There's an age old debate between nature and nurture. Just how much of our behaviour is inherent, and how much is a part of our environment, our upbringing?
Lindsey Lohan could argue the latter, and for good reason - her Dad, Michael Lohan, has had two of his children (Landon, 2, and Logan, 10-months) taken off him by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
This follows news that Michael and his partner, Kate Major, had a fight in front of the children recently, which would've had a significant role to play in the children being taken by social workers.
"I don't care what it takes"
According to Michael, the responsibility for the fallout is due to Kate - according to him she's a bit of a Mean Girl. Talking to Page Six, he said:
“Kate’s had a major drinking and coke problem for quite a while.
"I keep giving her chances and every time she gets caught, she just makes up a story.
I presented a tape to [the court] today saying ‘I don’t care what it takes, I will do and say anything to get the kids taken away from you."
"Clean slate, fresh start"
Lindsey Lohan has seen her fair share of controversy since making her cinematic debut as the star of The Parent Trap (clip above) in 1998, when she was 11 years old. She has been sent to jail five times and sent to rehab for numerous incidents over the years.
Most recently in May this year, after finishing her probation for a reckless driving offense, she tweeted:
Previously, she has spoken about her troubled childhood. Michael and her mother Dina went through a stressful and public divorce in 2007, and she has since cut off contact with her father.
Naturally, it does raise questions as to whether the former child star's behavior was influenced by difficult childhood. Either way, it's hard not to empathize with her to a degree - of course, there's never an excuse for ending up in prison, but, the pressure of public scrutiny from such a young age must have had an impact.