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Posted Sun, September 5, 2010 2:45pm EDT

Lindsay Lohan Admits: 'I Was Irresponsible' And 'I Want My Career Back!'

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In her a brand-new interview conducted a week before she went to jail, Lindsay Lohan finally addresses the tabloid circus that has been her life for the past few years, placing most of the blame on her father Michael Lohan. “I think my biggest focus for myself is learning how to continue to get through the trauma that my father has caused in my life,” she tells the October issue of Vanity Fair. And even though, she recognizes she has problems to work through, she denies ever being an alcoholic or abusing prescription drugs.

She also recognizes that she needed a firm parental hand in her life, which she never had: “I didn’t have any structure.”

Here’s more of what Lindsay had to say in her revealing interview:

On the future of her acting career:

“I don’t care what anyone says. I know that I’m a damn good actress. And I know that in my past I was young and irresponsible, but that’s what growing up is. You learn from your mistakes.”

On accusations that she’s an alcoholic:

“If I were the alcoholic everyone says I am, then putting a [SCRAM] bracelet on would have ended me up in detox, in the emergency room, because I would have had to come down from all the things that people say I’m taking and my father says I’m taking.”

On rumors that she abused prescription drugs:

“I’ve never abused prescription drugs. I never have — never in my life. I have no desire to. That’s not who I am. I’ve admitted to the things that I’ve done — to, you know, dabbling in certain things and trying things ’cause I was young and curious and thought it was like, O.K., ’cause other people were doing it and other people put it in front of me. And I see what happened in my life because of it.”

On moving to LA and wanting to be a tabloid train wreck:

“It was very go-go-go and I had a lot of responsibility; and I think just the second I didn’t have [structure] anymore. I was 18, 19 with a ton of money and no one really here to tell me that I couldn’t do certain things. … And I see where that’s gotten me now, and I don’t like it. … I would look up to those girls … the Britneys and whatever. And I would be like, ‘I want to be like that.'”

On getting mixed up in the wrong crowd:

“So many people around me would say they care for the wrong reason. A lot of people were pulling from me, taking from me and not giving. I had a lot of people there for me for, you know, the party.”

But the most shocking revelation of all, at least in my opinion, is that a paparazzo tells the magazine that Lindsey PAYS him to take her picture. “If I called her up right now and said I’ll give you $10,000, she’d come right down,” a photographer tells the magazine. Granted, this is not a totally new phenomenon in Hollywood (far from it, actually) but if it’s true, it’s awfully hypocritical for someone like Lindsay who speaks out against the paparazzi every chance she gets.

Exclusive! Michael Lohan’s response:

HollywoodLife.com reached out to Michael Lohan, who had this to say about Lindsay’s Vanity Fair interview:

“[Lindsay] did this interview before she went to jail and rehab. As seen and proven before, with both Dina and Lindsay, it’s one lie after another. I feel sorry for them that they couldn’t hold themselves accountable at the time the article was written, but I feel that maybe after all Lindsay has been through, at least she (Lindsay) has changed.

Unfortunately, I think we have all seen and heard it so many times before. People with drinking, drug or pyschological issues always pad the blame, find excuses and/or create situations to dismiss what the real problems are or who the person(s) to blame truly are.

On numerous occasions, I have openly and honestly admitted what I have done and my part of the problems. So it boils down to whether people want read and believe someone who has been openly honest, or others who have been proven to have lied time after time.

As for the writer of the article, both Lisa Bloom and I responded to what Lindsay and Dina said prior to the article being written, but as usual with Vanity Fair, they only print one side. Our responses and nothing we addressed was written in the article.”