(Jan. 4) -- Lindsay Lohan says she battled drug use and bulimia in an explosive interview that hit newsstands on Wednesday, just as news circulated that she was admitted into a Miami hospital for a severe asthma attack.
The 19-year-old actress, whose acting and music careers along with her partying lifestyle have made her a paparazzi favorite, tells Vanity Fair that she was "sick," and that "I had people sit me down and say, 'You're going to die if you don't take care of yourself.'"
Lohan also says she used drugs "a little," but then adds "I've gotten that out of my system. ... I don't want people to think that I've done ... you know what I mean? It's kind of a sore subject."
The "Mean Girls" star cites Hollywood pressures along with emotional scars left by both her erratic father and her breakup from her first celebrity boyfriend, "That '70s Show" star Wilmer Valderrama as causes for her downward spiral.
Lohan credits "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels with saving her from bulimia, saying he staged an intervention after she hosted the show. "I just started bawling," Lohan said of the incident. "I knew I had a problem, and I couldn't admit it. I saw that 'SNL' after I did it. My arms were disgusting. I had no arms."
Lohan also says her family was terrified of her physique. "My sister, she was scared. My brother called me, crying," Lohan said in the interview.
The New York
Post, reporting on the Vanity Fair article, says that the magazine was contacted by Lohan's publicist to try to have the references to drug use taken out of the story.
As for her recent hospitalization, Lohan was in Miami for New Year's Eve when the severe asthma attack occurred, her publicist, Leslie Sloane, said. Sloane said the steamy Miami humidity may have contributed to Lohan's attack, as she has suffered from asthma since childhood.
Career-wise, Lohan's next project is "Chapter 27," a film about John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, starring Lohan as a Lennon fan who befriends Chapman (played by her rumored boyfriend Jared Leto) in the days before Chapman assassinates the Beatles legend outside his New York apartment building.