Who is a contender for the Worst Parent Award? John Phillips of the famous 60s rock band The Mamas and the Papas and father of actress MacKenzie Phillips. In a brand new tell-all hitting the shelves today, Mackenzie spills the beans on her childhood and her relationship with her father throughout her life. And it’s shocking. Really shocking. Here are some of the highlights, or in this case lowlights…
She shared with Oprah Winfrey about how her dad shot her up with heroin. And when he did, he missed the vein and her whole arm went numb. He also reportedly got her hooked on cocaine.
But the biggest shocker was that she had sex with her dad. According to her book High On arrival, she said that she first had sex with her dad the night before her wedding to Jess Sessler when she was 19. She wrote “”On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it. At the time she was a heavy drug user, “I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad’s bed….My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.” That was the first time (she thinks but isn’t sure). But the relationship continued for ten years and “became consensual”.
The relationship ended because MacKenzie got pregnant and was worried that her Dad may be the father. She had an abortion, which her dad paid for, and she never let him touch her ever again.
Mackenzie waited until her father died to write about her relationship with him. Do you think going public with these allegations is a healthy thing to do or is it exploiting your own tragic memories.