Mackenzie Phillips and her dad used to do it

September 23rd, 2009 // 163 Comments

Former child actor Mackenzie Phillips reveals in her upcoming memoirs that she had a “long-term incestuous relationship” with her father John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, People reports:

“On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it,” writes Phillips, who was 19 and a heavy drug user at the time. “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.”
“Had this happened before? I didn’t know. All I can say is it was the first time I was aware of it.”
Phillips’ life began to spiral out of control. In 1980, she was fired from One Day at a Time because of her constant drug use. That same year, she went to rehab – with her father. Her sexual relationship with him had become consensual.

Uh… Happy Hump Day, everybody?

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  1. Haj

    “She is too ugly to have sex with. A face only a father could love.”
    She was cute/exotic looking in her teens. I remember her in that movie American Grafitti (and no I didn’t want to F* her, I just thought she was a cute kid).

    She threw her dad under the bus just to make money on a book. What he did to her when she was underage was low but what she’s doing is low too. You can’t say in one breath ‘he raped me’ and in the next ‘i was doing lots of drugs, woke up in bed with him and went on to f* him for 10 years consensually’. That’s like saying ‘I went to this restaurant and the food sucked so I kept going back for 10 years.’

    But i’m open minded. If two *adults* want to get it on, I don’t care. But that doesn’t mean they have to tell me about it.

  2. Ha


    3000 years ago people weren’t so hung up on ‘race’ as we think of it today. Every village and town was thought of as a people. There was lots of in fighting. As late as the 18th century (1700s) people considered French and Irish to be different races from people in England. The modern concept of race is all just social BS used to control people. In ancient Rome slavery was not based on race at all. And it was illegal to enslave the child of a slave. They had to be let free.

    Before and during the Civil War, rich white southeners had no problem hanging out with rich blacks in private and treating them with respect. Rich whites used racial conflict to control poor, stupid whites. Slavery allowed the rich whites to have huge farms without needing to hire whites to do the work. Read Marrow of Tradition and you’ll find out how behind the scenes it was all a joke on poor people by upper class whites. The upper class never really believed that blacks were inferior. Only idiots believed that.

    Have a nice day

  3. MAndie

    Am I wrong or does she look identical to Miley Cyrus? Seriously

    • Hose A

      “..does she look identical to Miley Cyrus..”

      The next one I expect to hear an “I did it with daddy” confession from, given some of the pics they’ve taken together.

  4. JBlood

    So much of this is going on that you would go blind in a split second if you really knew. As an analyst, I hear about all the time. And it isn’t just Daddy and the Princess. The Queen is doing junior as well. It took me years to accept that this was so common. Really sad, the children NEVER completely get over it.

  5. Ann

    White people are sick, disgusting human beans.
    Whites do most of the dog fights.
    Whites commit 64% of the rapes.
    Whites kill their spouses.
    Most pedophiles, sex offenders in America are White.

    Don’t turn this on Black people, because you’re sick! I’m not Black either.

  6. Jordannglasberg

    I think this is completely sick!
    Why would she announce this to the world, and why is this something she is proud of?
    I don’t understand how this is good gossip, its horrible and wrong!
    I just don’t find this interesting and people should ignore it so that she doesn’t continue.

  7. I have empathy and a sense of peace that Mackenzie might feel from here on telling her story was courageous. Most of us have not endured all of the hardships but I can relate to some. I applaud you Mackenzie for telling your story and rising to this place of truth . You have a kind heart which shows through.. I wish you all the peace and happiness from here on…

  8. ferdinando

    Father with no boundaries …. all is valid !!!
    Mack… John’s female.
    They did it . They enjoyed at full !!

  9. Ellen

    I cant believe all the dehumanizing, degrading comments engaging in rape apologia and victim blaming. The demeaning comments, making rape out to be a compliment (“she’s too ugly to have sex with”) or saying it was consensual sex. Appalling.

    There is no such thing as consensual pedophilia and incest, because there exists an inherently unequal power relationship between an adult and a child – especially if that relationship is of parent/child. I remember a few years ago when Mackenzie Phillips first talked about her incestuous relationship with her father, she called it consensual incest for lack of a better word as she admitted later and because she was somehow taught to believe all these years that she had fault at this, that she was part of it and that it was her wanting to sleep with her father.

    After talking to countless incest survivors she finally realized that there is no such thing due to the inherent power a parent has over a child. The child is just trying to make sense of this situation and she feels that the only way she can survive is by saying that “i am creating it” or “I must have had some power in it” or ‘I am consenting to it” when in reality the kind of relationship an adult, especially a parent, has with a child makes consent impossible.

    Now not only her truthfulness is under fire, but she also gets attacked viciously as a liar and terrible human being who is way too ugly to ever have been given the compliment of rape. She is ridiculed and dehumanized her pain trivialized and made the butt of jokes.

    The world looks very different once you replace “I don’t think you should feel that way” with “I want to understand why you feel that way.”

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