Despite their very public feuds in the past, Lindsay Lohan maintains that she loves her parents and doesn’t feel exploited by them.
While acknowledging that hurtful things have happened in the family, Lohan told Oprah Winfrey in a wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday on “Oprah Winfrey’s Next Chapter” on OWN, that she does not blame her parents, Dina and Michael Lohan, for her poor choices nor does she feel that they took advantage of her.
“I don’t think anything was intentionally done in that way,” Lohan told Winfrey. “I hate what a bad rap people give my parents. Because they are just parents, really, at the end of the day trying to stand up for their daughter and themselves.”
“Nobody’s perfect,” Lohan added. “I love my parents. And I’m not going to say that certain situation, I would have preferred to have been handled differently. Certain things I would have preferred to have been kept within my family, in private. But that’s in the past.”
Lohan’s triangular feud with her parents reached a boiling point last year, when her father secretly recorded a phone call during which Lohan accused her mother of using drugs. Lohan made the tape public and it went viral.
“She wasn’t out of control. I was out of control,” Lohan said, admitting that she lied about her mother taking cocaine. “It was a bad mother-daughter fight. I said a lot of things that weren’t true. I hadn’t slept enough and I was acting out. I was acting like a crazy person. … I was really ashamed by that.”
Lohan was equally hurt by her father betraying her.
“That killed me — and that was their own battle,” Lohan said. “I think it was his own thing with my mom, which is something that they over time have been working on.”
Today, Lohan said her parents get along and she is close to both of them.
“I’m seeing them this week, the two of them (together) for lunch,” she told Winfrey. “It’s nice being in the right place and good things happen.”
Still Lohan admitted that she has asked both her parents to “keep our life private please.”
The 27-year-old actress did the interview four days after her release from court-ordered rehab — her reported sixth stint in rehab.
She also told Winfrey that she was an addict and alcohol was her drug of choice.
Lohan said subconsciously she “wanted to go to jail” so she could “find some peace and just have no choice but to just sit and be.”
Now back at work, she recently guest-hosted “Chelsea Lately” and filmed an episode of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.” She is currently starring in the erotic thriller “The Canyons.”