The 27-year-old actress and model has spoken candidly about her
relationship with the 66-year-old singer-songwriter in an open letter,
saying she has forgiven him for being absent at crucial moments in her
In Lily’s debut book, ‘Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me’ –
excerpts of which are published in the Daily Mail newspaper – she
explains: “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.”
Lily, whose mother is Phil’s second wife Jill Tavelman, revealed she
has learned how to “accept” her father’s perceived failings as a
She wrote: “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.”
Meanwhile, the Golden Globe-nominated actress has also discussed her
battle with anorexia and bulimia – which she claimed was tied to
Phil’s divorce from his third wife Orianne Cevey.
Phil, who has four more children, was married to Orianne from 1999 until 2008.
Reflecting on the impact of their split, Lily shared: “Not only did I
start viewing myself differently physically, but I began limiting my
happiness by controlling my eating habits.
“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.”