this ”so much pressure” bullshit.
      a lot of celebrities have troubled childhoods and live with pressure everyday, but that doesn’t make them a f@ck up like her.
      all the trouble she’s in was brought by herself, and doing interviews or playing elizabeth taylor won’t do anything unfortunatelly.

    • Jstar

      @Will I agree…she always makes the same excuse for why she is such a f-up…pressure, blah blah…I also agree a Lifetime movie is not going to give her an acting career.

    • cutitout


      Wow, you are so nasty. What did she do to you? Sheesh. I really hope she kicked you in the balls or something, otherwise it’s really tragic that you are so impassioned about this.

      No one is “sugar-coating” anything. I seriously doubt she or any other addict intended to become an addict after or before their first hit.I have personally had people in my life struggle with addictions and its a serious, heartbreaking, horrible thing and I wouldn’t wish it on my worse enemy. I will always be in the corner for anyone struggling, hoping they come out on the bright side. If they fall, and most will, I will pray that they can pick themselves up and try again.

      You need to ask yourself why you need to crap on the girl and apparently wish harm and failure on her. Did I miss something? Is she a murderer? a rapist?

      And another thing, addicts are’nt “f@ck-ups” addiction is hardcore, it takes YEARS for most to fully kick a habit once its formed. Its the nature of the beast. In real life, these kinds of problems arent solve in three 1-hour episodes. Get educated.

  • Katherine

    Laura makes a valid point- addicts who’ve come to terms with their addiction and are now sober know how long they’ve been sober.

  • Amarie

    Agreed with Laura and Katherine. She seems like she’s just saying things to get ppl iff her back. And her face looks like she’s gotten fillers. Like in her cheeks bc they’re huge and dont move.

  • Again… from other addicts I’ve heard the same thing. When you are sober you can say exactly the amount of days/months/years… not some vague response.

  • swile71

    I agree as well that she should know that day/month/year that she became sober. Her response was so weak and unconvincing that MANY people are going to think she is still using. I hope she is clean and sober. I still root for her to be well and have a comeback.

  • Maybe she doesn’t want to say exactly how long she’s been sober because the tabloids will scrutinize EVERY photo taken of her in that time period. Why should she have to expose herself to that to appease the public?

    This time I feel like she is trying, and taking it seriously. It’s promising that she recognizes she has to work to gain people’s trust back, industry and otherwise, and that she’s not entitled to roles and jobs.

    • @Lauren xx — “This time I feel like she is trying, and taking it seriously” I hope you’re right but she’s said this exact thing before, many times, on ‘The Today Show’ no less. I can’t even remember how many times Lindsay has said this very same thing. I’d like to believe she’s serious this time so … we’ll see.

    • K

      I agree with the first half of your comment. I don’t think she should be forced to say exactly how long she has been sober. Frankly, it’s a personal journey, and should not have to be public knowledge. If potential employers, or judges, or whomever wants to know, than that is something that can be addressed privately, if and when appropriate. Joe schmo in middle of nowhere America, along with the rest of us, don’t really have to know, as it doesn’t affect our day-to-days.

      As for the second half, meh. Who knows, or really, cares, at this point?

  • I thought her face looked really weird. Has she had some (more) plastic surgery? Maybe I am behind the times but she looks nothing like the girl from Mean Girls. I agree with you, Trent, we can believe it when we see it. Here’s hoping.

  • There are a few things wrong with the way she handled this interview. She has never been candid about her addiction yet the public and ppl in hollywood know she was a cocaine addict. she could have said I’ve been sober from cocaine for X amount of days. i still have a glass of champagne or wine a parties that i attend, but i went to rehab for Cocaine addiction and that is out of my life.
    i agree that she didn’t have to go there with the Whitney question. her prescription med “Adddiction”, if she has one, hasn’t been made public n its no ones business…yet.
    also…she needs to stop bringing up her “Friends” in interviews. she always redirects the convo to general terms, but comparing her situation to others. she still doesn’t have the courage to speak candid about her specific story.
    to me, this is the same old interview. she hasn’t changed. at. all.