It’s almost heartbreaking to watch. Vintage footage of Lindsay Lohan, taken at her sweet 16th birthday party, smiling and giggling happily as she and her family arrive in Miami to celebrate the big day.
RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the video, shot in July of 2002. Lindsay, now 23, looks healthy and appears delighted to be with her then married parents, Dina and Michael Lohan, and her three siblings, Michael Jr., Ali, and Cody.
The video, shot like a home movie, begins with the entire Lohan family arriving at Miami International Airport where they get into a limo to take them to their hotel. The cameraman asks Lindsay what she plans to do in Miami and she answers innocently, her freckled face beaming, “You know, lay in the sun, go shopping, do some singing.”
Later at the hotel, the family is milling around the lobby when Lindsay suddenly goes, “Where’s my dad?” She spots him at the concierge desk checking in and says, “Oh, there’s my dad!” before bounding over to where he is.
At the time, the other man in Lindsay’s life was teen sensation Aaron Carter (brother of Nick Carter). The two were dating at the time.
Aaron attends Lindsay’s party and the two adorably switch off between looking awkward with each other and cuddling in the corner.
It’s quite a different picture of the woman Hollywood has seen Lindsay evolve into.
Over the last 8 years, her parents have divorced and pitted her against each other in a bitter feud that’s been played out ruthlessly in the public. Then there are the DUI arrests, her shrinking weight, the decreasing movie roles and her father’s outspoken comments about Lindsay’s alleged prescription drug habit.
When asked to comment on the poignant video, Michael told RadarOnline.com:
“While I feel I have exhausted almost every avenue with hope of getting through to Lindsay and my other family members, I still hold hope and will not give up. It is by faith that I believe things WILL change. Notice the clarity, her demeanor, the closeness, the light in her eyes and the happiness. Notice what she-- and things were like BEFORE!”
“To Lindsay and my family, please realize how sorry I am for the mistakes I made. People can say what they want, but each and every one of us knows the truth. Things have, and will continue to change for the better. You will see that. But along the way, if I have to make sacrifices, be the scapegoat or suffer the consequences for the mistakes I or anyone else made, I will! Because that's true love and I love all of you!”