Michelle Phillips Says Mackenzie Is Full of It

Celebuzz / September 24, 2009

Hey, remember yesterday, when Mackenzie Phillips shocked the world by claiming that she’d had an incestuous relationship with her late father, The Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips?

Yeah, well, not so fast.

Phillips’ stepmother, Michelle Phillips—who was married to Papa John from 1962 to 1970—is thoroughly refuting Mackenzie’s claims in an interview with Showbiz 411.

The elder Phillips notes that, in 1997, Mackenzie told all of her family members about the alleged relationship with her father, but then quickly contacted Michelle again to issue a “just kidding” disclaimer:

“She told me [about the supposed incestuous relationship], then she called me back and said, ‘You know I’m joking.’ I said it wasn’t funny. Mackenzie said, ‘I guess we have different senses of humor.’ ”

Not that Michelle thinks her ex was an angel, mind you. She just doesn’t believe that he was capable of sleeping with his own daughter:

“John was a bad parent, and a drug addict. But [expletive deleted] his daughter? If she thinks it’s true, why isn’t she with a good psychiatrist on a couch? I think it’s unconscionable that Oprah [Winfrey] 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.”

So why is Mackenzie spreading this falsehood to the public now? Phillips suggests that poor judgment brought on by decades of drug abuse, coupled with sibling rivalry, is compelling her to push herself into the spotlight with these outlandish claims:

“Mackenzie has a lot of mental illness. She’s had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years. She was arrested for heroin and coke just recently. She did Celebrity Rehab and now she writes a book. The whole thing is timed…Mackenzie is jealous of her siblings, who have accomplished a lot and did not become drug addicts.”

Hmm; interesting theory. Readers, let us know in the comments section: Whose side of the story do you believe, Mackenzie’s or Michelle’s?