Mackenzie Phillips told Oprah on her show today that her sexual relationship with her father — Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips — began in a blackout and lasted a decade.
I think a lot of girls who grew up in those years could say the same, just not about their dad.
But Mackenzie insists the affair ended when she
became pregnant and didn't know who the father was. Suspecting it was her dad's, she had an
abortion — that John Phillips paid for — and "and I never let him touch me
Mackenziesaid the sexual relationship, although she believes
it became consensual, was "an abuse of power" and "a
betrayal" on her father's part. She says she forgave him on his
"I can't be the only one this has happened to,"
Phillips said. "Someone needs to put a face on consensual incest."
OK, we get it, and we understand how important it is to make it public. But seriously, it kinda ruins the sweet, innocent Mamas and Papas' music for, like, ever.
We'll never listen to "California Dreamin' " again without thinking of John and his daughter together. How about you?
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