During a long conversation about their “broken” family, Mackenzie Phillips She has opened up about why she chose to forgive her late father John Phillips after the husband’s decade-long abusive and incestuous relationship.
“My father was something else,” Mackenzie, 64, said during a session with his sister on Monday, December 4. Sheena Phillips Baldwin YouTube channel. “And I get a lot of criticism, and a lot of trolling online, for having forgiveness in my heart. Forgiveness, because forgiveness is for me, not for the other person. Forgiveness does not mean that I agree or approve of what I forgive them for. It is very complicated, and yet I feel at peace.” “.
Mackenzie previously claimed in her 2009 memoir, High on arrivalHer abusive relationship with her father began after he raped her at the age of 19 on the night of her marriage to her ex-husband Jeff Sessler. The relationship then allegedly became consensual for nearly a decade, ending once Mackenzie discovered she was pregnant but wasn’t sure if John was the baby’s father. She later had a miscarriage. (MacKenzie was married to Sisler from 1979 to 1981 before moving in with him Shane Fontainewhom she married in 1986. The couple welcomed a son Shane Barakan In 1987 before their separation in 2000. She later married Keith Levinson in 2005.)
Sheena, 55 – He is married Billy Baldwin – They agreed with Mackenzie’s view on their father, sharing that there were “many different levels” to his personality. “He’s obviously a great songwriter, and you know I loved his laugh, and yet there was this whole other side to my dad who was, I mean, kind of, like a monster,” she added. (John died of heart failure in 2001 at the age of 64.)
When Mackenzie pointed out that the Mama’s & Papa’s singer had a “very, very dark side” to him, Chyna responded, “It was very dark, and you didn’t know who you were going to get. It was very unexpected.”
After Mackenzie released her memoir in 2009, she and Sheena had a public falling out, with Sheena claiming that she knew about the incest but was unaware of Mackenzie’s plan to detail it in her book. At the time, Sheena said she would have liked to hold a “little family conference” before publishing the memoir.
“So we can talk about what you feel safe in, and what you don’t feel safe in,” she explained to her sister during a joint interview in 2009. “But you know what? Maybe that wasn’t realistic in our family. Maybe it wouldn’t work.”
John was the father of five children. Mackenzie and his son participated Jeffrey Phillips With the ex-wife Susan Adams. He later married a second wife Michelle Phillips In 1962, the couple welcomed their daughter Sheena before divorcing seven years later. In 1972, he married Ali Genevieve White They welcomed the son Tamerlane Phillips And my daughter Bijou Phillips Before he separated from the order in 1985. (John married his fourth wife, Farnaz Arastehin 1995.)
While Mackenzie faced heat from most of her family following her allegations against John, she and Chyna were eventually able to make amends. “When I stood by your side, I meant it with all my heart and I believed you and I want you to know that I am proud of you for coming out,” she said during the duo’s YouTube conversation.
Chyna noted that the Phillips family has been labeled as one of the “most dysfunctional” families in Hollywood. While discussing their ordeal, the singer referenced the fatal accident on her brother-in-law’s set Alec Baldwin Rust Film and her sister Biju, 43, are filing for divorce from her estranged husband Danny Masterson After he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on two counts of rape earlier this year.
“It’s been a very traumatic few years for me,” she said, explaining that her trauma was manifesting in “very strange” ways such as chest pain and upper back pain. “I feel like I was on a great path to start with that [simplify my life] Then more shock came my way and I lost my way again.
Mackenzie, who has been sober for six years, agreed with her sister, saying she often has to “go and recharge” after engaging in public. “I’m almost isolated,” she said. “But I work in a drug rehabilitation center. … I have to protect myself, but at the same time, I have to be compassionate.”
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).