By: Renee Grant
The daughter of iconic rocker Phil Collins has opened up in a new book, discussing her past struggles with her father, former boyfriends, and her battle with eating disorders.
The book of essays, titled Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, is meant to inspire and encourage Lily Collins‘ young fans. By opening up about her personal issues, the actress hopes to show others in the same situation that they can overcome it all.
“Because my dad was often gone, I never wanted to do anything that would make him stay away even longer,” she writes in an open letter in the book. “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.”
Lily goes on to talk about how, after her parents divorced, her time away from her father was a painful moment in her life.
“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.”
Speaking to her goal of inspiring other girls with her book, Lily says, “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.”
Will you be picking up a copy of Collins’ book?