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Lindsay Lohan On How Paparazzi Caused Her 'A Certain Kind Of Anxiety'

Lindsay Lohan's life tells a story of fame - rising to the highest echelons as a Disney-affiliated star_,_ her incredibly well-documented fall from grace has been pored over and written about and accompanied by all sorts of photos. In case she didn't have enough spotlight on her, though, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club is an upcoming MTV reality series due to air in the US from January 8th, and to promote it, the star has spoken all about what fame's done to her. Whether that was her intention or not, that's where pretty much any interview with her's going to head, right?

As ever full of contradictions, during an interview with Paper magazine - they also did a shoot where she’s dressed up in several Disney princess outfits - to promote an unscripted TV show, she spoke of the merits of social media.

‘There’s actresses, there’s several of them to my knowledge that don’t use Instagram or Twitter.

‘But I feel like you sort of have to. It’s your way of controlling the narrative.’

To say Lindsay Lohan hasn't always been in control of the press around her is a bit like saying December is a bit cold and wet sometimes. From the peak of her fame to this summer, after she put an Instagram Live Video out of her, speaking in a strange accent, following a homeless family who she presumed to be Syrian refugees. In the footage, Lindsay offers to take the children, before accusing the parents of being child traffickers. She grabs a child’s hand and then the mum punches Lindsay, who ends up on the ground. What on earth was she thinking?

‘I recently made the mistake of having my phone recording live video, and that I learned from,’ is pretty much all she’d say about that incident, and an email via a rep to Paper goes so far as to explain this strange happening as: ‘I read the situation wrong. I’ve learned from it. And that’s all I have to say.’

Learning from past mistakes is a habit of Lindsay’s, who’s been hounded by the press for so much of her still-young life, even before she started broadcasting it to hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers. She said that ‘in the press, if you sneeze, they’ll make it look like you were crying.’ and her move to Dubai, before 2015, is thanks to United Arab Emirates’ ban on paparazzi: ‘In America,’ however, ‘even once they get the picture, they still follow you. It does bring out a serious kind of anxiety.’

Lohan won’t be drawn on the politics of Dubai, though, simply saying: ‘people don’t emphasise negativity’ there.

In conclusion, the Mean Girls star, who sadly couldn’t be in Ariana Grande’s music video for thank u, next, because, well, that would have been too perfect, said: ‘I am who I am. I’m a good person. I take care of myself. I’m healthy. I like to have fun, but that doesn’t mean I need to go out and drink and be crazy.’

So what’s the show going to be about without Lindsay being a hot mess? Well, in the trailer she says she’s going to be a ‘boss bitch’ in pursuit of a ‘fucking empire’, with a bunch of younger staff to supervise and keep in check: ‘It’s funnier to watch other people party,’ she says