LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is planning to join the ranks of Madonna, Prince and Bjork -- by dropping her last name, according to her mother.
“Lindsay is dropping the Lohan and just going by Lindsay,” Dina Lohan told AOL celebrity news site Popeater.com on Friday.
The decision appears to be motivated by a desire to distance the “Mean Girls” actress from her estranged father Michael Lohan, who was charged earlier this week with assaulting his girlfriend and who has a history of run-ins with the law.
Dina Lohan told Popeater that she and her younger daughter Ali -- also an aspiring singer and actress -- are officially changing their last names to her maiden name, Sullivan.
Dina and Michael Lohan divorced in 2007 -- the year Lindsay was arrested for drunk driving and cocaine possession and starting a downward spiral of trips to rehab, failed drug tests and jail. The former “Parent Trap” child star is currently facing trial on a jewelry theft charge that could send her back behind bars if convicted.
Dina Lohan said her 24 year-old daughter had been thinking about dropping her last name for some time. But it was only after the infamous 2010 TV ad for online brokerage E*Trade, featuring a baby as “that milkaholic Lindsay”, that the actress realized she no longer needed it.
Lindsay Lohan filed a $100 million lawsuit against E*Trade last year, saying the commercial violated her privacy, but the two sides later settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Lindsay’s plans to go single with her name failed to impress many fans on the Popeater website. “Your name is not your problem Lindsay. It’s your inflated ego, unwillingness to stay out of trouble that are,” read a comment by Stephanie.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte