Following months of intense but unconfirmed media speculation about her apparent romantic relationship with another woman, actress and pop star Lindsay Lohan subtly acknowledged her involvement with British DJ Samantha Ronson during a nighttime call-in to the syndicated radio program Loveline on September 22.
Lohan and Ronson had phoned the show to discuss the recent plane crash survived by former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and the celebrity disc jockey DJ AM, an associate of Ronson’s. Just before the conclusion of the interview, Loveline host DJ Ted Stryker asked Lohan, “Now, you guys, you and Samantha have been going out for how long now? Like two years? One year? Five months? Two months?”
The star of films such as Freaky Friday and Mean Girls responded, “A long…a very long time.”
When Stryker closed by saying, “Well, I hope you guys stay together. You are a very lovely looking couple,” Lohan replied, “Thank you very much.”
Although Lohan has yet to use the words “gay” or “lesbian” in reference to herself in public, the low-key radio exchange was considered a verbal confirmation of what her actions, and the comments of others, have already all but declared. However, in a repeat of the pattern of denials thus far, her publicist contacted TV Guide afterward to say the radio comments only confirmed a close friendship, and not a romantic relationship.
On the other hand, on September 24, Lohan spoke in The New York Post’s Page Six column through a representative to refute comments her estranged father made against Ronson. “Samantha is not evil,” Lohan said. “I care for her very much and she’s a wonderful girl….She loves me, as I do her.”
Femme fatale Lohan, 22, and the boyishly cute Ronson, 31, openly attend high-profile events like Fashion Week together, have been photographed kissing, and are even rumored to be engaged. Weeks ago, the Los Angeles-based pair used Lohan’s MySpace blog to blast Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as “a narrow minded, media obsessed homophobe” with a desire to “save and convert the gays.”
In July, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton seemed to out Lohan when he credited her relationship with calming the formerly troublesome star, whose well- publicized booze and drug behavior drove her to rehab three times. The police chief said that the city experienced fewer problems with the paparazzi since the star, a tabloid favorite, had “gone gay.”
Indeed, Lohan does appear to have rehabilitated her party girl image, if not become entirely domesticated in her life with Ronson. Now a guest on ABC’s Ugly Betty, she will release a new album, Spirit in the Dark, in November, and star in the 2009 film, Labor Pains.