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Mackenzie Phillips’ Big Regret About Revealing Her Incest Secret On ‘Oprah’

When former baby star Mackenzie Phillips dropped the bombshell on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2009 that she’d had a ten-yr sexual relationship together with her well-known father, Mamas and Papas member John Phillips, everybody was shocked — together with her household, by their very own accounts.

Michelle Phillips, Mackenzie’s former stepmother and Mamas and Papas member, expressed outrage that Mackenzie was showing on TV as an alternative of sitting on a therapist’s sofa. John’s spouse on the time of the alleged abuse, Genevieve Waite, issued a agency assertion of denial. Even Mackenzie’s supportive half-sisters, Chyna and Bijou, have been devastated by the story. (John Phillips had handed away in 2001.)

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Mackenzie Phillips and father John Phillips circa 1981, a couple of years after Mackenzie says their sexual relationship started.

Given the household response, the general public frenzy and the continued ache that resulted within the wake of her reveal, it is pure to marvel if Mackenzie now regrets something about how the occasions performed out almost seven years in the past.

Oprah asks the fifty six-yr-previous this very query when the 2 sit down for a comply with-up airing this weekend on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

“There is just a little little bit of a therapeutic train in taking a look at how you’d do issues in another way,” Mackenzie admits.

Yet, Mackenzie additionally believes there was a sure level at which she could not have executed something in a different way. Once the key was out, it appeared to get away from her. “It was type of a runaway practice that I had no energy of stopping,” she says.

So, if Mackenzie have been to vary something about sharing that secret, she says she would have executed it previous to showing on “Oprah.”

“I would have gotten all of them collectively and ready them higher,” Mackenzie says of her relations. “But… the factor is, once they all say, ‘We did not know [about the incest],’ all of them already knew. So, that’s simply one thing one has to cope with.”

Mackenzie’s full interview airs on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, this Saturday, April N, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

Related on Oprah.com: The surprising flip of occasions that made Mackenzie finish her incestuous affair

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Mackenzie Phillips Through the Years


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