Michelle Phillips, John Phillips' second wife and a former member of The Mamas and the Papas, has some choice words for her stepdaughter. She finds MacKenzie's televised incest confessional not only unbelievable, but infuriating, she tells Vanity Fair.
"I'm so embarrassed--and mad," she said. "At Oprah, at the publisher, and at Mackenzie, who should be on a psychiatrist's couch, not on TV." Michelle is not quite ready to concede that her former husband and the father of her daughter, Chynna Phillips, could have committed such heinous acts. "Is this all true? We'll never know, because she waited until John was dead," she said, adding that she was worried about how the news will impact other members of the Phillips family. "If you're going to make these accusations and they don't hurt anyone living, that's one thing. But Mackenzie has affected the lives of all her nieces and nephews, who are not going to school today and are staying home sobbing instead. And the book has come out just at the time that Chynna [a onetime member of the group Wilson Phillips] has to go out on the road with her new album [of Christian music], Chynna and Vaughan. She said, 'Mom, what am I gonna do--not promote my album?' So she's going out today, head held high."
Other members of the original Mamas and Papas inner circle are more compassionate. One responded via email:
"If I could pull John out of his crypt and beat the crap out of him I would. What a tragic, disgusting, and disturbing piece of news."