Lindsay Lohan’s trials and tribulations have been well documented over the past decade. The former child star seemingly had the world in her pocket after gaining acclaim in movie roles like Disney remakes “The Parent Trap” and “Freaky Friday,” as well as the movie that truly made her a household name, “Mean Girls.”
After her problems with alcohol and drug addiction began to be revealed in 2006, a different picture of her was painted in the public eye. In the subsequent years, she has had numerous trips to rehab, seemingly continuous probation that is not revoked because she keeps testing positive for drugs and apparently can’t stay away from alcohol, and in February 2011 was charged with stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. It was also reported that she routinely missed mandatory classes and meetings that were a part of her rehab.
So why the Lindsay-talk? It ain’t over.
She still hasn’t learned any lesson, and apparently neither has millionaire Sam Magid. It was reported recently that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating her as a suspect in the theft of sunglasses and watches worth around $100,000…from the home of Sam Magid.
Now I understand giving people a second chance, but I’m sorry…this girl has had chance after chance and her personality profile is public knowledge. Would you really invite someone with her track record (and her assistant) to your million-dollar home for a party? And if you did, wouldn’t you have someone watching her at all times?
Her track record is disregarded by many people because she’s a star and that somehow makes her different. However, there are ordinary people with backgrounds like hers that are all over social media and dating sites, and her situation is a great example of the dynamic between reality and what a person like this wants us to perceive as reality.
For instance, her social media profile should be honest, which means that in addition to her achievements it should include:
- 2006: Attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings following “Georgia Rule” filming following reports of heavy partying causing me to be absent from the set.
- Jan 2007: Rehab at Wonderland Center rehabilitation facility.
- May 2007: Arrested for DUI
- May 2007: Rehab at Promises Treatment Center rehab facility
- July 2007: Arrested for DUI, possession of cocaine, driving with suspended license
- Aug 2007: Rehab at Cirque Lodge Treatment Center
- May 2010: Missed mandatory DUI progress hearing
- 2010: 90 days in jail, then 90 days in rehab again.
- Sept 2010: Failed drug test again
- Sept 2010: Jan 2011: Rehab at Betty Ford Center
- Feb 2011: Charged with theft for stealing a necklace from a jewelry store
- Aug 2012: Suspected of stealing 100k worth of watches, etc. from residence
Forget that she’s a movie star. Would you want this person in your home? And how would she really present herself in her social media profile? There are people like this all over social media, they’re just not high profile movie stars. Admittedly, she has achievements, but reality includes everything. Her assessment of herself in Vanity Fair late in 2010: “I know I’m a damn good actress. These were my college years, but they were in the public eye. I was irresponsible. I was experimenting.”
It is this kind of behavior and the incessant excuses for it that make background checks and trusting your instinct so very important. In interviews and dating and social media profiles, we’re all encouraged to put our best foot forward. That’s great, but it’s important to protect yourself because sometimes there’s missing information that would make a big difference in the big picture.