Lindsay Lohan is plotting yet another comeback.
The 33-year-old actress and sometime singer released an introspective, bouncy new song, “Back to Me” — her first official single since her 2008 bomb “Bossy.”
“My life’s full of ripped up pages. I’ve been weak, contagious,” the “Mean Girls” star sings over a catchy pop beat. “But I’m coming back, I’m coming back to me. Oh, but I know that everything changes. Hard things turns to basics.” Lohan is expected to release a companion lyric video at 12:30 p.m. ET Friday.
The rhythmic rebound seemingly came out of nowhere. On Tuesday, Lohan first posted a cryptic, 30-second video — accompanied by the caption “I’m back!”— on Twitter and Instagram. She then followed up Wednesday with a brief snippet of the new song, plus an explanation of the tune’s purpose. “The song is about rediscovering and accepting oneself, shutting out the noise and moving forward and letting the past go. Living in the now,” she wrote in a caption.
And while social media reaction brings out the mean-girl detractors — with some folks calling it “terrible” and a “flop”— feedback seemed overwhelmingly positive, with numerous commenters suggesting it’s a “banger.”
“She is back & dam she isn’t playing,” said one Twitter fan, with another adding that Lohan “killed it with this song.” One poster seemed surprised by Lohan’s skills, saying, “It is actually good! Didn’t expect that,” and another even suggested it could be the big hit of summer 2020.
One observer noted that dropping the tune during the global coronavirus crisis was on-point for the troubled star. “Lindsay Lohan making her music comeback during a world-wide pandemic is the most Lindsay Lohan thing Lindsay Lohan has ever done,” wrote one side-eye-slinging tweeter. Another simply thanked her “for blessing our quarantine life.”
Lohan may be using the song for emotional release and to move forward, but some of the material may seem contradictory to her life. In 2013 the famously hard-partying “Parent Trap” star told Oprah Winfrey that she’s an addict and that alcohol is her drug of choice. Yet in one verse of her new jam she turns out the line “I know I drink too much, but it’s okay” in an oddly dismissive way. Maybe that’s part of “letting the past go.”
On New Year’s Eve, she suggested something new career-wise was on the horizon when, on CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen,” she told the hosts that she was “taking back the life that I worked so hard for and sharing it with my family and you guys.”
Coming up with new music has been a long journey for Lohan, who can’t seem to catch a break. In January she announced that a new album would drop at “the end” of February, but that never happened. And last fall she released a music video for new song, “Xanax,” but only posted it on Instagram, where she included a message about “moving forward” in life.
“Family, love, the process of moving forward and letting go of the past. To live and be happy, free of fear,” she wrote. “Just to be grateful and open our eyes to our opportunities instead of numbing the mind.”