Lily Collins Pays a Heartfelt Tribute To Her Father I Love You, Phil Collins, on your 71st birthday.
Lily Collins, Phil Collins’ daughter, shared a sweet throwback photo in honor of her father’s birthday, stating she will ‘always need’ her father and that she loves him ‘to the moon and back again.’
«Happy birthday, Dad,» Lily Collins wrote on January 30, the day her father, Phil Collins, turned 71 years old. Lily, 32, uploaded a flashback shot of herself as a baby piggybacking on her father’s shoulders on Instagram.
«I may no longer fit easily in your arms or sit comfortably on your shoulders,» Emily In Paris said, «yet you continue to hug me tightly when I need it most.» We don’t get to spend much time together, but when we do, you can see me. You might not believe me when I say that no matter how old I become or what life throws at me, I will always need you.»
«Whether I’m proudly watching you perform on stage or laughing at home with you while playing trivial pursuit, I’ll always be happy for the moments and memories we have,» Emily continued in her birthday tribute.
«Especially the ones I cherish now that I’m a grownup.» Thank you for inspiring and empowering me to become the woman I am today. I adore you to the stars and back…» Emily’s fans reacted positively to the sweet tribute, leaving heart emojis and birthday wishes in the comments area.
Phil’s only kid with Jill Tavelman, his second wife, is Lily. After he allegedly sent breakup fax, Jill and Phil separated in 1994. (a rumor he denied, per Vanity Fair.) She’s the most well-known of his children, having begun her acting career at the age of two on BBC’s Growing Pains.
In the 2009 Sandra Bullock film The Blind Side, she made her breakthrough. Following that, she starred in Priest, Mirror Mirror, and Rules Don’t Apply, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2016. However, she is best recognized for her portrayal as Emily in Paris, a Netflix comedy-drama.
Phil and his daughter didn’t always have a warm relationship. «I forgive you for not always being there for me when I needed you and for not being the father I expected,» she said in Unfiltered: There’s no remorse, no regrets, just me.
Lily forgave her father for «the faults you committed» in her life in an open letter, which was included in this 2017 book of personal writings. «And, while it may appear that it is too late, it is not. There’s still plenty of time to make progress.»
«We all make decisions,» she wrote at the time, «and, while I don’t excuse any of yours, we can’t change the past at the end of the day.» I’m learning to accept your acts and express my feelings about them. «I embrace and respect my sadness and anger about the things you did or didn’t do, gave or didn’t give me. Clearly, the two have reconciled.