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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Mamas and Papas, a closer look at Mackenzie’s father

As we reported earlier today, actress and singer Mackenzie Phillips, has just revealed the shocking family secret that she had kept hidden for 31 years. And it turns out, that the secret she had been hiding was that she’d slept with her father.

This has obviously come as a shock to many, as Mackenzie’s father was John Phillips, better known as Papa John from the 1960’s band, The Mamas & The Papas. John Phillips is the father to Jeffrey, Mackenzie, Chynna, Tamerlane and Bijou.

John Phillips was born in South Carolina, to a retired United States Marine Corps officer and a Cherokee Indian, who his father apparently met in Oklahoma. In his autobiography, John Phillips described his father as a heavy drinker.

Phillips had been married four times, with his first wife being Susan Adams, who is the mother of Jeffrey and Mackenzie Phillips. His second wife was Michelle Gilliam, who was also a member of the group The Mamas & The Papas.

The Mamas & The Papas were formed in the 1960’s and included the members Cass Elliot, Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty, as well as John Phillips, who was the primary songwriter for the group. They went on to have several top 10 hits.

They split up in 1968 and in1970, John Phillips released his first solo album. That is when John started using narcotics. In 1972, he married his third wife, Genevieve Waite. John then moved to London in 1973, where he worked with Mick Jagger.

Then in 1981, John was convicted of drug trafficking. Could this be where Mackenzie got her drug problems from? Mackenzie says that it started, with her father raping her when she was unconscious, but soon turned into a consensual relationship.

You can read more on John Phillips here.

What do you think of John and his daughter Mackenzie?

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