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    Lindsay Lohan: "I'm Taking Break From Sam to Focus on Myself"

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    She was shunned from the party and locked out of her love nest. Now, Lindsay Lohan exclusively tells E! News that reports of her breakup with Samantha Ronson are true: "We are taking a brief break so I can focus on myself."

    The decision was made Monday morning following a rather rough weekend. First, the 22-year-old was barred entry from a Ronson family party on Friday. Then a locksmith was seen paying a house call to Ronson's abode, where Lohan had resided in recent months.

    Still, as of Sunday, insiders insisted the pair had not broken up and blamed the latest drama on Ronson's family members, who were supposedly engaged in a "smear campaign" to convince the DJ that Lohan was "an outcast and a bully, or a wacko."

    The couple's tempestuous relationship dates back nearly a year (they reportedly celebrated their anniversary in January) and has survived constant rumors of rifts and splits that often proved false.

    In fact, just last week, both Lohan and 31-year-old Ronson were refuting the latest round of breakup speculation.

    While Lohan is said to be struggling with the breakup and holding out hope the two will get back together, Ronson seems in a better place, writing on her MySpace page today that "aura in pleasanton is very pleasant."

    As for what's next for the newly single Lohan? She is logging time with her family in L.A. and, as she recently told E! News, on the hunt for more acting work.

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