As new images reveal the toxic nature of her romance with Russian businessman Egor Tarabasov, Lindsay Lohan has spoken publicly for the first time about the violence in their relationship.
After two weeks of intense drama – which saw Lindsay suggest she was pregnant and openly claim Egor had cheated on her – the troubled star has now told the Daily Mail that there have been numerous instances of violence since she and Egor first began their romance less than ten month ago.
Speaking of the night Lindsay was heard screaming outside her London home that Egor had tried to strangle her, the star said: “Egor and I had been out for dinner. We danced, it was fun.”
“When we got home I went to bed and Egor went out. A few hours later he came back and when I woke up he was standing over me. He wasn't himself, he was being very aggressive and he attacked me.”
The Freaky Friday actress then revealed her motivation for now sharing her story. She said: “I wanted to do this interview because it's time to tell the truth.”
“There have been so many lies printed about me recently. I've kept quiet for so long but now I'm scared of what Egor might do to me and to himself.”
“It's not the first time. That's the problem. But this time, someone saw. I didn't call anyone, I've dealt with enough police in LA. I just left the house and went to the Connaught [Hotel] for the night.”
“I contacted my good friend Hofit Golan who was in St Tropez. She said, ‘Get on a plane, come and meet me,’ so I did. I needed some time for myself.”
Despite their troubled relationship, the former child star told the Daily Mail she is still wearing her engagement ring because she had hoped to reunite with Egor.
She said: “I haven't taken it off, even after all this…The truth is, I wanted to make things work, but now I'm not sure that I can.”
“I know I'm not an angel but I've tried to fix things. It's down to him now. I had suggested we go for couples' counselling but there comes a time when I have to put myself first, my family, and also think about my career which I've worked so hard for.”
“I also don't want to let my fans down by not being the strong woman I have become.”
Lindsay – who admitted she had hoped to get married and start a family with 23-year-old Egor – said: “I realise now you can’t stay in a relationship just for love.”
“No woman can be hit and stay with that person if that person isn’t prepared to say sorry.”
We hope Lindsay remains strong during this difficult time.