Lily Collins Opens Up About Complex Relationship with Father Phil Collins

Lily Collins opens up about her struggles with an eating disorder and complex relationship with her famous father, Phil Collins, in her memoir. The actress has found success with her starring role in Netflix's Emily in Paris, which reached 58 million households in its first 28 days.

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Lily Collins Opens Up About Complex Relationship with Father Phil Collins

Lily Collins Opens Up About Complex Relationship with Father Phil Collins

Lily Collins, the 32-year-old star of Netflix's hit series Emily in Paris, has been making headlines not only for her successful acting career but also for her candid revelations about her personal life. In recent interviews and her memoir, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, Collins has opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder and her complex relationship with her famous father, legendary musician Phil Collins.

Lily Collins was born in 1989 to Phil Collins and his second wife, American socialite Jill Tavelman. When Lily was just five years old, her parents went through a tumultuous two-year divorce proceeding, which ended in 1994. Rumors circulated that Phil Collins had asked for the look, back via fax, a claim he later denied in his 2020 memoir.

Following the divorce, Lily's relationship with her father reportedly remained strained, with her mother claiming that Phil neglected their daughter. In 2012, Lily told The Guardian, "I know the truth and I know how it was for me, and I know how much I love my family – and that's all that really matters." However, in her new memoir, she delves deeper into their complex relationship.

In Unfiltered, Lily writes about becoming "extra careful" about what she said and did, fearing her father would stay away even longer. She also addresses her dad directly, writing, "I forgive you for not always being there when I needed and for not being the dad I expected. I forgive the mistakes you made."

Despite the challenges in her personal life, Lily Collins has found remarkable success in her acting career. Her starring role in Netflix's Emily in Paris, which premiered in 2020, has garnered critical acclaim and a devoted fan base. Theseason's first season reached 58 million households across the globe in its first 28 days, making it Netflix's most popular comedy series of 2020.

Speaking about the show's impact, Collins said, "As an actor, an artist, and a creative, the most meaningful gift is to connect with people through your art in some way... It's an honor to be associated with a project that provided people with some much-needed relief during a trying time when everyone was looking for a reason to smile and laugh."

As Lily Collins continues to captivate audiences with her performances and inspire others by sharing her personal journey, she serves as a reminder that even those who seem to have it all may face their own struggles behind the scenes. Her openness about her experiences has resonated with fans and further solidified her status as a rising star in Hollywood.