No matter how you feel about Lindsay Lohan, the young actress has revealed some stunning news that will surely help many people see her in a more sympathetic light now: She recently suffered a miscarriage.
Last night, on the season finale of her OWN network documentary series, Lindsay, the Mean Girls star revealed that she had a miscarriage while filming the show. That's why the production—which was documenting Lindsay's recovery and hopes of a career comeback—stopped filming for two weeks.
"I couldn't move, I was sick," she said. "Mentally, that messes with you." Lindsay said the crisis was hinted at in a previous episode of the show when she couldn't leave her room and it was announced "she doesn't want to come down."
She declined to say how far along in the pregnancy she was at the time of the miscarriage or to identify the father, though I'm sure that will become a media guessing game since her list of sexual partners was recently leaked.
While I have never had a miscarriage myself, I know so many pregnant women who have, and it's about the most emotionally excruciating thing a woman can go through. I don't know Lindsay's situation. I'm guessing she probably wasn't looking to get pregnant, but I'm sure the loss she experienced was just as mind-numbing for her as it is for every other woman who has gone through it.
Sure, Lindsay may be getting criticized for revealing such a personal matter on TV during her show's finale, but whether it was a ratings stunt or not, I'm glad she did. More women out there need to realize they're not alone in their pain. Roughly 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage—which is a shocking truth no one really seems to talk about.
My greatest hope for anyone who's gone through a miscarriage—including Lindsay—is that you have someone to talk about it with, whether it's a friend who's a really good listener, your partner, or a professional. You can't keep your feelings bottled up, if you want to move past the tragedy.
Image of Lindsay Lohan courtesy of OWN.