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Sunday 30 April 2017

Is Phil Collins really such a bad dad?

Genesis star's daughter Lily penned a letter to her father criticising him as a parent, but no-one's perfect, writes Sophie Donaldson

DAUGHTER DEAREST: Phil and Lily Collins in what we presume were happier times Picture: Getty
DAUGHTER DEAREST: Phil and Lily Collins in what we presume were happier times Picture: Getty

Sophie Donaldson

Poor Phil Collins. Just like that, he went from musical prodigy to musical parody, constantly lampooned by both the press and his peers.

Potshots have been flung at him from everyone including Rolling Stone magazine, the Gallagher brothers - even South Park. The internet is awash with articles with titles like 'Is It Time We All Stopped Hating Phil Collins?' and 'Phil Collins is an Asshat'. In 2015, an online petition nearly reached its target of 5,000 signatures to stop him coming out of retirement.

If this wasn't enough his daughter, Lily Collins, has just published a book of essays that includes an open letter to him in which she "forgives" her father. Not for producing Testify - but for "not being the dad I expected".

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