In 2008, several media outlets began commenting on Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson, who were regularly seen being affectionate in public. In July 2008, several newspapers, including The Times and Los Angeles Times, published opinion pieces describing their relationship as romantic. On September 22, 2008, it was widely reported that Lohan confirmed she was in fact dating Ronson during the syndicated radio program Loveline.
During the program, DJ Stryker asked “You and Samantha, have been going out for how long now?…Like two years, one year, five months, two months?” to which Lohan laughed, and replied “For a very long time.” Stryker then went on to say “Well, I hope you guys stay together. You are a very lovely looking couple.” to which Lohan replied “Thank you very much.” Her publicist originally stated that there was no confession; however, on October 14, following a tabloid report by Britain’s Daily Mail that claimed Lohan and Ronson’s relationship was “on the rocks”, Lohan’s publicist told Access Hollywood that the report was inaccurate and that “They are fine.” When personally asked by a paparazzo, Ronson denied the break-up rumors responding, “Are you [expletive] kidding me!?”
Lohan’s father Michael Lohan has been very outspoken in his disapproval of Lohan’s relationship with Samantha Ronson and on September 24, 2008, Lohan wrote a response to him via e-mail to the New York Post: “Samantha is not evil, I care for her very much and she’s a wonderful girl….She loves me, as I do her.”