You know that mini-crisis you go through when you turn thirty? Well, after her milestone birthday last July, actress Lindsay Lohan has taken it from mini-crisis to massive revamp, switching the proverbial shiny convertible for..... converting?
Lohan recently moved to the UAE to turn over a new leaf – starting by switching off social media.
The Mean Girls actress, who has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons in the past, recently erased her presence on Instagram and has had minimal interactions on Twitter and Facebook. The only message left for her fans: ‘Alaikum salam … Inquiries: email@example.com.’
Speculation about her lifestyle choices is now rife, with many Muslims tweeting they’re ‘proud’ of her and sending her ‘peace and blessings’.
Speaking to British media, Lohan said of wiping her Instagram clean: "It was symbolic to me of letting the past go and moving on to the future which was very therapeutic. It's been a long time coming." She went on to say that social media plays far too much of a role in people's everyday lives nowadays and that it can definitely be "negative" with her celebrity status because she's "too connected" to everyone.
This follows the major backlash she faced in her native U.S. after being photographed in NYC in 2015 holding a Quran.
She explained the photograph, saying: “My very close friends in London are Saudi and they gave me the Quran and I brought it to New York because I was learning," claiming "it opened doors" for Lohan to "experience spiritually, to find another true meaning."
However, the U.S. media did not take it well and the Lohan claimed: “They crucified me for it in America,” adding that the media made out that the actress was "Satan" and "a bad person" for holding that Quran.
A spokesperson for Lohan responded to the allegations that she was converting saying: "To my knowledge she is not considering fully converting to Islam, but I know she has been taking a keen interest in the Arabic culture of late."
Following the controversy, the "Mean Girls" star spoke up for the Muslim population in America, saying: “I can’t imagine how many people go through this all the time, and that made me feel like an outsider.”
Before her recent relocation to Dubai, Lohan spent time in Turkey piecing together a resume of advocacy for the Syrian refugee crisis gripping the Middle East.
She appeared on Turkish TV show Habertürk and spoke about the negativity she faced in the U.S., saying: “I was so happy to leave [America] and go back to London after that, because I felt so unsafe in my own country. If this [Islam] is something that I want to learn, this is my own will.”
While in Turkey, it was rumoured that the actress was dating local business magnate Emir Uyar, but the relationship was never confirmed.
Lohan split from her Russian billionaire fiance Egor Tarabasaov last summer after he was physically violent with her in public. The debaucle, which took place on a public beach in Mykonos, Greece, was caught on tape:
Recently she has been exhibiting a weird new accent which she describes as "a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn."
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) November 1, 2016
Lohan's new management team claimed the actress is "in a period of renewal", her manager, Scott Carlsen, adding: "We are extremely happy here at team Lohan, and thrilled to see everyone’s reactions over the next year as we have some big projects lined up."
In a 2013 interview with Oprah, the "Parent Trap" star opened up about her spirituality, saying: “I’m a very spiritual person and I’ve become more spiritual as time has gone on. I’m really in touch, whether it’s prayer or meditation... There are so many powers greater than me in the world. I’ve been blessed and lucky enough to have been given a gift to share with other people.”
Do you think former party girl Lindsay Lohan is on the brink of converting to Islam? Or is this just a comeback publicity stunt to save the acting career she destroyed with her drug and alcohol abuse?
By Salma Thanatos Rizk