In an open letter from her new book of essays titled 'Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me', Lily Collins reveals that she has forgiven her father and singer Phil Collins for not being there for her.

The 27-year-old actress also addresses the difficult relationship she shares with her father, reported a leading news portal.
"Because my dad was often gone, I never wanted to do anything that would make him stay away even longer.

"I became extra careful about what I said and how I said it, afraid he'd think I was angry or didn't love him. And the truth is, I was angry. I missed him and wanted him there," she writes in the chapter titled 'A Letter to All Dads'.

Lily's parents divorced when she was five and Collins then moved from England to Switzerland, creating a vacuum of estrangement between the two, which had its effect on the 'Mirror Mirror' star over time – ranging from relationship issues to her struggle with eating disorders.

She writes that she forgives him for his mistakes and "for not always being there when I needed and for not being the dad I expected."