Was Lindsay Lohan’s Saudi boyfriend behind her ‘embracing Islam’?

Lindsay Lohan
Updated 20 January 2017

Was Lindsay Lohan’s Saudi boyfriend behind her ‘embracing Islam’?

JEDDAH: Has US actress Lindsay Lohan “embraced Islam”? And was her Saudi boyfriend responsible for her change of faith? These are the questions being asked and discussed on social media as a result of Lohan’s recent interview on Turkish TV.
During the interview, she described the backlash she experienced in America when she was pictured holding the Holy Qur’an.
“A very close friend of mine, a Saudi, gave me a copy of the Qur’an and I brought it to New York because I was learning,” Lohan said. “It opened doors for me to experience spirituality and to find true meaning. This is who I am,” she said.
It is unclear if she embraced Islam or not, but the suspicions of her embracing the new faith were further fueled after she wiped her Instagram account clean and wrote the Islamic greeting “Alaikum salam” in her bio last week.
Lohan said the reaction from her fellow Americans to her photo carrying the Qur’an was “horrible” and that she felt like an outsider in her own country.
“They crucified me for it in America. They made me seem like Satan. I was a bad person for holding the Qur’an,” she said during the Turkish Television interview which has been widely shared on YouTube.
“I was so happy to leave (America) and go back to London after that because I felt so unsafe in my own country. If this (Islam) is something that I want to learn, this is my own will.”
In an interview last year with The Sun, a British tabloid, Lohan spoke about how Islam calms her down.
The actress has made headlines in the past because of her fondness for the Middle East and her humanitarian work with refugees in Turkey and Syria.
According to social media buzz, Lohan is currently in Dubai, where she is learning Arabic.


Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

Updated 40 min 14 sec ago

Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

  • US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic
  • Elective medical procedures resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery

MIAMI: Quarantined Florida residents worried about their laughter lines and crows’ feet need frown no longer — Botox is back, and it’s being offered at a drive-through.
On May 4, the US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic. That means certain elective medical procedures could resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery.
Michael Salzhauer, a plastic surgeon known as ‘Dr. Miami’ who has also starred in a reality television show, has been conducting drive-through Botox injections in the garage of his building in the posh Miami neighborhood of Bal Harbor.
Salzhauer said the idea struck him as he was sitting in his car waiting for a blood test for COVID-19 antibodies.
“The areas that we inject Botox are the upper face, exactly the parts of the face that aren’t covered by the mask so it’s really ideal,” Salzhauer said, while wearing a mask, face shield and surgical gown as he waited for his next drive-up patient.
Patients sign up online, paying an average of $600 each for a stippling of shots across their foreheads.
Arman Ohevshalom, 36, was enthusiastic as he waited in line with his wife in their car, although it was their first time receiving the injections.
“It’s very creative, and after seeing how they’re running it I feel just as comfortable as I would in the office,” he said.
Florida’s tattoo artists, however, are frustrated. Shuttered since March, they asking why they cannot open, too.
Botox injections are “kind of like tattooing, he’s injecting stuff into the skin,” said tattoo shop owner Chico Cortez. Florida is home to about 10,000 working tattoo artists, according to the Florida Professional Tattoo Artist Guild.
An emailed statement from a Miami-Dade County spokesperson said Mayor Carlos Gimenez has yet to set a date for reopening tattoo shops. “He is working with industry members and the medical experts to come up with the best way to reopen safely,” it said.