Super siblings Mark, Samantha and Charlotte Ronson are opening up about talent, the tabloids and Ms. Lindsay Lohan.
In a new interview with Harpers Bazaar, the London-born rock aristocrats reveal what it’s like to be in a famous family, and how they deal with intense media scrutiny.
"I stay away from the tabloids," Samantha, 31, tells the magazine. "I don’t feel that I should personally have to defend myself to a magazine that I’m not a drug addict. I don’t do drugs. I don’t sell pictures of my friends."
Sam’s older brother is used to the crush. Mark Ronson, 32, is a highly acclaimed music producer who won three Grammy Awards this past winter, in part for his production of Amy Winehouse’s album Back to Black. The two later parted ways; a falling out that Ronson hints may have had something to do with Winehouse’s drug use.
"At the time, it was hard to get some work done," he says diplomatically. "But she’s been in the clinic. I’ve been to visit a few times, and she just looks amazing."
Samantha, who is recognized as a celebrity DJ, is sought after by nightclubs from L.A. to Mumbai. But it’s her friendship with Lohan that has catapulted her into the spotlight.
"I’m not going to talk about Lindsay because she’s my friend, you know?" she says. "She’s great. She’s also 22 years old. I think people forget that. With the Internet the way it is, one second we’re enemies, one second we’re best friends, one second we’re lovers, and then we’re broken up."
Samantha says it’s hard fending off the questions about her personal life. Recently she changed her Facebook profile status to "in a relationship" setting off rumors that she and Lohan were dating.
"Even the airport-security guy in Canada asked me, ‘So is it true?’" she laughs. "It’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m telling you!’"
Twin sister Charlotte adds, "The funniest thing was, I bought a bunch of those tabloid magazines and didn’t even notice that Samantha was on the cover of one."
In an email to Harpers, Lindsay wrote, "I love the Ronsons. They’re close to me and I respect all the work they do. Samantha and my relationship is a private matter."
Charlotte, who designs clothing and counts Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani as clients, says she’d rather see the paparazzi used for a more practical purpose.
"When Samantha is walking around and all of the paparazzi are shooting her, I should have her wear a T-shirt that says, "Wear Charlotte Ronson" on the front. And on the back, it could say, And Leave Me Alone," she jokes.