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Lily Collins 'forgives' father Phil in heartfelt open letter: 'There's still time to move forward'

Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
7 March 2017
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Lily Collins has penned a heartfelt open letter to her father, musician Phil Collins. Addressing their relationship, the 27-year-old actress said she "forgives" the singing legend for not being the father she "expected" him to be, but claims it's "not too late" to rebuild bridges. In her new book, entitled Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, Lily writes: "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. And although it may seem like it's too late, it's not. There's still so much time to move forward."

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Lily Collins has said she "forgives" father Phil in heartfelt open letter

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The rising star, famed for her roles in Mirror Mirror and Love, Rosie, was five when her mother, Jill Tavelman, split from her father - Phil's second marriage. Following the break-up in 1994, Lily and her mother moved to Los Angeles, and the star would only see her father during school holidays. She added: "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. 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."

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"I forgive you for not always being there," she wrote

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Earlier this year, Lily opened up about her secret battle with an eating disorder, and in her memoir - which is out now - she claimed the insecurities stemmed from her famous father. The Hollywood beauty - who plays a young woman battling anorexia in her latest film, To The Bone - explained how she used to binge on "every type of junk food possible," which forced her to throw up and exercise obsessively. She revealed the battle links back to her father's divorce from her stepmother, Phil's third wife Orianne Cevey. She wrote: "Many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my dad."

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