Amid Lindsay Lohan’s long-awaited and well-received comeback, with a new Christmas movie on Netflix, “Falling for Christmas” and more to come, the one-time child star seems to have entered a second act.
With all the goodwill, it’s easy to forget that the 36-year-old actress was once a tabloid fixture.
Her very public hardships, from her dating life to the drama surrounding her parents, Dina and Michael Lohan, were gleefully mocked and sensationalized—even while she was still a teenager.
And much like with Britney Spears, for many years it seemed like sensationalizing and mocking Lohan’s very public hardships had become an industry unto itself.
That hunger to make a spectacle of Lohan reached one of its peaks in 2012, when “Good Morning America” reporter Amy Robach blindsided Lohan on live TV with the news she has a secret half-sister—before Lohan had even heard anything about it.
Who is Lindsay Lohan’s half-sister?
The news was dropped on Lohan when she was trying to mount a previous comeback.
Lohan was on “GMA” to promote the Lifetime Elizabeth Taylor biopic “Liz & Dick,” in which she appeared after a long absence from screens amid rumored substance problems and erratic behavior on set.
“GMA” reporter Amy Robach seemed all too eager to capitalize on Lohan’s renewed notoriety, dropping a “gotcha” on her at the end of their “Liz & Dick” interview.
Lindsay Lohan’s dad, Michael Lohan, fathered another child named Ashley Horn in 1995.
As is evident from Lohan’s shock when Robach dropped the bomb, she was completely unaware of her secret half-sister.
By today’s thankfully more enlightened standards, the clip of Lohan finding out the bombshell news is a bit hard to watch.
“There was news that you allegedly have a new half-sister,” Robach states while probing Lohan on her “family struggles.”
As Robach went on to ask Lohan how she “handles” all the drama, Lohan interrupted her to say:
“I didn’t even hear that, so thanks for the news. I don’t pay attention to any of it.”
She then declined to comment any further, telling Robach, “I don’t really want to get into that, because I want to stay on the positive side of things.”
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