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'They take it seriously': Lindsay Lohan explains Dubai's coronavirus rules to David Spade

Lohan also talked about how much Dubai has grown since she first visited in 2008

Lindsay Lohan appeared on 'Lights Out with David Spade' where she spoke about Dubai at length with the actor. YouTube 
Lindsay Lohan appeared on 'Lights Out with David Spade' where she spoke about Dubai at length with the actor. YouTube 

Lindsay Lohan is currently promoting her new single Back to Me, but in a video chat with David Spade for his show Lights Out with David Spade she talked a lot about living in the UAE and how the country is tackling Covid-19.

“It is very strict here,” Lohan said. “You are not allowed outside, they take it very seriously,” she said of the Dubai regulations.

“Just one person can go out of the house at a time," adding that you can be reprimanded "if you don’t have a reason or aren’t approved for a permit to go to the supermarket, are found without gloves or a mask, or surpass 90 minutes.”

She added that authorities are “cleaning at night and decontaminating the streets”.

Lindsay Lohan at Abu Dhabi's Zaya Nurai Island in February 2020. Instagram 
Lindsay Lohan at Abu Dhabi's Zaya Nurai Island in February 2020. Instagram

Lohan seems to be taking the measures very seriously, saying that she is “offended” when she sees photos of people in New York City “chilling” in the park or sunshine.

Lindsay Lohan on calling Dubai home

During the 14 minute interview, Lohan opened up about life in the UAE at length.

“So, I am in Dubai … kind of like the Wall Street area, it’s like downtown,” Lohan explained of her whereabouts to Spade.

Spade then proved that he is yet to visit, asking: “So, Dubai is a place and that is in where?” To which she replied, with a laugh: “The Middle East. It’s a city built on desert.

“I first came here in 2008 when they just finished building the Atlantis [The Palm] hotel, and there was none of this here that there is now,” she said. “There was no DIFC, Downtown, Dubai Mall … anything that there is now.”

Spade then asked Lohan if she lives in Dubai, and she clarified that she does, and has done for six years now.

“I live here, yep, I have been here for about six years. But I go to New York a lot to see my family … and I was in London before this,” she said, later adding that her sister, Ali Lohan is “stuck here in Dubai” with her.

“I haven’t been to LA in over 10 years,” she also told Spade.

“The paparazzi definitely scared me a lot [in LA], but I haven’t had any real reasons to [come back] recently,” she added. “When I was doing the play, that was a while ago in London, and The Masked Singer is in Australia and recording I can pretty much do anywhere.”

She then added that, as part of her promotional tour for her new song, she plans to fly to the US when flight restrictions are lifted.

At the end of 2019, Lohan announced that she was leaving the UAE to return to the US.

The 33-year-old rang in the New Year in Muscat, Oman. At the time she told CNN’s Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper that she was planning to revive her acting career in the US via satellite interview.

“I’m managing my sister, so I want to really focus on me and everything that I can do in my life and come back to America and start filming again, which I’m doing some time soon in this new year,” she said. “And, you know, just taking back the life I’ve worked so hard for and sharing it with my family and you guys.”

Returning to movies with ‘Mean Girls 2’?

Lacey Chabert, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried in Mean Girls (2004) IMDb
Lacey Chabert, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried in 'Mean Girls' (2004). IMDb

In her chat with Spade, Lohan made sure to mention that, despite currently focusing on her singing career, she still hopes to return to the movie industry.

“I was hanging on to [Mean Girls] for a really long time, I wanted to come back with a Mean Girls 2,” she said. “With the same cast, and work with Tina [Fey] … that was really what I wanted. I was really excited to do that. That’s all in their hands really.”

Watch Lindsay Lohan's interview with David Spade in full here:

Updated: April 16, 2020 01:31 PM

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