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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Lily Collins has forgiven her father Phil Collins for "not being the dad she expected" while she was growing up

The 27-year-old actress wrote a letter to the Against All Odds singer in her autobiography Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, where she details growing up with a celebrity father.

Lily Collins said she had learnt to accept the "sadness and anger" she felt towards the former Genesis singer.
"I forgive you for not always being there when I needed and for not being the dad I expected," she wrote.
"I forgive the mistakes you made. And although it may seem like it's too late, it's not. There's still so much time to move forward."

She also describes her battle with anorexia and bulimia, which she links to stress caused by her father's third divorce.
"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," she said.
"I'm learning how to accept your actions and vocalise how they made me feel. I accept and honour the sadness and anger I felt toward the things you did or didn't do, did or didn't give me."
Collins, 66, married his first wife Andrea Bertorelli in 1975 and the marriage lasted for five years.
The couple had a son, Simon, and Collins adopted Bertorelli's daughter Joely.

Lily is the daughter of Collins' second wife Jill Tavelman, and grew up in the US far away from her father.
"Many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my dad," she wrote.
"I couldn't handle the pain and confusion surrounding my dad's divorce, and I was having a hard time balancing being a teenager with pursuing two different grown-up careers."

The veteran British singer has recently announced a comeback tour called Not Dead Yet, Live.
He declared he was retiring back in 2011, but in a 2015 interview revealed he had changed his mind.
"I stopped work because I wanted to be a dad at home," he said in a news conference.

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