Now that her story is public, the question on people’s minds is “What does Mackenzie Phillips‘ family think of her revealing secret?” It’s no picnic to hear someone in your family air dirty laundry and when it’s something as horrible as incest, it’s sure to be polarizing.
The Phillips family certainly has different reactions, ranging from support to disbelief. Mackenzie’s half-sister Chynna (of the band Wilson Phillips) told Us Weekly that she became depressed when she first heard the news, but ended up standing by her sister and said of the affair: “After long nights of heroin use, she’s claiming that she once woke up and that my father was on top of her having sex with her. Was he actually raping her? I don’t know. Do I believe that they had an incestuous relationship and that it went on for 10 years? Yes.”
This is contrary to Chynna’s mother (and Mackenzie’s step-mother), Michelle Phillips who was in The Mamas and The Papas with her husband John, and who had some pretty harsh words about her stepdaughter, saying, “If she thinks it’s true, why isn’t she with a good psychiatrist on a couch? I think it’s unconscionable that Oprah would let her do her show. I have every reason to believe it’s untrue. Oprah should be more judicious about who she has on her show. . .The whole thing is timed. Mackenzie is jealous of her siblings, who have accomplished a lot and did not become drug addicts.”
Her brother (and fellow recovering addict) Tamerlane has been posting video after video of himself rambling about the case (and his financial problems) on YouTube, and Dr. Drew has also weighed in on Mackenzie’s allegations. “She’s been sober long enough that she can really reflect upon the fact that these were real feelings,” says Dr. Drew, who counsels Mac about her incest on the upcoming season of “Celebrity Rehab.” “This was somebody she really cares about and this was despicable situation.” [Photo: GettyImages]