Phil Collins' daughter writes open letter forgiving him

News 09/03/2017

Phil Collins' daughter and actress, Lily Collins has written an open letter to her father saying she forgives him.

Lily addresses her relationship with her dad in her new book of essays called Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman got divorced when Lily was only 5 years old.

Phil Collins then moved from England to Switzerland, which created an estrangement that she wrote had a profound effect on her.

“Because my dad was often gone, I never wanted to do anything that would make him stay away even longer,” she writes in a chapter titled A Letter to All Dads. “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.”

“I’ve realized that many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my dad,” she writes. “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.”

“Even if they’re listening, sometimes our dads still don’t truly hear what we’re saying,” writes Collins. “So feel free to read this letter to your dad or use it as a guide to write your own … All you can do is stay true and tell him how you feel.”

"There’s still so much time to move forward. And I want to. I’m inviting you to join me, I’ll always be your little girl."