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Lily Collins Forgives Dad Phil Collins for the Mistakes He's Made

Lily Collins Forgives Dad Phil Collins for the Mistakes He's Made

Lily Collins is opening up about her relationship with her dad, singer Phil Collins, and how she forgives him for the mistakes he has made over the years.

The 27-year-old actress wrote an open letter to her father and it is featured in her new book of essays, “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.”

“Because my dad was often gone, I never wanted to do anything that would make him stay away even longer,” Lily wrote in the book, out in stores now. “I became extra careful about what I said and how I said it, afraid he’d think I was angry or didn’t love him. And the truth is, I was angry. I missed him and wanted him there.”

Lily says that after her dad and mom Jill got divorced when she was five, her dad moved to Switzerland, “where he stayed for more than twenty years.”

“I’ve realized that many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my dad,” she said. “It’s taken me over a decade to resolve some of them (others I’m still resolving) and to finally build up the courage to speak my mind to him.”

Click inside to read what else Lily wrote in the letter…

“We all make choices and, although I don’t excuse some of yours, at the end of the day we can’t rewrite the past,” Lily wrote. “I’m learning how to accept your actions and vocalize how they made me feel… I now understand that my frustrations surrounding our communication are not about changing you, but accepting you as you are.”

“I forgive you for not always being there when I needed and for not being the dad I expected,” she added. “I forgive the mistakes you made.”

“There’s still so much time to move forward. And I want to. I’m inviting you to join me,” she concluded in the letter. “I’ll always be your little girl.”

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  • Mar

    He had enough money to fly her to Switzerland for at least a weekend once a month and hopefully every summer. I feel her for. Regardless of the situation or how hard someone tried, it seems to always feel like one parent wasn’t trying enough in a divorce. I’m glad they’re back on good terms. I hate to point out its always when the child is an adult that their relationship gets better and they see each other more often. Its probably a lot of the time, the fault of the opposing parent. Most of the time one parent wants their child to hate the other. Really sad these things can’t be worked out before adulthood

  • LolaLola

    as if the world needed a memoir from a spoiled 27 year old.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    He bought her a career that she neither worked for nor earned in any way. He’s clearly “paying” for his mistakes.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    He bought her a career that she neither worked for nor earned in any way. He’s clearly “paying” for his mistakes.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    He bought her a career that she neither worked for nor earned in any way. He’s clearly “paying” for his mistakes.

  • SamFarrah

    This really isn’t something she needed to make public.

  • SamFarrah

    This really isn’t something she needed to make public.

  • tom

    celebs like her is the reason Trump won the election, They are insufferable

  • ZAK

    No Trump won the election because dumb racist idiots like you voted for him.

  • VanityInsecurity

    these celebs will do anything for attention. un friggin real

  • namers

    Shut up you ungrateful spoiled shit.

  • namers

    For real. I just worked 15 hours in the Election (checks and balances up the wazoo) and that was the talk of the town. Mentally ill society voted for a mentally ill man.

  • parisjok dean

    he did not treat her right as she was growing up and she knew it.

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  • tom

    The American people don’t like to be preached by stupid celebs.

  • Rev

    People like you are the reason why Trump won, ironically enough. You just called a guy you don’t know a “racist” for knocking a young, white celebrity (or for talking about why Trump won). Neither particularly racist actions.

    #AtLeastYouDidntSayNazi.

  • Toni gee

    She’s a little cutie.