Not so many years ago, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan were in the same camp ― tabloid-friendly controversy-magnets we’d never dream of taking seriously. In fact, if we had to guess who’d emerge from the media fray less scathed, we might have even picked Lindsay!

Cut to 2013, with Lindsay making near-daily headlines with various psychic-punching incidents and whatnot, while Megan just had her first baby and is starring in a respectable, legitimate comedy This Is 40 (while LiLo is starring in unintentional comedies like Liz & Dick).

So is it any wonder that Megan feels like she’s in a position to judge her fellow starlet?

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No stranger to providing controversial sound bites in interviews, Megan let loose with her typical straightforward gusto in February's Esquire:

When discussing the ink on her body that she now thinks is stupid (hear that, Young Hollywood?), Megan revealed that her first removal is a Marilyn Monroe tattoo.

"I started reading about her and realized that her life was incredibly difficult. It's like when you visualize something for your future. I didn't want to visualize something so negative," Megan said of her former icon.

And here’s where LiLo comes in: "She wasn't powerful at the time," Megan said. "She was sort of like Lindsay. She was an actress who wasn't reliable, who almost wasn't insurable.... She had all the potential in the world, and it was squandered. I'm not interested in following in those footsteps."

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Usually it’s flattering to be compared to Marilyn. In this case, not so much.

Granted, Megan’s quote is hard to argue with, given Lindsay's widely-publicized difficulties on set (most recently, in this in-depth New York Times piece). There's just something surprising about hearing Megan Fox criticize another actress' lack of professionalism.

Megan revealed a little more in the interview about why she's not likely headed down Lindsay's path: "I can't stand pills. I don't like drinking. I don't like feeling out of control. I have to feel like I'm in control of my body... I was raised to believe that you're safe in God's hands. But I don't feel safe with myself."

(We're not entirely sure we'd feel safe with Megan Fox either.)

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Apparently anticipating the headlines that would follow virtually anything anyone says about LiLo, Megan posted an apology on Facebook today:

"There is a reference that is made to Lindsay Lohan that I would like to clarify before it snowballs into something silly… I attempted to draw parallels between Lindsay and Marilyn in order to illustrate my point that while Marilyn may be an icon now, sadly she was not respected and taken seriously while she was still living.

"Both women were gifted actresses, whose natural talent was lost amongst the chaos and incessant media scrutiny surrounding their lifestyles and their difficulties adhering to studio schedules etc… It was most definitely not my intention to criticize or degrade Lindsay. I would never want her to feel bullied, as she does not deserve that… this miscommunication is my fault."

Hmm... too little, too late?

Do you think Megan's comments were valid, and did she mean her apology?

Photos Courtesy of Fameflynet & Esquire