Watch: Lindsay Lohan Calls Rehab ‘A Blessing’, David Letterman Makes Her Cry

"I don't think it's a bad thing."

Last week we learned that Lindsay Lohan would be making an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman this week … and last night was the night. Lindsay sat opposite Letterman to promote her upcoming guest appearance on the Charlie Sheen series Anger Management as well as her cameo in Scary Movie 5 and, of course, to talk about her upcoming court-ordered 90 stint in rehab. Letterman grilled her a bit on her upcoming visit to rehab and Lindsay shot back blasé answers that really make her punishment seem like no big deal. I mean, it’s not a big surprise that Lindsay doesn’t seem to be taking her punishment seriously. According to Lindsay, she doesn’t see rehab as a “bad thing” but, instead, as “a blessing” … which is why she’s gone to rehab so many times and has lived such a blessed life, I think. Click below to watch video from Lindsay‘s appearance on The Late Show last night and hear for yourselves what she has to say about her upcoming fortuitous stint in rehab.

Lindsay Lohan wouldn’t say what troubles drove her to rehab or what kind of treatment she’ll receive, but the actress insists she welcomes the experience, even if it is court-ordered. “To be honest, I’m happiest when I’m working – the healthiest,” she said Tuesday night on The Late Show with David Letterman. “I think this is an opportunity for me to focus on what I love in life. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think it’s a blessing.” Lohan, 26, escaped a jail sentence last month when she reached a plea agreement in a lying-to-police case that calls for three months in a locked-down rehab facility, starting May 2. Appearing on Letterman to promote the film Scary Movie V and the TV show Anger Management, Lohan got a warm reception from the audience despite a couple of awkward moments when she bristled at Letterman’s questions or simply refused to answer them. When Letterman asked, “How many times have you been in rehab?” The obviously uncomfortable Lohan answered only, “Several.” “And how will this time be different?” he continued. “What are they rehabbing, first of all? What is on their list? What are they going to work on when you walk through the door?” “We didn’t discuss this in the pre-interview,” she answered. But Letterman continued to (lightly) grill her, asking when she was supposed to go to rehab, and who would be taking her. Looking away, Lohan awkwardly answered, “Jimmy Fallon … and you. And Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels.” But the actress was quick to clarify, “I don’t want people to think I’m making a joke about [rehab]. It’s not a joking matter.” Seemingly serious for a moment, Letterman praised Lohan, telling her, “We never thought we’d see you again, honestly, because of the jokes and stuff. But yet you have enough spine, enough sense of yourself, enough poise, to come out here and talk to me.” His reaction caused Lohan to briefly tear up – but the moment of seriousness was punctuated with yet another (awkward) joke, as she reached for a mug on his desk and sipped, saying, “Oh, I thought this was going to be vodka. Shucks!” “You gotta stop drinking,” Letterman jokingly chided. “They don’t let you drink in rehab.”

Before Lindsay checks herself into rehab on May 2, she will be partying her ass off at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival this weekend (and likely the following weekend as well) and then she will attend a premiere event for Scary Movie 5 with Charlie Sheen as her date. Clearly, she is taking her upcoming stint in rehab seriously. I mean, at this point … what else is there to say? Her critics will maintain that she isn’t seriously about her recovery. Her enablers will say that she’s being picked on. And Lindsay herself will continue to make a career out of being a trainwreck. The sun will also rise in the East tomorrow morning. I will continue to hope that Lindsay will, one day, get her act together but … I don’t think that time has come just yet. Let’s pray that she figures out how to save her own life before she runs out of life to save.

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  1. Jstar

    that was a very awkward interview. she is not an interesting person other than her trainwreckiness….

  2. ella

    To be fair, I don’t think it’s really great to see rehab as “punishment”… rehab is meant to be a cooperative process of healing and skills-building, and if the person who is meant to be helped by it is treating it like a terrible punishment they have to endure, it’s even less likely to work. That said, she’s still saying she’s a “target” and doesn’t seem to have much awareness of her problems or any commitment to change, so it doesn’t seem like this is any kind of turning point in her recovery. Sad.

    • @ella — “”I don’t think it’s really great to see rehab as ‘punishment’”

      I completely agree. Rehab should be treatment. Jail should be punishment. But in lieu of jail and because of the prosecutor’s unwillingness to actually go after a serious punishment sentence, she is being “punished” with rehab. It’s no wonder she can’t ever get better … everyone coddles her to death.

    • “she’s still saying she’s a “target””

      Exactly…and then she goes partying immediately after leaving Letterman. She blames her problems on other people, and has yet to take responsibility for herself.

  3. I get that she wanted to focus on her projects she is promoting, but she opened the interview up to the other line of questioning by talking about rehab being a blessing. I can’t tell if I like that she is able to laugh at herself, or if that just reminds me that she sees her legal troubles as a joke. I will say she looks lovely and sounded sober and healthy. And I really hope rehab helps her, because the old LiLo kind of appeared here and I’ve missed her.

  4. Well said Trent, well said.

  5. MJ

    While I love to criticize and get extremely annoyed at LiLo and complete disregard for her own life, at the end of the day I just find it sad. She’s a very pretty girl and Mean Girls was awesome. If she’d been more focused on the work and less on the “I’m tired of rumors starting, I’m sick of being followed….” she could have done so well.

    After seeing her train wreck mother on Dr. Phil, I can’t help to see that she’s her mother’s daughter. Not that she’s not an adult who needs to own her decisions.

    I feel like Lindsay’s fame is a vicious cycle. As much as people complain and ridicule, the press still covers her and she’s still famous. Maybe if we all left her be and she realized that no one cared if she acted like a spoiled brat, she might get her act together.

  6. Vicky

    Let’s see if she survives Coachella and even makes it to rehab

  7. This is superficial, but when I look at her, all I can think is “God, she looks old.”

    So sad. I hope she can get it together this time.

  8. Nikki

    David Letterman is an ass. He kept pressing the issue, even though her appearance was supposed to be about her acting. I think she handled herself with a lot of poise.

  9. shannon from MN

    I still think she’ll die of an overdose sooner than later. I’m not wishing death on her at all, but it seems like she’d rather kill herself with her hard-partying ways than realize her problems and deal with them in a productive and positive manner.

  10. Shannon m.

    …her face. What did she do do it? :|

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