The troubled actress, who recently completed a 90-day stint in rehab, was due to fly to Italy to promote her film The Canyons at the upcoming Venice Film Festival later this month.
However, Winfrey claims the Mean Girls star has now decided not to go after the media mogul gave her some advice at the end of their taped chat for Oprah’s Next Chapter.
Speaking on America’s TODAY show, Winfrey says, “At the end of the interview, I said to her, ‘Look, I have some concerns ’cause I hear you’re going to Europe. And I just came from Europe, and Europe is the place to go when you want to feel really good and relax. It’s very hard to go to Capri and not have a Bellini’.
“I was saying, if I were you I would think about it. So she texted me and said, ‘Yes, I will think about it. But, look, I’ve already paid for it.’ And then I just heard this morning she’s decided not to go. Isn’t that good? That she’s decided to stay here (in America) and work on herself? I’m so proud of her for that decision.”
Winfrey also revealed she hopes Lohan will let the public see her struggle to rebuild her life during an upcoming fly-on-the-wall reality TV show which she is filming for the TV titan’s OWN network.
She adds, “I’m anxious to see whether or not this young woman, who is a really, really fine actress, will be able to allow us into her life and let us see the trajectory of trying to put the pieces back together.”
Lohan has been in and out of jail and rehab in recent years, and her latest stint in a clinic in California was ordered by the courts after she pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a car crash last summer.
Her interview with Winfrey will air in the U.S. on 18 August, and her reality show is set for broadcast early next year.