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Merle Haggard Offers Advice to Jailbird Lindsay Lohan

Posted by Leigh Durbin on 08/02/2010
Merle Haggard
Lindsay Lohan would be wise to take jailhouse advice from Merle Haggard. After all, the Country Music icon is speaking from experience.
Haggard, 73, is an ex-con who served time in San Quentin prison for attempted robbery. He was inspired to turn his life around after seeing Johnny Cash perform at the prison three times.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Haggard offered some sage advice to Lohan, 24, mixed in with a little tough love.
"I feel sorry for her because she's such a lovely creature and such a talented person, and she's also a spoiled brat," Haggard said. "I don't know if they've put her in with the rest of the inmates. I doubt that they would, but if it happens, she may have to fight her way out of a couple things. She has to be honest, and she has to let the other prisoners know that she doesn't feel like she's any better than they are."
Haggard also wanted to advise Lohan on the importance of paying attention.
"When I was in San Quentin, I paid attention the whole time I was there," Haggard said. “I made sure I didn't borrow anything from anybody. If I told somebody I was going to meet them on a Tuesday, I met 'em. I learned that it's better to be honest, because you can't get away from your lie. I really do feel sorry for her. She's going to have to straighten out her life, otherwise she'll be dead by the time she's 30. That's the bottom line."

In his interview with Vanity Fair, Haggard also revisited his earlier days of hopping freight trains, taking pills with Johnny Cash, his recent choice to stop smoking marijuana and, of course, more tales from his time in prison.
Haggard was also the subject of a recent American Masters documentary called Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself, which is now available at
Source: The Boot